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Video Interview with Wendy Figures

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Massive Thank You to Emma Drechsler for this excellent video of our Ice Queen.

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Team Ichthyosaurs Channel Relay

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Team Ichthyosaurs Channel Relay

3 weeks after my last channel adventure I decided to do another one! There is a story behind why I ended up doing it again because it wasn’t planned to be so close to my last one. I already had plans to do another relay in future and eventually a solo but not for a couple of years. On Friday 7th July while I was helping Wendy at one of her Pool to Pond sessions, she showed me an email saying that a youth team from a club called Street and District Swimming Club from Somerset, had a last minute injured swimmer and needed a quick replacement...

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Dorkshire Swimmers Channel Relay

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Dorkshire Swimmers Channel Relay

A year ago, me and 5 other swimmers decided to complete an English Channel Relay for a number of different reasons and to raise money for charity. After swimming through winter in skins (no wet suit), numerous trips to the sea, a 2-hour qualifier and many filled in forms, we finally did it and I’m already planning a reunion to beat our time. At 3:00am on Saturday 17th June, we boarded the Louise Jane piloted by Andy and James King and travelled round to Shakespeare beach. Ray, (who was sporting union jack shorts) was our first swimmer and...

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Yorkshire Cake-Crusaders Channel team

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Yorkshire Cake-Crusaders Channel team

The day began for us in the small hours, swimming towards a beautiful strawberry moon hanging low over the horizon and casting a carpet of light on the sea. Theo began our journey, first heading back to shore to make a land start to the first hour’s swim. His swimmer’s lights twinkled in the inky water, while the pale cliffs of Dover loomed ghost-like through the half-light. One hour in and my first shift began with a first taste of night-swimming. This is surprisingly lovely; the water was cool, calm and silky dark. This was definitely my...

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Have a go at Outdoor Swimming for FREE at our Open Day (Sat 20th May)

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Have a go at Outdoor Swimming for FREE at our Open Day (Sat 20th May)

We are teaming up with our friends at Rotherham Sailing Club and Rotherham Model Yacht Club to hold a joint Open Day at Harthill Reservoir.  If you are new to swimming in Open Water and want to give it a try come along and we will provide a buddy swimmer to assist you on your first swim.  You need to be able to swim at least 100m in order to take part.  (children aged 9 to 16 may also participate but must be accompanied by an adult). You can also: Try sailing with one of Rotherham Sailing Club’s experienced instructors Learn about the...

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Get Ready for the Summer Season at YOS

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Get Ready for the Summer Season at YOS

The clocks go forward in a couple of weeks and it will be time to start our Summer season at YOS.  This year there will be a slight rise in our swim fees to £4 per session.  We hope to use the extra income from this to enable the club to develop and invest in equipment and events for members. We will be returning to our summer timetable and swimming sessions will be as follows: Tuesday Evenings (starting 28th March) – 6pm till 8pm Saturdays (starting 1st April) – 2pm till 4pm Winter timetable is still in effect until then with...

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YOS 3rd Birthday Spring Splash – Saturday 15th April 2017

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YOS 3rd Birthday Spring Splash – Saturday 15th April 2017

In April 2017, Yorkshire Outdoor Swimmers will be three years old.  The club has grown immensely since those first sessions and nearly 1400 people having swum with us at Harthill since. We’ve been privileged to host the world’s youngest ice miler, 16 year old Hazel Killingbeck, the world’s first butterfly ice miler, Pauline Barker and the fabulous lady with the most Ice Miles in the world, our own YOS champion Wendy Figures.  As well as the hundreds of swims and the many events we have held at Harthill, our members have...

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Winter Swimming Competitions

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Winter Swimming Competitions

For those of you interested in entering a winter swim event for the first time there are two winter swimming organisations and numerous events so I thought I’d do a quick list of some events in the UK.   10/11 December 2016  Big Chill Swim Low Wood Bay Marina, Lake Windermere. This is part of the International Winter Swimming Association events programme  (IWSA) This event is usually in Jan/Feb but the Marina is having work done next year so, it’s been brought forward for this season.  It probably won’t be as cold as we’d normally expect...

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Winter Swim Kit

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Winter Swim Kit

Swimming in cold water has proven health benefits including improving the immune system, a natural “high” feeling, improved circulation, burns calories. The Scandinavians have been doing it for years and they’re certainly a healthier bunch than we are! Recreational swimmers can enjoy all the health benefits without having to have a perfect technique.  That said, some of us like to race and some of us like the extreme challenges that the cold water provides. Whichever category you fit into, there are certain do’s and don’t’s that you should...

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The Seasons are Changing

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The Seasons are Changing

This week is our last Tuesday swim of the season and the last swim before our End of Summer Splash event on 1st October. There is no swim next Saturday (24th Sept) due to a sailing event. We hope as many of you as possible can join us for the End of Summer Splash, enter our races and especially take part in the fun 100m relay with inflatables. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE AND BOOK YOUR PLACE IN A RACE

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