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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.

The Pod: Ocean Swimming 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... with Lynne Cox

    Ocean swimming... with Lynne Cox

    Lynne Cox is arguably the most accomplished ocean swimmer of all time. She set the record for the English Channel in 1972, was the first woman to swim the Cook Strait in New Zealand in 1975, famously swam between the US and the USSR in 1987 across the Bering Strait in bone-chilling 3 degree waters, and then even colder in Antarctica and Greenland. She has a list of achievements too long to list here. Lynne is also an author, and has a new book called Tales of Al - The Water Rescue Dog, detailing her experiences with Italy's elite, highly specialized corps of water rescue dogs who jump from helicopters and save lives. Thanks very much to Knopf for sending me a preprint.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Rescue Dog - Dav Blues
    Rescue Dog - Ross J. Miller
    Rescue Dog - Electrophonvintage
    The New FoundLand EP 18 Guest Mix UNK - UNK
    New Found Land - Mojis
    Only my winnings - New Found Land
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Photo from Lynne Cox

    • 56 min
    Ocean swimming... and seaweed textiles

    Ocean swimming... and seaweed textiles

    Professor Peter Ralph is Executive Director of the Climate Change Cluster in the Faculty of Science at UTS, and is partnering with Australian surf brand Piping Hot to develop textiles made from seaweed for surfwear. Nature-derived alternatives for the fashion industry have the potential to revolutionise products and vastly reduce their impact on the oceans.
    Apologies for a little bit of building noise in the background!
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Seaweed - Offkey Lifestyle
    Sea-weed - Martin Williamson
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Image from UTS

    • 27 min
    Ocean swimming... butterfly

    Ocean swimming... butterfly

    Eli Ball is training to swim the English Channel... butterfly. Yes, you read that correctly. Butterfly. He is an exceptionally accomplished butterflying ocean swimmer, having completed a plethora of marathon ocean swims, including the 20km Rottnest Island swim, along the way setting the butterfly record.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Butterfly - takashi_d
    Butterfly - Adam Andrys
    Butterfly - Joachim Heinrich
    Butterfly - ReMiXis
    Butterfly - Britney Starr
    Butterfly - Phòng Thu Âm Nguyễn Báu
    Butterfly - 李雨寰 Lee Johan
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Image from Eli fan page on Facebook
    I would like to acknowledge the horribly sad tragedy here in Sydney last week, with a swimmer killed in a shark attack at Malabar, a place at which I have swum many times. Sharks are an ever present thought for ocean swimmers, and they are one of the topics in today's episode, which was recorded a few weeks before the incident. My sincerest condolences are with Simon's family and friends.
     

    • 54 min
    Ocean swimming... around Lord Howe Island

    Ocean swimming... around Lord Howe Island

    Lauren Tischendorf is the first woman to swim solo around Lord Howe Island - 32.2 km of sharks, currents, 25 knot winds and 2.5 metre swell, finishing in 13 hours 50 minutes and 26 seconds. She has also filmed a documentary of the swim, I just went for a swim, highlighting the spectacular ocean as well as the importance of the empowerment of girls and women. You can watch this film throughout Australia very soon in the Women's Adventure Film Festival.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Lord - Leaux Mane
    Howe - Andervall
    Island - extenz
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Image from Lauren on instagram

    • 20 min
    Ocean swimming... with Brendan Cullen

    Ocean swimming... with Brendan Cullen

    Brendan Cullen is training to swim the English channel, but what makes his journey exceptional is that he is a sheep farmer from Kars Station, east of Broken Hill in NSW, and is about 350 km from the nearest coastline. Four mornings a week, Brendan swims in the murky waters of Lake Pamamaroo and Lake Copi Hollow in the Menindee Lakes, where he can't typically see more than 20 centimetres in front of his face (video). And there's not a lot of open water in the desert! 
    Brendan already has some major swimming achievements under his belt, such as swimming for 8 hours non-stop, and he an ambassador for lifeline, raising awareness and money for mental health.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Broken - dikomm
    Hill - Valance
    Broken - Mind Over Mayhem
    Hill - Damien Bronieki
    Broken - trifonic
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Image from Jacinta Cullen / smh. 

    • 54 min
    Ocean swimming... with Peter Hancock

    Ocean swimming... with Peter Hancock

    Peter Hancock has now swum well over 1000 consecutive days, most days in Dumaresq Dam in Armidale, central NSW. Often the temperature is down near freezing. But this is not the first time Pete has conquered an incredible swimming challenge. In 2014, he swam in 333 different locations in the one year, including in the 1.6 degree Fox Glacier River in New Zealand.
    As a freshwater ecologist, it's not just the swimming that Pete likes - there are plenty of things to look at! He has discovered new species of fresh water crustaceans and beetles,  and documents much of it on Instagram.
    Pete also recently completed an indoor Iron Man, raising money for Headspace. So he knows how to run and cycle as well! You can see his adventures on strava.
    Songs in this episode - all licensed under a Creative Commons License:
    Set - Michael Douglas Dumaresq
    Armidale - Malfatti
    Like I do - Dam
    Feel good - Invertebrate
    Sapphire - Tobu
    Image from Pete on Instagram. Also see Pete on Twitter. 

    • 57 min

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