Urban Swimming

Swimming Around the World - Paris

October 30, 2018
HAP Instigator and River Hugger, Janie Malloy was lucky enough to join fellow open water swimming mavericks, Laurence Dalbou and Sophie Apnee in a surreptitious swim in the Canal de l'Ourcq, Pantin. Laurence carries a portable ladder in her swim bag, in order to get in and out of the water. You see, open water swimming in Paris is technically forbidden, and we could have been arrested. The renderings of the Seine show ...

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Adapting to “The New Norm”

September 1, 2018

Unhealthy air, a warming planet, Harmful Algae Blooms…we’ve been getting the memos and dire calls to action since our childhood. Now the writing is on the wall. It’s actually way beyond the wall - the signs are everywhere.
 
What do these messages say to you and how does it make you feel?
 
Once upon a time before science had an explanation for everything, humans feared and revered Mother ...

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Urban Swimways London Calling

May 16, 2017
Urban Swimways London Calling
 
By Garrett Martin
HAP columnist, Garrett Martin, is a River Hugger and lifelong swimmer. He writes a column about swimming in cities around the world.

After checking out our neighboring cold-weather counterparts (San Fran, Seattle), I decided to see what’s happening yonder across the Atlantic. Of course those cities have the benefit of having ...

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Urban Swimways: Hot Boxing

January 19, 2017
Hot Boxing
 
By Garrett Martin
 
Baby, it’s cold outside. Holy cow, it’s downright freezing! What urban Portland swimmer in their right mind would consider jumping into one of our waterways right now?
Okay, okay, who said any of us were in our right minds to begin with? And yes, I admit last month I praised the seal-skinned crazies who make up San Francisco’s bay swimming community. And yes, ...

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Urban Swimways Aquatic Park San Francisco

December 7, 2016
Why just look at the view when you can jump right into it? Such words are gospel for the open water swimmers of San Francisco Bay. Despite the chilly water temperature—which hovers in the mid-50s year-round—swimmers of the city-by-the-bay can consider themselves blessed to have Aquatic Park at their fingertips.
 
Take Van Ness Avenue all the way to its northern terminus and you'll find yourself at the ...

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Urban Swimways

November 5, 2016

Welcome to Urban Swimways, a monthly column that spotlights inspiring precedents for urban swimming from around the world.
 
With each newsletter we’ll dive into an urban swimway somewhere in the world. What is an ‘urban swimway’, you ask? Simply put, something like our own dear Willamette River: a more or less natural body of water in the middle of an active city that offers all kinds of opportunities ...

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