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Why swimming is sublime

My first memory of the sea: slugs and snails inside my Wellingtons. Actually, my boots were full of sand and water, but to my pre-school mind the gritty squelch was because of slimy gastropods, crawling into my shoes. My lesson: the water is indifferent to seams, borders and barriers. It invades …

Winter swimming: why I love it

I've been swimming outside in cold temperatures since I was a kid. It all started at the unheated outdoor pool in Bickley, near where I grew up in Kent. I don't remember it ever being that cold, but I should point out that I did always have a generous layer of subcutaneous fat on my side.<p>In 2011, …

How to Make Adult Swim Training Less Boring

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Crazy US men go swimming in the snow

Two bored friends in the city of Duluth, Minnesota, risk hypothermia by going for a dip in the deep outside their door clad in only tiny swimming trunks<p>Shane Campbell and Steve Morris from the city of Duluth, Minnesota decided that the appropriate attire for four feet of snow was a pair of tiny …

Top five classic swimming books

Despite the admirable if intimidating example set by a few hardy individuals around winter, and the occasional "anything goes" Christmas exception, I have to admit to being a bit of a fair-weather wild swimmer myself. (By pretty inclusive British standards anyway – 12 degrees in the March drizzle? …

What The First Man To Swim At The North Pole Can Teach Us About Leadership

To those of us who are satisfied with a jog on the treadmill or a 45-minute yoga class, endurance adventures like running 100 miles or swimming from Cuba to Florida can sound plain crazy.<p>Which is part of what makes Lewis Pugh's accomplishments all the more impressive, considering the wisdom he has …

Heroes of swimming: Dawn Fraser

How about this for a swimming epitaph to be proud of? It's from the 1965 International Swimming Hall of Fame entry for Dawn Fraser:<p>"Her good times were not all in the water. Her rule-breaking has been almost as dramatic as her record-breaking."<p>Of course, the idea of rule-breaking by Aussie swimmers …

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Animals take a swim – in pictures

From huge elephants to tiny harvest mice – and lucky pigs that swim in the clear waters of the Bahamas – take a look at these creatures enjoying the water

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Heroes of swimming: George Freeth

Even the best swimmers can get into difficulty in the water, especially in the open ocean. There are any number of dangers (most of which boil down to hubris): currents, waves, tides, cramp, even unexpectedly swimming into a thick, swirling shoal of mackerel. Don't laugh: it happened off Brighton …

Swimming lessons: the Total Immersion method

<b>Can you not swim yet?</b><br>Actually, I think maybe I can …<p><b>Really?</b><br>Yes, really. All these lessons have paid off, but I feel as though I finally managed to properly grasp the mechanics of freestyle on an intensive swimming weekend, using the Total Immersion method.<p><b>Total Immersion. Good grief. That sounds</b> …

How to overcome your fear of swimming

<i>"People wish to learn to swim and at the same keep one foot on the ground."</i> <b>—</b> Marcel Proust<p>I teach swimming to nervous adults. Some of my pupils are so nervous that one could say they have a form of aquaphobia. One woman I taught was so fearful of water on her face that when she had her shower …

Swimming gadgets tried and tested: 'Everyone is looking for that little advantage'

Decorated twice at the last Commonwealth games, Jazz Carlin will carry a considerable burden of expectation on her powerful shoulders to next summer's games in Glasgow, where she will compete in the long-course freestyle events that have become her speciality. The training before then must be …

Learning to swim: the incredible joy of jumping in

Most children seem to love jumping into the water – the children I teach would spend the whole swimming lesson leaping into the water if I let them. It is unusual, but the other day one of my adult pupils surprised me by asking about jumping and even diving into the water. He is a new swimmer. He's …

8 Reasons to Start Swimming

Yes, the treadmill is fun and so are those dumbbells, but it can be easy to get stuck in a workout rut. If you're looking for a total-body routine …

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Why I love swimming

I've written around the subject of swimming without talking much about the doing of it, perhaps because writing is so at odds with what swimming is. But I like a challenge – I swim in cold water, of course I like a challenge – so I'm going to plunge in.<p>Before that, let's stand at the side of the …

Heroes of swimming: Johnny Weissmuller

"So the producer asked my name and he said it would never do. 'It's too long. It'll never fit on a marquee. We'll have to change it.' Then the director butted in: 'Don't you ever read the papers? This guy is the world's greatest swimmer.' The producer said OK, I could keep my name, and he told the …

Dipping my toe into cold-water swimming

I'm standing at the edge of the men's swimming pond at Hampstead Heath. And I can completely understand why I'm virtually alone. Just as you wouldn't find 4'33'' by John Cage on the karaoke machine, and in the same way that Marcel Duchamp's Fountain never featured among Athena's range of iconic …

Swimming lessons: the Miracle Swimming method

<b>What swimming method have you been trying this time?</b><br>I had a go at the Miracle Swimming method with A2Z Swim this week.<p><b>That's a bold name. What's so miraculous about it?</b><br>In short, it teaches you not to be afraid of the water. Which is difficult when you think about it, because instinctively and for …

Facing Her Worst Fear: An ELLE Writer Learns to Swim at 28

"I'm afraid to go deep" was an oft-uttered phrase that became something of a metaphor for Irina Aleksander's life until, at age 28, she decided to take the plunge<p>We are here to learn how to swim. By <i>we</i>, I am referring to the two dozen or so men and women between the ages of 20 and 60 who are huddled …

Heroes of swimming: Esther Williams

In all the world, there's only one swimmer who's been a cause of conflict between three of the world's most powerful navies. It wasn't quite battleships-at-dawn: this was more a minor-contusions sort of affair. But what it lacked in large explosions it made up for in longevity, since this conflict …

Getting the splash back on TV: how to give swimming a small-screen revival

Swimming is the most popular participation sport in the UK. BBC Sports tells us that just under 2.9 million people participate at least once a week. But since Baywatch finished in 2001 there hasn't been a programme on television that reflects that interest. So I have decided to develop one. I'm …

Seven festive swims to celebrate the Christmas season in sub-zero style

Surprisingly, the outdoor Christmas swim is not a bastion of purely British eccentricity. People around the world choose to celebrate the joy of the festive season by submerging themselves in water ranging from somewhat cool to quite-literally freezing. (We're talking axes to break the ice before …

Downers Grove North Swim Twins End Family's Legacy on High Note

The Sims siblings have dominated for Downers Grove North swim and dive for years. Now their story ends as twins Gabby and Maddy leave for the …

Man Shows the Best Way to Put on a Swim Cap

As this man shows, there is a quick and easy way to put on a swim cap.<p>Hat tip to Reddit user Thund3rbolt for the find.

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Heroes of swimming: Duke Kahanamoku

What's the best way to encourage children to feel confident in the water? A shallow, warm pool? Floats and arm bands? One-to-one lessons? The old Hawaiians were made of sterner stuff. When Duke Kahanamoku was a small boy, his uncles paddled him out into Honolulu harbour in an outrigger canoe and …

Should Young Boys Be Banned From Women's Swimming Pool Change Rooms?

A chain of commercial swimming pool centres in Sydney has introduced a new rule banning young kids from accompanying their parents into different-sex …