health
Swimming Pool Uses Wave Machine to Break up Swimmer’s Vomit

Is this a great idea or not? We suppose it depends on if you were in the pool or not at the time and if your job involves being responsible for cleaning up sick or not. Unfortunately for Steve Wiseman and his two grandchildren they were in the pool at the time, and were not impressed by the improvised cleaning method employed by Cleethorpes Leisure Centre. Read More >>

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Keep Calm and Float on if You Fall in the Sea

Flailing about and shouting for help while trying to hold your phone above the surface of the water is exactly what you should not do if you fall in the sea according to the RNLI, which says that if you accidentally plop off the end of a pier you should try to stay calm and concentrate on serenely floating for a while. Read More >>

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Olympic Swimmer Phelps Wants To Get Into Tech

23-time gold medallist Michael Phelps says he would "love to get involved" with the tech world, according to an interview with . Read More >>

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A Bellyflop Competition is Even More Brutal Than it Sounds

When swimming most people try to avoid bellyflopping into the water since it feels like 1,000 people slapping you in the chest at once. But in Oslo, at the official Dødsing competition, competitors attempt to bellyflop on purpose to impress the judges. Read More >>

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We Finally Know Why The Olympic Diving Pool Turned Green

For nearly a week now a mystery has surrounded the Olympics and it wasn’t what country would reign supreme: why did those pools turn green? Read More >>

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Officials Don’t Know Why the Olympic Diving Pool Turned Green (Also: Gross)

As the women’s synchronised diving teams took to the pool in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, they were greeted by a strange sight. The diving pool had turned green overnight, while the neighbouring water polo pool remained a crystal clear blue. This confused the Olympic organisers, media, and the internet profusely. Long story short: it’s most likely an algae bloom. Read More >>

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New Tech Hopes To Improve the Technique of Olympic Swimmers (Without Doping)

With the Olympics officially starting and the swimming events guaranteed to set a few more records, you have to wonder how swimmers can continue to improve? Haven’t we reached the pinnacle of a human’s physicality by now? If we get any more good at swimming in the water, we’re going to continue doping, or we’re going to become merpeople. Read More >>

design
This £658 Wetsuit Promises to Make You the Fastest Swimmer

When you’re designing a shirt, it makes sense to cut the fabrics so that the wearer is most comfortable with their arms down at their sides in a resting position. But for a swimmer, whose arms are constantly in motion, Roka Sports believes it’s advantageous to instead design a wetsuit with an athlete’s arms raised and reaching for the next stroke. Read More >>

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Speedo and Misfit Team Up For a Swimming-Focused Fitness Tracker

Misfit’s button-sized Shine fitness tracker is already waterproof to a depth of over 50 metres, so swimmers don’t need to take it off while training. But since accurately measuring laps is different than measuring steps, Misfit has teamed up with Speedo to create a new version of the Shine that’s customised to track underwater activities. Read More >>

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This Virtual Reality Snorkel Sounds Like a Great Way to Drown

I've used a lot of VR headsets, but the tagline of Nautilus VR's new Kickstarter project scares the hell out of me: "Virtual Reality Underwater". Call me crazy, but that sounds dangerous. And yes, also a little awesome. Read More >>

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American Swims to North Korea to… Criticise America

A 29-year-old American swam across a river to enter North Korea illegally, before avoiding prosecution and death squads by slagging off America in front of his guests. Read More >>

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This Electric Fence Could Safely Segregate Swimmers and Sharks

Shark netting strung up in coastal waters to protect swimmers from the ocean's apex predators has not worked nearly as well as we had hoped. But where these knotted nylon lines have failed, one Australian company hopes an electric field will succeed. Read More >>

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Speedo’s Crazy Nemesis Fins Borrow Their Design From Humpback Whales

When you're designing a product that helps someone race through the water, it only makes sense to draw your inspiration from the ocean's resident experts. So you might be surprised to hear that Speedo closely based the design for its new Nemesis fins on humpback whales instead of sharks or dolphins. Either way, it's a good thing Mother Nature doesn't hold any patents. Read More >>

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Swimming From Alcatraz to Shore With a GoPro on My Head

On July 20th, I rode in a cab from my flat to San Francisco's Aquatic Park, struggled into a wetsuit, took a ferry to Alcatraz, jumped off the boat into the Bay, and swam the mile-and-a-half back to shore. I also wore a GoPro on my head for good measure. Here's what it was like. Read More >>