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Serpentine’s Seriously Splendid Swimming

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. There are a number of oases of open water swimming around the world: Sandycove Island, Aquatic Park, Cape Town, Waikiki, Copacabana Beach, Cancun and many other locations from warm [...]

Sitting On The Shoreline Impressed With Others

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. While Ram Barkai has a remarkable ability to control his shivering after swimming in water under 5ºC (41ºF), it was even more impressive to watch people from various walks [...]

Frozen Solid Post-Swim Shower

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Soon after the Daily News of Open Water Swimming reported on the Serpentine Swimming Club and its mindset of "just get on with it" (see here), reports came out [...]

Anticipating And Dealing With The Cold

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. In the Mediterranean climate of Southern California where hundreds of outdoor pools dot the landscape, there are tens of thousands of swimmers who train daily under professional well-paid coaches. [...]

John Tierney Penning Poetry

John Tierney of the Serpentine Swimming Club penned this poem: Some say that swimming is boring, perhaps a trifle dull, Splashing past chlorinated lane ropes, with very little to mull. But other places are more [...]

Serpentine Swimming Club Has The Right Stuff

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. "You won't kill yourself," were the first and repeated encouraging words from the die-hard members of the Serpentine Swimming Club in London. Their advice was "to get in, get [...]

The Temple Of Open Water Swimming

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. With a heavy fog laying down over Hyde Park, the early morning hours in the Serpentine presented a tranquility that was more characteristic of a rural setting than a [...]

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