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There is more to ocean swimming than just swimming in the ocean. In The Pod, we chat about all aspects of ocean swimming, from how we can keep the oceans swimmable, to oceans on other planets.

SWIMMING WITH THE POD Marc West

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There is more to ocean swimming than just swimming in the ocean. In The Pod, we chat about all aspects of ocean swimming, from how we can keep the oceans swimmable, to oceans on other planets.

    Ocean swimming... and biomechanics

    Ocean swimming... and biomechanics

    Anthony Blazevich is a Professor of Biomechanics in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University. He is also the head of the Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research, so is a fabulous person to talk to about biomechanics, body types and how our physiology affects our ability to move through water. Listen in to hear how you could tweak your stroke for quicker times, and why we still may see many more world records in the pool (and ocean). He has also conducted extremely interesting research on the benefits (or not) of stretching.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Biomechanics - Bit Funk & Jason Gaffner
    Biomechanics - I.D.L.E 
    Biomechanics - Greyscale Music 
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Photo created by me using Bing AI Image Creator

    • 54 min
    Ocean swimming... and connecting with blue spaces

    Ocean swimming... and connecting with blue spaces

    Rebecca Olive is an ocean swimmer whose academic research explores the role of sport and leisure in human and environmental health. In particular, her work explores the practices and cultures of ocean swimming and surfing to understand how human and environmental well-being interact, as well as our relationships to all things blue-space, such as sharks, animals, plastics, pollution and health. Her Moving Oceans website examines how participation in ocean sports shapes our behaviours towards taking care of the oceans. She has also published some fantastic reads in The Conversation - we talk about these two in the podcast:
    When we swim in the ocean, we enter another animal’s home. Here’s how to keep us all safe.
    Olympic swimming in the Seine highlights efforts to clean up city rivers worldwide.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    off-set flippers x - bowdeeni fish x
    Crocodile Teeth Freestyle - Lajan Slim
    Olive - evildirk
    Olive - Słejzi Wysocki
    Olive Spring @ Imperss Music 2022
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Image from Moving Oceans
     

    • 37 min
    Ocean swimming... and culture, inclusion and society

    Ocean swimming... and culture, inclusion and society

    Michelle O’Shea is a Senior Lecturer at Western Sydney University whose research interests dive into the areas of sport, culture and society, particularly with regard to swimming. She has looked into issues such as why swimming lessons for kids are important, as well as the role of the swimming pool in society. Her research particularly examines issues relevant to gender and diversity, and how the pool and the beach, despite the great Australian egalitarian myth, can be quite exclusionary places.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    The Magic of Diversity - The Egotwisters
    Inclusion - Tenshou Kikiko
    Diversity - Africk
    Culture Vulture - Vincent Remember
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Image from wikicommons

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    Ocean swimming... and germs

    Ocean swimming... and germs

    Primrose Freestone, Associate Professor in Clinical Microbiology at the University of Leicester and science communicator, is an infectious diseases expert, and has dived into the debate of whether swimming in a pool or in the natural environment is the safer option. She also takes us through the cleanliness of hot-tubs (hint, they're gross.)
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Bugs - GNAAR
    Bugs - Phillip Barker
    Bug's Land - Vadim Krakhmal
    Little bugs - i m p a u s e a b l e
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Photo from wikimedia

    • 29 min
    Ocean swimming... and a healthy brain

    Ocean swimming... and a healthy brain

    Seena Mathew is Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. As a neurobiologist, she studies the effects of swimming on the brain, which are many! You can read her article in The Conversation (Swimming gives your brain a boost – but scientists don’t know yet why it’s better than other aerobic activities) or tune in here!
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    The brain cells strike back - Lofi Factory
    Stuck in my brain - Atch
    Planetary alignment - Dr Brain
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Photo from StockSnap

    • 21 min
    Ocean swimming... and swimmer’s ear

    Ocean swimming... and swimmer’s ear

    Episode 50! Swimmer's ear (acute otitis externa) is an outer ear infection that many swimmers will have had at some point in their lives. However, it turns out that you don't have to go swimming to get swimmer's ear. Thomas Schrepfer is assistant professor of head and neck surgery in the University of Florida Department of Otolayrngology, and a keen diver and swimmer.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    A short earache - Mooge
    Ear infection - Mad Wax
    In my ear - Bbbyugy
    Right ear - Aphickey
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Photo by Franco Antonio Giovanella on Unsplash.

    • 24 min

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