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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > December 2016/January 2017 > SIMON SAYS


Is there a problem with growth in open water swimming, asks Simon Griffiths

Back in the summer I fancied a swim somewhere I could put my head down and stretch out for an hour without having to worry about boats or other water hazards. I went along to a lake that I know has good safety in place and an easy to navigate loop of a decent length. Luckily I arrived by bike as the car park was full. There was a queue 10-deep at the sign-in desk and I didn’t even bother trying to use the changing rooms. Once in the water there were swimmers everywhere. My hopes of a calm, relaxed and tranquil swim evaporated. I suggested the operator should put in lane ropes to separate the hard-training triathletes from the more leisure orientated swimmers. I was joking of course, but is over-crowding going to become a problem as the popularity of open water swimming increases?

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