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Katia Vastiau explored the Maldives by yacht on a dream swimming trip with SwimQuest

After a winter of swimming outdoors several times a week I thought I’d reward myself with some sunshine and warm water. The Maldives had long been on my ‘bucket list’ as a diver, but a swimming holiday to the Maldives with a few dives and snorkel opportunities thrown in sounded like the perfect package. With water temperatures between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius, I worried that I might ind it too hot as I ind most public pools too warm to swim in, but my fears were unfounded: it was perfect!

The Maldives are made of over 1000 islands grouped in a double chain of 26 atolls, which stretch over an area as long as the UK in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It’s a dream destination for any swimmer, and the best way to explore the area is by boat. On arrival at the tiny airport at Malé I was met by SwimQuest guides Alice and Charlie and whisked away to my home for the week: MV Voyager, an Emperor Divers Liveaboard luxury yacht. Now the holiday really started! I tucked my shoes away in a cupboard in my cabin, not to be seen again until I let for the airport a week later. Total bliss.

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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.