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There are many long (and long-ish) distance swims known around the world. If you're looking for something medium distance (i.e. not English Channel), you can try International Swim Across Dnipro River in Ukraine - it's 10km, about 4 times the distance of Escape from Alcatraz swim and about 1/3 of the English Channel. Here's the link to the last year's ...


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I stay in quite a lot of hotels (more than I realised when I added up the nights last year!), many of which have pools. All I can say in general is... There is no general rule! So, what I do first is to grab the guest information directory thingy in the room (normally a binder or little booklet), and check in there under leisure or facilities or spa. Around ...


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How about the Turkish Straits - the Hellespont / Bosphorus / Dardanelles ? (Photo is public domain as it was created by NASA).


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The Freedom Swim is another "prison escape" swim from Robben Island (where Nelson Mandela and many other political prisoners of the Apartheid era were held) to Blouberg, near Cape Town, South Africa. The distance is 7.5km and the temperature is typically around 13°C. It takes place in the Southern Hemisphere autumn (around Freedom Day, 27 April) and is open ...


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There's one at the Golden nugget in Las Vegas: According to this list of waterslides, there is the Dolphin Plunge at Aquatica Sea World in Orlando, Florida. As well as the Atlantis in the Bahamas that @Johns-305 mentions: Aquatica San Antonio has one that goes through a stingray tank: Also one in Tenerife. Watch the video on youtube.


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Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. It's the oldest lake in Europe. There is a traditional marathon every year. It's beautiful, affordable, no sharks and lots of history. I was born there if you need any info feel free to msg me. The marathon is about ~30km and the best swimmers in the world come to compete. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohrid_Swimming_Marathon


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http://www.balaton-atuszas.hu/eng/informaciok this is a 5.2km swim in the biggest lake in Central Europe. Registration is 30 USD. Around 10000 people do this yearly, however very few from abroad, only a few hundred typically. There's a certain bragging right in that :)


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If you haven't had the chance to go to Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan, this could be a great reason for a first visit. It hosts an annual 3-km race across the lake, where swimming otherwise is forbidden. The lake is surrounded by mountains and the whole area is generally amazing. The only potential downside is how time-consuming it is to go there. The easiest way ...


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To answer your questions : Do I get changed into pool clothes in my room and go to the pool in the hotel bathrobe? Or can I expect changing facilities there and am expected to use those? It all depends of the hotel. I would say that generally speaking, it isn't an issue to go to the pool with the bathrobe but you might find yourself in an ...


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I think that ultimately it is up to you to do whatever you feel like is safer for you. Given a choice nobody, be it here on TSE or elsewhere, will (want to) make this decision for you. What I can do however is to give you a few pointers to help you make an informed decision. Sinking Might Be Hard, Drowning Not so Much First things first the Dead Sea is ...


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Where I live on the border between Germany and Switzerland there is a big lake, Lake Constance. Well, it's big by our standards. The Rhine runs in one end and out the other end over the Rheinfall, so there is a fair current, and it can be cold, depending on the time of year. Occasionally intrepid people swim all the way along it (63 km, 39 miles) or across....


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In France, the law puts the mayor in charge of securing bathing areas so all rules are indeed local. However, it's mostly about deciding where bathing is allowed or not and not so much on clothing and other details. While there are typically extensive rules for public swimming pools, I have never heard of similar rules for open-air swimming, whether they ...


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If you really want a triathlon, there is the Ultra-Triathlon Napoleon this summer in Corsica (France): A 15 km swim across the "Bouches de Bonifacio" (from Sardinia to Corsica) A 600 km biking race around Corsica A 200 km running race on the GR 20 (cutting a diagonal from South East to North West) All that from August 15 to 19. There are about 50 ...


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You could do the Rottnest Channel Swim, 20km from Cottesloe beach to Rottnest Island in Perth, Australia. Beautiful spot, water a nice temp, you might just have to battle a bit of seabreeze and the odd shark. You can enter 2 or 4-person teams as well, and each swimmer has a boat and kayak support crew. Great party on the Island once everyone gets over as ...


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This page has a list of swimming pools in Tel Aviv, both in and outdoor. It also has links to their sites, and prices. The pools that don't have a price on the page, also don't have a price on their site. The pools that do have a price listed: Jimmy’s Pool – Dizengoff Centre Top Floor, 03-6201130 : 70 NIS. Tel Aviv University – Haim Levanon 64, 074-710-...


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Maybe you could try out this one: http://traversee.qc.ca/en/natation/solo-traversee/ The site is a bit glitched in english, so here's a link to the entry form. It goes from the marker to the star: I don't know if there is an entry price, but places are very limited. Swimmers have boats following them for safety, which is nice. I linked to the "solo" ...


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It is most common to don your bathing attire in your room then cover up on the walk from the room to the pool area. For men, this can be just a shirt/t-shirt if the swim suite is trunks or boardshorts. If you're wearing a Speedo, cover that with shorts as well. Women would normally wear a Sundress or Sarong. I would not expect Lockers at a 5-Star Resort. ...


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Atlantis in the Bahamas also has two similar attractions. Sorry, there are none that use open water since they need to control the entire experience.


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The longest freshwater swim race in North America is the 36-mile Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test on the Red River of the North on the border between North Dakota and Minnesota. It's inexpensive and attracts people from all over the country.


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To be legally covered (pun intended), just make sure that you have some piece of clothing around your scrotum and the shaft. The social aspect is quite more complex and the acceptable degree of skimpiness will not just differ between cities, but also between the different beaches in each region. Even if male thongs are not too common on mediterranean ...


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I'm quite familiar with Ensenada (considering purchasing a holiday residence there), which is 50 miles to the south of Rosarito. I assume you're asking because of the electricity generator and the transport docks in the northern part of Rosarito, so I'll scope this answer down to south of the fishing pier. If you'll accept that, then the water quality is ...


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The Gstaad Palace Hotel fits your needs. It has both indoor and outdoor pools, and it states that the outdoor pool is available in winter ("including winter outdoor pool"). The hotel is a 5-star luxury hotel, and is situated in Gstaad, a village in the canton of Bern, in Switzerland.


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If you want an extreme, quite difficult challenge, why not swim from Europe to Africa? You can swim from Spain (or UK if you start from Gibraltar) to Morocco! Its about 12 miles, but its sea water. Fun fact: big transatlantic ships would need to stop if you want to cross, because "pedestrians" have priority over ships. Nice story to tell your grandchildren ...


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I have had one experience where we got changed in our rooms and went to the spa in robes and slippers. On the way back the only way to the room is to go through the bar area which was now in full swing with a wedding party - very embarrassing :)


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Off the top of my head, and with a little help from SportOutdoor24: The Waikiki Roughwater Swim is a good starting point, with its 3.78km ocean swim off the coast of Hawaii You could join the Messina Straight swim, whose linked site (in Italian) says that you must be a licensed athlete to participate The Manhattan Island Marathon Swim also looks promising ...


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The Arctic and Antarctic are challenging places to swim at. It is not expensive to go to Svalbard and the Antarctic is reachable for a reasonable price too. Wim Hof, shown swimming in Iceland here offers courses that will allow you to swim in ice cold conditions for a long time without suffering the usual symptoms. This involves doing hyperventilation ...


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I'm sorry, but though it might be common that Corfiot hotels tolerate, accept or even promote the usage of their facilities by non-guests, you have absolutely no carte blanche as in 'you can roll up to any other swimming pool and use that, free of charge'. You must especially expect restrictions from hotels offering all-inclusive-service, since they might ...



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