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Sixty-nine women gathered at Wardie Bay in Edinburgh for a sunrise swim in sea temperatures of 5.5 degrees Celsius and air temperature of 0.5 degree to celebrate International Women’s Day with a message of solidarity and body positivity. The event was organised by activist Danni Gordon and photographer Anna Deacon.

“We all have beautiful bodies – in all shapes and sizes, with muscles and fat bits and stories to tell of a real life lived,” said ice swimmer Gilly McArthur. “Wild swimming and striding with our fellow swimmers celebrates this – men and women alike.”

Body confidence and fear of judgement have been cited as key factors in women and girls giving up swimming and other sports. Half a million women gave up swimming in the last decade because of body image concerns.

“Jumping in wild water is like injecting unicorn blood into my veins,” said ‘Urban Mermaid’ Lindsey Cole. “It makes me feel wonderful and it’s incredibly addictive.”

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Mermaids! Romance! Time travel! Tescos! The April issue of Outdoor Swimmer has it all. We chat with our new guest coach and cover star Olympian Keri-anne Payne about her coaching philosophy, contributing editor Ella Foote meets some swimmers in a supermarket car park, Elaine Howley tells the story of small and repulsive mermaids and Mike Morris slips through time to meet a Victorian swimming champion. And we have two new regular features starting this issue: Eco Heroes, in which we celebrate people and companies striving to save the planet; and Wild About You, where we play matchmaker for solo swimmers looking for love. Plus Plus, how to train for your first open water mile as well as more long distance challenges, training day menus, swimming with cerebral palsy, a dream swim trip in the Maldives and comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.