Christmas swim for little Sisters of the Poor 2007

How To: Advice for Christmas or New Year swimming in cold water for irregular or casual open water swimmers – No Wetsuits Allowed

PREPARE and OBSERVE If swimming by yourself, make sure you inform someone where and when and preferably have an observer. Your most important pre-swim action to make sure you know where to exit the water safely. Watch the water before you get in. If you have been drinking alcohol the night before, please don’t swim. If…

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotation: To Be Yourself In a World That is constantly trying to make you someone else is the greatest accomplishment

Are You Swimtastic?

In a World Where Everyone is Fantastic. In a World Where Everyone is Connected, I don’t have a Facebook account. There is ample evidence that social media can be an echo chamber or shall we say a distortion of the reality. We are all familiar with the online heroes, those who are fantastic at everything.…

Golden evening light makes a dangerous water filled slate quarry seem magical

How To: Understand the Features and Hazards of the Different Types of Open Water Swimming Locations – III – Estuaries and Man-Made Locations Including Quarries, Reservoirs and Canals

This third and final part follows: Part One on Oceans. Part Two on Lakes and Rivers. I was at the top of the 1000 foot high Cliffs of Moher with the wind was blowing Force 11. I noticed that unsurprisingly most people were unable to move easily. It had never previously occurred to me that somehow over years…

Under the first bridge in Clonmel, one of five.

How To: Understand the Features and Hazards of the Different Types of Open Water Swimming Locations – II – Lakes and Rivers

This is the second of a three-part series covering the features and hazards of open water swimming locations, the first of which covered the ocean.The Ocean is sufficiently complex and changeable to require its own article. I had intended in this second part to cover the remaining locations but the article was simply too long. Part Three will cover…

Deep Inside Newtown Cave

The Awful Cave

My days of being an open water swimmer are over. The sea is lost to me now and I don’t think I can ever go back. Being a swimmer has been as important a part of my life for 10 years as a decent job or good health. It was something I did not foresee ending.…

Black and white photo of a sudden squall storm in Tramore Bay in Ireland

How To: Understand the Features and Hazards of the Different Types of Open Water Swimming Locations – I – The Ocean

  Open water is open water, right? Well, yes and no.  Sure, water itself is only water, whether fresh, salt water or brackish, and if you can swim, then theoretically you may think that’s all you need to know. Unfortunately, too many beginner and intermediate open water swimmers don’t think about the various conditions and hazards…