Posts Tagged ‘Water Sports’

The Bulletin reports: Wild and wet: Where to find the best natural swimming spots in Belgium. Fans of wild swimming need to head out of the capital to enjoy the pleasure of cool, non-chlorinated water.

Recreation Park De Ster







Grand Large, Mons
For the first time in many years, swimming will be authorised at the city’s lake this summer. Up to now bathing has been forbidden due to the danger of passing boats and barges. Extensive facilities at the site include a marina, renovated club house and indoor and outdoor pools. Alternatively, one of the best places for freshwater swimming in Hainaut province is Godarville lake at Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont, between Charleroi and La Louvière. Part of the Claire-Fontaines domain and relaxation centre, it offers a range of water sports and is a paradisiacal spot when the sun shines. Both sites are accessible by public transport.

Bloso Domein Hofstade




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The Leicester Mercury reports: A 100-metre slip’n’slide will be helping to raise money for the Loros hospice at a family event this summer. The popular ride will be at this year’s Family Fun Day at Leicester Racecourse on Sunday, August 7.

Loros fundraising co-ordinator Laura Fitzsawyer said: “Slip’n’slides are brilliant fun and we wantedLOROS to do one to raise money for the hospice.

“Leicester Racecourse have always been really supportive of us and we asked them about putting on an event with a slip’n’slide and they said we should bring one to the Family Fun Day, which is great because there should be in the region of about 10,000 people there.”

Visitors with swimming costumes will be able to pay £3 for a single go on the slip’n’slide or £8 to have three goes. The real enthusiasts can pay £10 and get to slide all day long.

The Family Fun Day will take place between 10am and 4pm and there will be horses taking part in flat racing on the day, as well as pony rides, stilt walkers, fire displays, face-painting and some superhero visitors.

And if the slip’n’slide isn’t enough for adrenalin junkies, there will also be a bungee run, a gladiator arena, jousting, an activity castle and a fun run.

Entry to the Family Fun Day will be free for children and cost £15 for adults. More…


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The Telegraph reports: Organisers of Stert Island Swim, which was first held in 1915, cancel 2016 event after waters are deemed unsafe by EU – despite apparently being cleaner than ever.


The Stert Island Swim, which takes place every year off Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, has fallen foul of the EU’s decision to significantly increase the pass-mark for safe bathing waters.

Burnham Jetty North was one of 10 beaches that were previously regarded as safe but have been deemed too dirty for swimming under the new standards, which are roughly twice as tough as the old ones.

He said organisers would “reconsider holding the event in 2017 if the sea water improves or if we’re no longer in the EU and the sea water regulations return to how they were”. More…

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Basel City of Culture

Wild Swimming for everyone in Basel Switzerland

Basel - City of Culture

Basel is a remarkable city from a swimmers perspective.

River Swimming in Basel Switzerland

The local police have produced the following advice leaflet for swimmers!

Wild Swimming Police leaflet Basel 

You can buy a large waterproof swim bag for about £20.00 and join the city swimmers.

Swimming Bags in Basel Switzerland

Wickelfisch bags Basel Switzerland

You can tell were not in England can’t you!

River swimming in Basel

You will never forget swimming in Basel, its so like the London Thames.

See the video for more information…

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Wild Swimming in the Serpentine

The Wall Street Journal reports:

LONDON—This is Emily Chong’s routine, rain or shine, winter or summer: Wake up, eat breakfast, cycle to Hyde Park, jump in a lake, swim a bit, fuel up with a second breakfast, cycle to work.

One chilly morning this year, she found a team of police divers alongside the lake’s resident swans, looking for the body of a man who had drowned the night before. Ms. Chong put on her Spider-Man swim cap and dived in.

“As I swam, I kept getting an image in my head that a body would just float up,” she recalls.

London’s outdoor swimmers are a serious bunch. Ms. Chong and other members of the Serpentine Swimming Club have the right to swim in the lake before 9:30 in the morning. Sometimes in winter, it partly freezes. The cold water numbs the sting of scrapes from sharp bits of ice.

Hardy Londoners regularly take dips in lakes, ponds, basins and unheated al fresco swimming pools. The Outdoor Swimming Society, which fights to free swimmers from “chlorinated captivity,” now has 18,000 members. It had just 300 in 2006.

“Wild swimming” is so popular that architects and engineers are now plotting a return to London’s most famous waterway, the River Thames. But the challenges are many: vicious currents, swelling tides, dirty water and a fleet of fast catamarans that ferry commuters.


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This is the question I asked and I believe I have found the answer in Switzerland…



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I love Wild Swimming!

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