​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. » 3/12/15 11:55pm 3/12/15 11:55pm

A true survival story about a crazy fishing trip gone wrong

Red Bull is animating crazy surfer stories and this one from surfer Dean 'Dingo' Morrison is a doozy. It starts when he decides to buy a boat to try and catch the biggest fish he can. But him and his friends get too drunk and capsize the boat and end up swimming from island to island in search of rescue. » 12/19/14 10:42pm 12/19/14 10:42pm

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. » 11/13/14 12:45pm 11/13/14 12:45pm

Happiness is this video of a dog running towards the sea

Meet Walter, a happy labrador that enjoys a good run before diving in the refreshing waters of Siracusa—in gorgeous Sicily. His owner obviously knows that and he strapped a Go Pro on his back so we all can share Walter's joy for life. » 9/04/14 8:35pm 9/04/14 8:35pm

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… » 8/08/14 9:59am 8/08/14 9:59am

Swimming From Alcatraz to Shore With a GoPro on My Head

On July 20th, I rode in a cab from my apartment 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. » 8/07/14 1:00pm 8/07/14 1:00pm

A Smart Headband That Keeps Your Kids Safe (and Forever Alone)

No one wants their young kids to fall into an unattended pool. It's (one of) a parent's (many) worst nightmare(s). iSwimband is designed to let you know immediately if the worst should happen. And probably also to keep your kids from making any friends. » 7/27/14 11:00am 7/27/14 11:00am

Be Prepared: Can You Pass The Boy Scout Swimming Merit Badge Test?

As adults, we're better equipped with basic skills than a bunch of Boy Scouts, right? Prove it, could you pass the test to get a Swimming Merit Badge? » 7/15/14 5:31pm 7/15/14 5:31pm

7 Cities Making Their Urban Rivers Swimmable Again

It's almost time for another steamy, sweaty summer in the city—and nothing looks like it might cool you off more than that sparkling waterway winding through the center of your downtown. But can you really swim in it? In more and more cities, the answer is a refreshing yes. » 6/03/14 10:00am 6/03/14 10:00am

This Is the Closest We've Ever Come to Recreating Shark Skin

Shark skin is famously sleek and dragless, the envy of swimsuit designers. Perhaps less famous is what shark skin's oddly rough surface looks like up close: an eerie matrix of microscopic tooth-like scales. Now, scientists are 3D printing artificial shark skin in hopes of unlocking its swimming secrets. » 5/21/14 5:40pm 5/21/14 5:40pm

Crazy Humans Explain Why They Swim Outdoors in Below-Freezing Temps

There are some folks for whom stripping down to a Speedo in the dead of winter to hop into in a snow-lined outdoor pool sounds like a special kind of frozen-over hell. And then there is this dedicated gang of water-lovin' types who will get their laps in at the London Fields Lido no matter the weather. It's a true… » 5/18/14 12:00pm 5/18/14 12:00pm

Polar Bear! The 4 Best Places to Take a Frigid Dip This New Year's Day

It's New Year's morning—you've got a champagne hangover and half an ill-advised Meat Lover's pizza on your nightstand. What could possibly make this day better? For some, it's jumping into an ice-fringed ocean. » 1/01/14 9:00am 1/01/14 9:00am

This Pressure Picture Reveals Why Jellyfish Are So Damn Efficient

Jellyfish are amazing creatures, travelling in massive blooms and pulsating mesmerically to drive themselves through the water. But how does that simple motion manage to push them through the water so quickly? » 10/08/13 8:06am 10/08/13 8:06am

Listen To Music Through Your Cheekbones While You Swim Laps

It's hard to listen to music while you're swimming because even waterproof earbuds that actually stay on try to conduct sound through air to reach your eardrums, and there's not a lot of air underwater. The FINIS Neptune works on this issue by sending sound waves straight into your face. Total bombardment. In a good… » 5/26/13 3:52pm 5/26/13 3:52pm

This Robotic Sea Turtle Moves Through the Water With Breathtaking Grace

Mankind's attempts to create robotic humans that move exactly like us have so far been far from perfect. They usually stumble around, desperately trying to keep their balance like a toddler taking its first steps. But recreating the natural motions of underwater creatures like sea turtles? We've damn near perfected… » 11/30/12 6:40pm 11/30/12 6:40pm

This Robotic Swimming Humanoid Is No Match For Phelps

If Tokyo Tech's swimming android robot—awkwardly dubbed the Swumanoid—is any indication, our Olympic athletes don't have to worry about any cybernetic competition for at least a few more years. But for the time being, this robot is actually designed to help improve a human swimmer's performance and gear. » 7/28/12 7:00pm 7/28/12 7:00pm

This Underwater Exploration Float Should Come in Adult Sizes

The coolest kid at the beach would come sporting this water toy—a float with a periscope attached. But what everyone wants to know is if they could make it for adults too. » 7/17/12 1:40pm 7/17/12 1:40pm

Swimmable Mermaid Tails Are an Embarrassing Way to Drown

Monika Naumann's three daughters simply adore all things mermaid. And, fortunately for the daughters Naumann, their mother will do whatever it takes to ensure her girls have their hearts' desire. It doesn't matter that mermaids aren't real! If they want to be little Ariels, they will be little Ariels! » 7/07/12 12:40am 7/07/12 12:40am

How to Get Rid of Runner's Stitch

If you're like the majority of runners, you've experienced this at one point or another: You're out for a run, and then in creeps a sharp, localized pain, right under one of your ribs. You think, "What is that, and how to I banish it to hell forever?" » 7/04/12 12:00pm 7/04/12 12:00pm

Breathe Like a Dolphin With This Double-Sided Swimming Snorkel

Constantly turning your head to breath while doing the front crawl slows you down and can strain the muscles in your neck. The Powerbreather takes a design cue from our cetacean cousins by letting you breath out the back of your head. » 5/03/12 9:00pm 5/03/12 9:00pm