Shapland Swimming As A Near Septuagenarian

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. The oldest individuals to have successfully crossed the English Channel include renowned members of the Half Century Club: 1. Otto Thaning (South Africa), 73 years, E/F, 12:52 in 2014 [...]

How Old Can They Go? Very Old

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. We are quite confident that the record books will be completely rewritten over the next 20-30 years in terms of the healthful longevity of open water swimmers. At this [...]

Septuagenarian Swimmers Still

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. When Des Renford first swam the English Channel in 1970, he was 43 years old and was referred to in the press as "Maroubra Grandfather Des Renford" because back [...]

Open Water Swimmers Have A Long, Long Way To Go

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. This summer, 73-year-old Dr. Otto Thaning of South Africa (12 hours 52 minutes) and 70-year-old Cyril Baldock of Australia (12 hours 45 minutes) completed a crossing of the English [...]

Dr. Otto Thaning Knows All About Heart

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Dr. Otto Thaning is a heart surgeon from Cape Town, South Africa who knows a lot about the heart and about heart. While he focuses on the heart (muscle) [...]

The Age-Old Courage And Speed Of Cyril Baldock

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Not only did Cyril Baldock of Australia, a life member of Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club and 7-time national surf-swim and rescue/resuscitation champion, complete a crossing of the [...]

Planning Ahead To Be The Oldest

Cyril Baldock is an Australian open water swimmer and a life member of Bondi Surf Bathers' Life Saving Club. The 7-time national surf-swim and rescue/resuscitation champion completed the English Channel in 1985 in 10 hours [...]