How i prepared for the Portland Bridge marathon swim

The Portland Bridge swim race is one of those unique, bucket list swimming events that made me want to become an open water swimmer in the first place. The course runs along the Willamette River…

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What is a natural swimming wetsuit? 

A natural swimming wetsuit 101. What is a natural swimming wetsuit, what are the benefits, and do I need one? What is a natural swimming wetsuit?  A natural swimming wetsuit is a wetsuit designed to…

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Why i made the switch to a natural swimming wetsuit

Amateur open water swimmer Audrey Sanchez explains what made her decide to switch to a ‘natural’ swimming wetsuit and why she’ll never go back. Audrey Sanchez grew up pool swimming in Illinois. “Swimming was my…

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The best open water swimming goggles in 2024

Outside of the narrow lines of a swimming pool, in open water, where the dark, deep yawns beneath your belly, you need every bit of help you can get to stay on track and sight…

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Open water wetsuit fitting guide

This wetsuit fitting guide explains the five important measurements you need to properly fit a wetsuit,  how to measure yourself accurately, how to determine the correct wetsuit size, and how to read a sizing chart…

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How to sight in open water

Many swimmers do the bulk of their training in the pool, expecting the transition to open water to be relatively seamless, but there are some aspects of open water swimming that you need to train…

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A humble lesson on Lake Kachess

Sudden and unexpected rough swimming conditions turn a perfect wild swimming adventure into scary lesson about danger and preparedness. It was a beautiful sunny day at Lake Kachess. This was the perfect peace we had…

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Swim Around Magical Isola San Giulio, Lago d’Orta

This is the account of our self-guided open water swim around Isola San Giulio, in Lago d’Orta, Northern Italy. Often referred to as the “hidden gem” of the Italian Lakes, Lake Orta is a small, picturesque…

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Why I love the Orca Vitalis Openwater Hi-Vis Wetsuit

You might already know that i’m a big fan of Orca Wetsuits. The fit is usually great for me as a woman. I find their suits comfortable, light, and i wore my last suit until…

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The Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, Lago Maggiore

This is the account of our self-guided open water swim to the very steps of the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso in the pristine waters of Lake Maggiore, Northern Italy. Perched impossibly on a…

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Waterlog: A Swimmer’s Journey Through Britain – by Roger Deakin

“Waterlog – A Swimmer’s Journey Through Britain” is the captivating, introspective account of BBC film-maker and environmentalist Roger Deakin’s novel and hugely inspirational journey through the seas, pools, and waterways of Great Britain. Published in…

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Waterlog: A short film about anxiety and wild swimming

As a person with anxiety who found peace in the water, this short film by Ben Cox about writer Joe Minihane and his battle with anxiety really hit a note with me. Joe discovers that…

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