Nature: Water Sports

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English Channel Swim: Training in Bournemouth

Two Sundays before our relay swim across the English Channel to support Medecins Sans Frontieres, I took the family down to Bournemouth for a last sea swim. It was the perfect opportunity to go for another double dip, these swims where you swim an hour, get out and dry an hour, get back in for […]

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English Channel Swim: A Family Adventure That Started In 1909

On July 19, 1909, my great-great-uncle Hubert Latham looked across the English Channel from Sangatte on the French coast. Strong winds had finally abated and the weather looked fair for a first crossing of the English Channel by aeroplane. At 4.30 am, he took off from Cap Blanc-Nez aboard the Antoinette IV, an early monoplane […]

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How To Enjoy The Beach When The Weather Gets Cold(er)

Who says you have to give up beach trips after the kids are back in the classroom? Yes, beach days usually rhymes with summertime but healthy outdoorsy kids are wired-up to extend the shelf life of their swim suits in the colder months. As parents, we like to bundle up our children til they resemble […]

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Fit for fishes ages 6 to 14

Swimming Gear Review: Speedo Futura Biofuse Junior

My 8-year likes to go by the book. If her toothpaste says “Ages 6 and under”, she pauses and tells me she can’t use it anymore even though she really likes it. When we got her a new pair of swimming goggles, the first thing she looked for was her age range. The Speedo Futura […]

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First 10K Swimming Experience As A Family: Jubilee River 10K (Relay)

“What?” That was my husband’s answer when I suggested we swim a 10K together last winter. I wanted to sign us up for the Jubilee River 10K, one of the few swim marathons you can swim as a relay team. “It’ll be fun! It’ll be an adventure!” I promised. How could it not? It was […]

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