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H2Open Water Swimming Nomination
We are proud to announce that our guide and swim coach, Giovanna Richards, has received a nomination from H2Open as an ´Open Water Swimming Ambassador 2011´. She runs the Blue Manta Swimming and offers open water swim coaching services in the UK. We think that she is a great ambassador for the sport so therefore…
Creatures will be around you
How to swim the Amazon river by Martin Strel
Training tips from the first man to ever swim the length of the Amazon River. 1) In 2007, aged 52, Slovenian Martin Strel became the first man to swim the length of the Amazon. See www.amazonswim.com 2) “Swimming for 12 hours a day, I’d burn 10,000-12,000 calories (42,000-50,000 kilojoules). Food was really important. I’d eat…
Why is swimming so great for your health?
If you love swimming and exploring the sea, lake or river, then what better way to do it than to join Strel Swimming Adventure club? Let´s have a look at some of the great health benefits of swimming. Rather than sitting on a boat and looking out into the ocean trying to spot fish and…
Swimming with sharks
When I first read about Martin Strel swimming the Amazon in February 2007, his predicament took me back to a report years ago of an elephant spotted 50 miles out to sea in the Bay of Bengal. It had lost all sense of direction. As a passing ship drew near, the crew noticed blood in…
Lake Bled Winter Swimming Cup
And it happened, Lake Bled 1st winter swimming cup. On February 11, 2012 over 40 »extreme« winter swimmers jumped into around 3 degree C frozen beautiful Lake Bled (air temperature was -11C). This year Slovenia has a cold winter and there is ice all around!  There was no water on the horizon until the organisers…
South African Swimming Tour
Martin Strel, the Big River Man and his team are in South Africa at Midmar Mile, the world´s largest open water swimming event in the world. Martin is giving talks at several events and helping promoting open water swimming activities in South Africa. The day before the Midmar Mile swimming event in Pietermaritzburg, Martin spoke…
Lake Bled swimming in the winter
Swimming outdoor is mainly known as a summer activity, but some brave swimmers do it all-year around. We got an email in October 2011 saying: "EasyJet magazine is interested in doing a feature about winter swimming in Lake Bled. We look for some Slovenian swimmers (hopefully including Martin Strel - Big River Man) to come…
Martin Strel Swimming Article: Incredible Endeavours
Martin Strel has stunned people around the world with his feats of endurance in long-distance swimming. The 57-year-old Slovenian has claimed a succession of Guinness World Records for swimming the lengths of the Danube River, the Mississippi River, the Yangtze River, and the Amazon. His epic 66-day, 3,300-mile swim of the Amazon was documented in…
Swimming Vacation Tours
We are proudly announcing our new swimming vacation tour location in Arizona (Unites States). Lake Powell on the Colorado river offers an incredible venue for our new swimming vacation tours. This amazing lake on the border of Arizona and Utah was created by the construction of Glen Canyon Dam in 1963. We were lucky to…