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SAFER SWIMMERS

Enjoy the water but temper enthusiasm with common sense, says Pete Kelly

TALES FROM UP NORTH

Dare we say that Spring has arrived – now that The Beast from the East has had its way with us? The daffodils are out and they have joined the snowdrops and crocus to make the Lakes an even more beautiful place to be; my winter blues have been borne away at last. All life here seems renewed along with the urge to swim. The need to swim.

This need to swim must be tempered with common sense at this time of year. Without detracting from the wild and adventurous nature of our swimming, we can make our forays out into cold water safe and relatively risk free. Many of you will be heading out into the water for the first time, or the first time in a long time and I’d like to pass on some tips that I’ve learnt the hard way, and that I hope make me a much safer swimmer.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Our April issue is our one-year anniversary issue, and it's a cracker to get you in the mood for the start of the main outdoor swimming season. On the training front, we've got a couple of kick and pull sets to try out or a fitness and technique boost, and would look at how poor technique may not only slow you down but also be a factor in shoulder injuries. Our contributor Becky Horsbrugh relates how she became a hero for a day in Bangladesh when she swam across the Bangla Channel. Then, just in case you thought outdoor swimming was a new thing, Richard Nelsson tells us the story of two swimmers from the 1950s who went about swimming in every tarn in the Lake District, naked.