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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > April 2017 > LEAPING FOR THE JOY OF SWIMMING


Ella Foote meets Alexandra Heminsley, author of Leap In, an emotional account of her venture to tackle the sea, from learning to swim properly to swimming from island to island in Greece


“Running taught me you get to choose to have a level of self determination about the person you want to be, swimming taught me that you can be this far into your life and decide you would quite like to learn to do it well” says author and journalist Alexandra Heminsley who has recently mastered outdoor swimming.

If you have read Alex’s new book, Leap In, the first thing you will notice about her in person is that she is now close to the arrival of her first child – the book ends with her questioning if she would ever have children. The second thing you will notice is her passion and persistence to constantly challenge herself. Leap In follows the success of Running Like a Girl, a book that tells her story of starting to run and making it part of her life. “If you are like me, trying to do something different, there is always a question mark whether you will actually do it – part of the experience is to question it, especially with swimming,” says Alex.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Welcome to the first issue of Outdoor Swimmer! We are dedicated to providing inspiration and information for people who swim outdoors – and for people who want to swim outdoors but haven’t yet quite plucked up enough courage to escape the confines of the pool. If you were a reader of H2Open, the former name of Outdoor Swimmer, we hope you will be pleased with the changes we have made. But don’t worry, we haven’t changed radically! We still have all the same great features we had before, but the changes we have made are those that were suggested by you in our reader survey. We will focus more on the social aspects of outdoor swimming and increase our coverage of wild swimming, as well as expanding our training section to include distance-specific plans to help you reach your swimming goals. We are also thrilled to have joined forces with the Outdoor Swimming Society to bring you reviews of all the best kit for outdoor swimmers. This issue we look at goggles, next month we will be reviewing wetsuits. Let us know what you think of the changes, and what you would like to see more (or less) of in Outdoor Swimmer. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor