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Pools Are Boring - Take on These 12 Open Water Swims

Adam Nakada

Pools Are Boring - Take on These 12 Open Water Swims

In recent years, outdoor swimming has exploded in popularity. Now, you can swim in spectacular locations across the world, conquering lochs, lakes, rivers, and even oceans. But if you’re a beginner, it can be difficult to know how to join in. Our solution? Combine your holiday with one of these 12 organized swims that are perfect for newbies … just watch out for sharks. 1 OF 12 Monte Cristo Challenge WHERE: Marseille, France Distance: 0.6 miles In the novel The Count of Monte Cristo, hero Edmond Dantes enacts a daring escape from Château d’If in the Bay of Marseille by...

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Ice Swimming: Are YOU ready to take the plunge?

Adam Nakada

Ice Swimming: Are YOU ready to take the plunge?

Ice swimming. Not an appealing idea for many, but these events, which take place in water colder than 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius), are gaining popularity…and here’s what’s even more surprising-  you won't see anyone in a wetsuit. Although it might give many the shivers, many swimmers report that these events are fun and invigorating. Are polar bear plunges good for you? There are ice swimming events wherever there's a cool stretch of water: Russia, South Africa, the United States, and Scotland are just a few countries that have hosted races. With over 40 countries having branches of the...

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How to Swim in a Straight Line

Adam Nakada

How to Swim in a Straight Line

With so many elements to think about when swimming up and down, from preventing your legs from sinking to perfecting your breathing pattern, heading in a straight line can be a bigger feat than expected. Nobody wants to waste time and effort zig-zagging. Everyone needs to know how to swim in a straight line. The starting point is in maintaining a good body position. Goggles are an essential piece of kit for anyone who wishes to maintain a good position. With your face in the water, keep your eyes fixed on a point down and slightly forward. Your head should...

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How Often Should You Apply Sunscreen If You're Swimming?

Adam Nakada

How Often Should You Apply Sunscreen If You're Swimming?

Dermatologists say you should reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially when you're at the beach or outside for extended periods of time. You can still get a tan with sunscreen on because while sun creams block many damaging skin-burning rays, they're not as great at filtering out the milder rays, which penetrate deeper into the skin. Sunburns can lead to skin cancer, which is why it's important to wear some protection when you're exposed to the sun, whether it's at the beach, or on a stroll around town. It's getting warmer out there, and that can only mean one thing:...

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The Best Triathlon Watch

Adam Nakada

The Best Triathlon Watch

If you’ve just started doing triathlon or you’re a seasoned age grouper who’s ready to get to the nitty-gritty of your training stats, a triathlon watch is your best option for measuring your swimming, biking, and running metrics.  While there are many watches on the market that can do this and much, much more, we felt these three were outstanding for their features and quality: Garmin Forerunner 935 This particular watch is one of Garmin’s best watch ever released. It is just loaded with so many features, while still being lightweight with excellent battery life (a maximum of 24 hours...

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