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Killer Whale catches kayaker by surprise

Mik, 25/06/2014 - 00:35

There he was, filming a couple of orcas in the distance at Ford Cove, Hornby Island, B.C. Canada, when a third one came up to breathe right beside the kayak! :-)

Lifeguard gives tips on how to save swimmers’ lives

Mik, 25/06/2014 - 00:10

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It’s something none of us ever want to imagine doing — jumping in the water to save someone. In many cases a person or child needing help ends up drowning their rescuer. However, knowing what to do can save the victim’s life and yours.

Lifeguard Theo Lee at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center teaches others how to save lives. He said once you see that someone is drowning, have someone else call 911.

“That way if things escalate beyond their control someone will be on the way to help you,” Lee said. “If possible, reach a hand out to them, or maybe a leg or a shepherd’s hook. That will reach out and grab without you actually getting in and putting yourself in danger.”

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Dwyer’s big splash worth a Beemer

Týs, 24/06/2014 - 23:58

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Winnetka swimmer Conor Dwyer gets to drive a BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Series sedan for a year.

Dwyer won a one-year lease on the $96,000 car as the overall men’s champion of the six-event Arena Grand Prix series that ended Sunday at Santa Clara, Calif.

Dwyer, 25, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, also earned a $10,000 championship series bonus from USA Swimming. He won six events and was second six times in the Grand Prix.

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Young swimmer with dwarfism racking up the medals

Týs, 24/06/2014 - 23:55

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At only 10-years-old Mia Towl has won three gold medals, set world records in the breast stroke and butterfly and was named “most promising athlete” from Sportswomen of Colorado.

Mia was also born with Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism. She was a star at the 2013 World Dwarf Games, where she won those three gold medals, but is also a gifted skier and a math miz. Dean and Lyssa Towl, Mia’s parents, say their daughter is also much more than a list of her achievements. “She is who she is and she is wonderful,” her mom said.

Wrongful death suit filed after swimming pool electrocution

Týs, 24/06/2014 - 23:41

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A South Florida family is taking legal action months after a 7-year-old boy was electrocuted in the family swimming pool.

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Ever since the unthinkable death of their son, the Sloan family has vowed to devote their lives and their son’s memory to protecting other kids and families. Now they’ve started that process legally.

The victim’s father said he wants to prevent this from happening to other families. “So why do we find ourselves here in this ocean of grief and absolute despair?” said Chris Sloan. “Well, simply, it was all laid down here because of the negligence of these professional services and manufacturers who carelessly failed to do their jobs, whether it was servicing our pool, our electrical systems, whether it was making a product that was designed to be safe. Calder was robbed of his life. He had his whole life ahead of him, and he had amazing potential and probably not for his 77 or 80 years that he would’ve lived, God willing, but for all those generations he would’ve impacted.”

Trooper: Be smart when swimming in lakes

Týs, 24/06/2014 - 21:06

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A fun day on the lake can take a tragic turn in a matter of seconds. The Missouri State Highway Patrol, which monitors lakes across the state, said there are ways to help reduce the risk and still have fun on the water.

Cpl. David Campbell patrols the water of Blue Springs Lake looking for people in need of help. He said the most common cause of drownings involve alcohol or people trying to swim farther than they’re trained for.

“If it’s farther than their skill is allowing for and they can’t make it, there’s only one other thing that can happen, which is not something good,” Campbell said.

K9s Swim to Save

Týs, 24/06/2014 - 20:59

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You can tell it’s in some dogs from the day they’re born–an instinct to help others and perform under high pressure circumstances.

“My dog played ball in the house for four hours and was constantly moving so I decided she needed a job,” said Chris Stottmann, Virginia Search and Rescue Member.

Stottmann decided to take advantage of her dog’s high-energy level–getting her involved in the K9 water rescue team.

“We drove up here from Virginia to get some water training in. It’s difficult to get water time so being able to get to something like this really helps us a lot,” said Chris Stottmann.

Stottmann has been training her dog for over 2 years. Water rescue dogs are said to help give closure to families who have lost loved ones in water involved accidents.

Japan golden boy Kosuke Kitajima rules out retirement

Týs, 24/06/2014 - 20:52

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Japan’s multiple Olympic swim king Kosuke Kitajima has no plans to hang up his goggles, promising to come back stronger after missing qualification for this year’s Pan Pacific and Asian Games.

“For the time being I won’t be retiring,” the 31-year-old told reporters after failing to make Sunday’s 200 metres breaststroke final at the Japan Open. “I know you would like me to say I am.”

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Wife snaps photo of Michael Klim at Croatian nude beach

Týs, 24/06/2014 - 20:38

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Former Aussie swimming champion Michael Klim has enjoyed a family day out, in the buff!

The picture of the 36 year old emerged on his wife’s Instagram page on Monday morning.

Lindy wrote: “Too good not to post!!! @michaelklim1 has finally found his people!!

1936 Olympian Adolph Kiefer still gets a kick from swimming

Týs, 24/06/2014 - 20:25

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Adolph Kiefer, a 96-year-old Chicago area swimmer who won a gold medal in the 1936 Olympics, talks about his lifetime of swimming. Kiefer is also an inventor and innovator of new products related to aquatics competition.

Olympian Ariana Kukors ‘un-retires,’ making a comeback

Týs, 24/06/2014 - 11:22

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She has been our colleague, our friend, and a local businesswoman.

It has been the life, after swimming, for Ariana Kukors. She spent the Sochi Olympics serving as a special correspondent for our local newscasts.

It was there, while watching the Olympic cauldron, that something sparked within the 25-year-old.

“(We) were standing together when the Olympic cauldron lit up, and I didn’t realize what the Olympics meant to me until that moment,” said the Auburn native. “I need to do this, it’s so amazing. I need to do this.”

Meet a 94-year-old ocean swimmer

Týs, 24/06/2014 - 11:15

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Charlie Christianson is 94-years-old and still swims in the ocean every single day. Olympic swimmer Libby Trickett chats with Charlie about his life and love for the beach.

Shark Man – Free Diving with Tiger Sharks

Týs, 24/06/2014 - 10:55

In this web episode we follow Mark Addison of South Africa’s Blue Wilderness free-diving with tiger sharks at Aliwal Shoal. Mark explains his passion for these majestic creatures.

7News reveals shock allegations against former Australian top swim coach Terry Buck

Týs, 24/06/2014 - 09:00

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The police statement that condemns one of Australia’s top swimming coaches, who somehow escaped arrest and prosecution over decades of alleged child sex abuse, has been revealed by 7News.


Victims claim their ordeals have been covered up but are preparing to tell a Royal Commission of their suffering and the failure of a secret police strike force to lay charges.
A 25-page police statement of horrific allegations by a former Olympic swimmer was covered up for 14 years until unearthed by Royal Commission investigators.

They want to know why police suddenly wound up an investigation into former Australian swimming coach Terry Buck.

He allegedly attacked 29 victims, including four Olympians, two champion surfers and three men who have committed suicide.

Katie Ledecky 8:11.00 and World Record in the 800 free

Mán, 23/06/2014 - 15:00

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Katie Ledecky put an exclamation point on a thrilling meet this afternoon with a world record in the women’s 800m free during the final day of racing at The Woodlands Senior Invite.

Ledecky, who lowered her own world record in the 1500m free on Thursday, broke her second world record of the meet with an 8:11.00 in the 800m free. She cut almost three seconds off her own standard of 8:13.86 from last summer’s FINA World Championships, and was pretty much racing the clock as teammate Isabella Rongione finished almost 30 seconds behind in 8:39.13.

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Daniel Tranter learns to pack a punch in pool

Mán, 23/06/2014 - 08:00

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He has chalked up hundreds of kilometres in the water but it is the countless hours swimmer Daniel Tranter has spent throwing leather in a sweaty Campbelltown boxing gymnasium that has braced him to ”fight” every inch of the the 200-metre individual medley event at next month’s Commonwealth Games.

Swim team teaches water safety

Mán, 23/06/2014 - 00:48

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With the summer months comes the return to the nice, cool water for some relief … and the danger that comes with it.

So the Buffalo City Swim Racers held their fist Water Safety Festival at City Honors School on Saturday. They’re teaching kids how to stay safe in the water this summer with a focus on the minority community.

That’s because the CDC says African Americans aged 5 to 14 years of age are three times as likely to drown as white children of the same age.

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Hats Off: Students find ways to make duct tape and cardboard poolworthy

Sun, 22/06/2014 - 21:24

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Seven boats constructed only of careboard and duct tape raced across the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center recently in the first Texas Tech/Lubbock Independent School District STEM challenge.

The boats were all occupied by four middle school students. The O.L. Slaton team won the competition.

Agnes Kovacs: ISHOF 2014

Sun, 22/06/2014 - 20:57

Honoree of the 2014 Class of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Polar Bears – The Quest for Sea Ice

Sun, 22/06/2014 - 20:29

Take a swim with a polar bear family as they traverse the Arctic Ocean in search of sea ice.