Amsterdam is a city of water, and it is therefore not surprising that swimming in natural waters is a favorite pass time for Amsterdam residents on hot days. With a week of extremely hot weather ahead for the Netherlands, here follows a list of five natural swimming spots in and around the Dutch capital, compiled by Het Parool.
The Netherlands ended the joint European Championships for athletics, swimming, cycling, gymnastics, golf, rowing and triathlon in Berlin and Glasgow with 43 medals - 15 gold, 15 silver and 13 bronze. With that the Dutch athletes won the fourth most medals, after Russia, Great Britain and Italy, NU.nl reports.
The Dutch Rescue Brigade is extra busy this year with helping swimmers who get into trouble. In the hot period between July 2nd and August 5th, the rescue brigade responded to help swimmers 3,259 times, compared to 3,800 times in the entire summer of 2017. Director Koen Breedveld blames this mainly on decreasing swimming skills, he said to newspaper AD.
Waterboards across the Netherlands warn swimmers to keep a careful eye out for blue-green algae during the hot days. The algae can cause serious skin and eye irritations for those who come into contact with it, the Telegraaf reports.
Blue-green algae already emerged on five beaches in the Flevopolder, for example.
With summer-high temperatures expected in the Netherlands today and tomorrow, many Dutch may be tempted into the water. Be very careful when going swimming, the Rescue Brigade warns. The weather may be warm, but the water is still very cold.
Tropical weather in the Netherlands on Tuesday sent many people to the water to cool down. This did not work out well for everyone. At least three people drowned while swimming on Tuesday.
A 14-year-old boy drowned while swimming in a pond in the Henri Dunantpark in Eindhoven on Tuesday afternoon. Police divers took his body out of the water around 2:00 p.m. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
A boy drowned in the pond in Henri Dunantpark in Eindhoven on Tuesday afternoon. He disappeared underwater while swimming. A police diving team took him out of the water some time later, RTL Nieuws reports.
The boy was found in the water around 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The exact age of the child is unclear, though according to RTL, he is a teenager. He was swimming with friends when he disappeared under water.
Attempts to resuscitate the boy were unsuccessful. His identity was not revealed, because the police still has to inform his family.
The body of a 13-year-old boy was pulled from the Waal river in Tiel on Thursday night. He disappeared under water while swimming with friends earlier that afternoon. The boy is the third person to drown in the Waal in five days.
The boy was reported missing in the water around 3:00 p.m., according to Omroep Gelderland. Divers from the fire department immediately launched a search for the boy, aided from the air by a police helicopter, but to no avail. A special team with sonar equipment found the body around 9:00 p.m.
Lisa Kruger won the first gold medal for the Netherlands at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. The 16-year-old swimmer clocked 1.15,49 in the 100 meter breaststroke in the SB9 class, thereby just missing breaking the world record of 1.15,47 she set earlier that day
The continuing hot weather this week has Amsterdam residents looking for ways to cool down. More and more are heading to the water, and not only in official swimming spots - for many the water also beckons in the canals and the Amstel
Over the past decades the number of child drownings in the Netherlands decreased significantly. Every year an average of 80 people drown in the Netherlands, nine of which are kids under the age of 15. In the 50's an annual average of between 400 and 500 people drowned, nearly 300 of which were children, according to figures Statistics Netherlands published on Tuesday.
A group of about 40 students fell ill at a Hague school after a swim lesson. Five students and two teachers were transported to an area hospital
Police in Zandvoort sealed off part of the beach there after the body of a young woman was discovered washed ashore. Her identity is not known, police said Saturday.
The Belangevereniging Van Kleine Mensen (BVKM - Interest Association of Little People) wants the next World Dwarf Games (2017) to be held in Stadskanaal, Groningen. The association submitted the bid book to the organization at the end of last month, RTV Noord reports.
A German man has drowned while swimming off the coast of Callantsoog, North Holland. Police suspect that the man was caught in the strong currents.
A 14-year-old girl is being called a hero for rescuing a two-year-old toddler found convulsing in a Rotterdam swimming hole. Amina El Bahmouti was playing in the Kralingen Lake with her girlfriend, Sara, when Sara pointed out the struggling boy.
Kromowidjojo announced on Thursday that she will no longer train with national coach Marcel Wouda. The announcement is the newest of changes within the Dutch swimming team.
The reason that Ranomi Kromowidjojo gives, is that she is not 100% sure that the cooperation between her and Wouda is good enough for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next year.
Almost at the same time Bastiaan Lijesen also stopped the cooperation with Wouda.
Both Kromowidjojo and Lijesen have announced to prefer to train under the leadership of the assistant of Wouda, Christiaan Sloof.
At the final day of the world cup events in Doha, Ranomi Kromowidjojo won the 100 meter freestyle and so won her second gold medal during the events.
The Olympian champion, who won a day earlier already the 50 meter freestyle, was too quick for her competitors. She leaded the race from the start and ended with 52.29 seconds. This time is about one second slower than the world record of 4 years ago, but that was achieved with the now forbidden polyurethane swimming suit.
After the won race in Dubai, Ranomi Kromowidjojo won again in Doha at the 50 meter freestyle. The world record swimmer (23.24 seconds) finished in Doha at 23.69 seconds during the finals.
During the finals of the world cup events in Doha, none of the competitors came near to the time of Kromowidjojo. The German Dorothea Brandt finished at 24.27 seconds and the Danish Jeanette Ottesen Gray finished for Bronze at 24.33 seconds. Dutch Inge Dekker just missed a spot on the stage with 24.52 seconds.
The Eindhoven World Cup has begun today, August 7, in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
The Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo received her first individual world title by winning gold in the women's 50-meter freestyle at the FINA World Championships.