5 Swimrise Tips for Sunrise Swimming

One positive to winter for open water swimmers is that sunrises are later, making swimrises – swimming at sunrise – more regularly achievable. If you’re thinking of giving it a go, we’ve got some tips you should be aware of. The sun rises in the east (and sets in the west), so the best sunrise swims will be at spots that face towards the east. Take a look at our Swim Spots map to get an idea of some east-facing spots. The time on your sunrise calendar is when the sun should be visible, but the

Why Use A Tow-Float in Open Water?

You’ve seen the water dotted with them, but why should open water swimmers use a tow-float? First of all, let’s explain what they are. A tow-float is a small, brightly-coloured inflatable that you attach to your body via a waist band and leash. It floats along behind you as you swim, making you more visible to other water users, particularly boats and jetskis. You can also use a tow-float to rest on while you’re waiting for your friends to catch up, or even as a pillow to lay back and enjoy th

3 Things for Open Water Swimmers To Do In The Pool

3 Things for Open Water Swimmers To Do In The Pool Winter in Ireland means cold water getting colder and open water swims getting shorter – or disappearing altogether. But you can still get your swimming fix and improve your open water swimming in the pool! Swimming in the pool is essential to improving and maintaining your swimming fitness, and following a good training plan, getting…... Login Join Now This content is for Me and the Water members only.

What is sighting? How do you get good at it?

What is sighting? How do you get good at it? One key difference between pool swimming and open water swimming is that you have no lane lines or markings on the floor to follow. The world is literally your oyster and you can go in any direction you please, for as long as you wish. The downside to this new-found freedom is you have to…... Login Join Now This content is for Me and the Water members only.

Darren Yates - A Magnificent Journey Continues

What would life be like for successful businessman and eminent race horse owner Darren Yates now if he hadn't won a massive £550,000 betting on Frankie Dettori to win seven races on one day at the Ascot Races in September 1996? It's 23 years since the “magnificent seven” delivered a huge stroke of luck for the Lancashire man and now he's hitting the headlines for spending outrageous sums on horses to win for him - recently breaking the spending record acquire a relation of the brilliant Sprinte
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