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…

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…

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…

Kilfarassey beach in summer with lots of people

memory and water

It may have been a summer or an early autumn day, back when the working class of Ireland all went on holiday in the first week of August, sometime during what I would later discover had come to be known as the New Age or Age of Aquarius elsewhere in the world. It’s not even a whole day…

Explorations of Mindfulness in Swimming – I – Pool T60

It is an oft-repeated observation of many swimmers that the sport itself is meditative, with many experienced lap and open water swimmers reporting they regularly “zone out“. Some years ago, I wrote a brief article considering the positive or enhanced state of Alpha wave production in the brain during certain physical activities such as surfing and open water swimming,…

A scarlet large face wristwatch called a Pace Watch with only minute and seconds hands, used for tracking swimmers times and rests

Review: PaceWatch, an interesting twist on (pool) swimming watches

A significant technological change in swimming over the previous few years has been the development and introduction of various sports watches intended primarily for swimming. Most of these watches introduce some feature or combination of features, from lap counting to calorie expenditure to GPS tracking. For example some years ago I reviewed the Swimovate PoolMate watch, my…

Daily news of Open Water Swimming front page announcement of Lone Swimmer as new editor in chief

Exciting changes for Loneswimmer.com and Daily News of Open Water Swimming as Lone Swimmer becomes new DNOWS Editor-in-Chief

It’s with great excitement that I make the announcement today of a big change in the world of online swimming∗. ∗(Definition of Online Swimming: Reading online nonsense about swimming because you don’t have time for actual swimming in real life. Aka, writing online nonsense about swimming because you don’t have time for actual swimming in real life). As…

Review: Zoggs Swimming Snorkel (aka Centre Snorkel)

In the autumn of 2014 I picked up an injury when I got a Grade 3 ankle sprain. I couldn’t swim much due to lingering chest infection (and didn’t want to either, as open water swimming season was ending). However years of ingrained habit made me swim anyway. I thought some kicking might help rehabilitate my ankle but I found a…