Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

Felixstowe: Sea swimming title-holder passes on tips to youngsters

PUBLISHED: 10:35 24 July 2014

Nick Glendinning became the 12th person in history to swim the prison escape triple crown - Alcatraz to San Francisco Harbour, Spike Island to the Irish mainland and Robben Island to Cape Town

Nick Glendinning became the 12th person in history to swim the prison escape triple crown - Alcatraz to San Francisco Harbour, Spike Island to the Irish mainland and Robben Island to Cape Town

A Suffolk man who this year became only the 12th person in history to swim the prison escape triple crown will pass on his expertise to youngsters in Felixstowe this weekend.

Nick Glendinning, from Woodbridge, who has swum from Robben Island to Cape Town, Alcatraz to San Francisco Harbour and Spike Island to the Irish mainland, will be holding a free open water swimming session for children aged 10-16, alongside Seamus Bennett, founder of Felixstowe Swimscapes, on Saturday, July 26.

The informal group of local swimmers began a couple of years ago but already has more than 30 swimmers taking to the water on twice-weekly swims, in all weathers.

Mr Glendinning, whose son Alfie last year became the youngest person to swim from the UK mainland to the Isle of Wight, aged 10, said: “We have seen people pushing themselves towards increasingly ambitious goals and challenges. Along the way we have had various kids swim with us and we have seen how well they have taken to sea swimming. As a response we wanted to hold an individual event for local kids to help encourage them to get involved in this growing sport.”

Saturday’s session, from 9am-11am, will include an introduction to sea swimming, explanation of the difference between pool and open water swimming, alterations required to swimming technique, how best to deal the cold water, an explanation of tides and currents, and plenty of swimming in the sea.

Swimmers must be capable of swimming 400m in a pool.

Visit Felixstowe Swimscapes on Facebook, email seamuski@yahoo.co.uk or nickglendinning1@me.com.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A prestigious explorer ship which has travelled to some of the world’s most remote locations will be Ipswich on Tuesday stopping off on its way to Norway.

The family of a baby girl who died just four months after she was born are getting ready to run the Ipswich Colour Dash in her memory.

Ipswich football legend Terry Butcher was one of the many crowd-pleasers at a Suffolk fete yesterday.

Conservative Party leader Theresa May was on Channel 4 and Sky News along with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran is backing the We Love Manchester campaign to support victims of the May 22 terorist bombing.

Patients are set to benefit from a £1.5million project to bring new cardiac services to West Suffolk Hospital.

Armed police have been patrolling the Felixstowe Promenade today, as part of stepped up policing following the terrorist attack on Monday last week.

Greshams in Ipswich has been a hive of activity this Bank Holiday as the venue hosted its Family Fun Day.

Tattoo fans in Ipswich are queuing up to be inked with a worker bee design which honours those who died in the Manchester terror attacks.

The Oyster Community Press community interest company is launching a series of taster workshops for those looking to try their hand at printmaking.

Most read

Most commented

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24