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Virtual Open Water Swim Challenge
Our swimming friend Karen Reeder from usopenaterswimming.org is organizing a great Virtual Open Water Swim Challenge that takes you swimming from Alaska to Mississippi river to Great Salt Lake and more. Eligibility: Open to anyone who swims!  Categories: Participants pick ONE of 5 goal distances to complete within the 6 month time-frame.  After sign up,…
A Strel Swimming Story From Croatia
This is an article written by our guest Jacqui Tong who came on our Croatia trip this summer. A Strel Swimming Story From Croatia, thank you Jacqui, we very appreciate your words! It is often the case that when we are excited about something we run with high expectations and, sadly, reality doesn’t live up…
Mississippi River Swim 10th anniversary
10 years ago legendary swimmer Martin Strel (Big River Man) swam the entire length of the America´s mighty Mississippi River. Later on he also conquered the improbable lengths and dangers of the Amazon, Yangtze, Danube and Paraná rivers and became the first human ever to have swum all 5 of the greatest rivers on the…
Swimming Smiths blog about Slovenia swimming tour
We were proud to meet a wonderful family from the Unites States which came all the way to Slovenia to swim with us. Believe it or not, they had a fantastic time and even put together a blog where they share their first hand experiences from the trip. The blog is called “Swimming Smiths”. Here…
Why Go for Open Water Swimming
Open water swimming is an increasingly popular activity, with people taking to inland lakes, rivers and canals as well as the open sea to reap the benefits of this exhilarating form of exercise. Inland lakes and rivers are ideal for beginners and experienced swimmers alike, and many lake and mountainside resorts offer open water swimming…
Open Water Swimmer Show premieres on National Geographic
A new TV show Open Water Swimmer (Enigma man) premieres on National Geographic Channel, Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 pm (ET/PT). The one hour show features the mindset of great marathon swimmers. Is it possible to identify living individuals simply through clues on and inside their bodies? For forensic detectives and scientists, it’s the ultimate…
H2open Swimming Event
We would like to express a big thanks for coming and stopping at our stand on Saturday at H2open swimming event in Reading UK. Despite the rainy weather, hopefully you enjoyed the swim race, atmosphere  and all our smiling faces. We were absolutely happy with the event organisation and look forward to return next year.…
H2Open water swimming event at Reading Lake, UK
Open water swimming is rapidly growing sport and creates more and more events every year. We currently run swimming adventure tours on Slovenian Lakes, Croatian Islands and at Lake Powell, Arizona. H2Open magazine is organising first H2Open Day on Saturday 28 April 2012 in Reading, UK. Event organiser calls it: »A day of open water…
Martin Strel´s Epic Amazon Swim celebrates 5 year anniversary
Marathon swimmer, Martin Strel, today nicknamed Big River Man, made history on Easter Day, April 08, 2007. He swam 5268 kms (3274 miles) of the Amazon river in 66 consecutive days and received global recognition. No other person has ever tried to achieve this feat. The entire world and all media outlets were following him,…
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…
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