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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > December 2017 > THE POLAR BEAR CLUB


Will you be heeding the siren call of the water this winter, asks Pete Kelly


Our masters group were shocked when they closed the pool at Troutbeck, but I was ecstatic… now we simply had to swim in the lake as there was nowhere else to go. With winter approaching I was keen to form a polar bear club but I wondered how this would be received by our swimmers. I need not have worried. Anne, one of the more senior members of our group said to me: “I only have one rule about winter swimming: I never swim when it’s below three degrees”. Ten years on they still never miss a Friday morning swim during the winter.

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Welcome to our Christmas issue! The December issue of Outdoor Swimmer is packed full of awesome features to inspire your swimming adventures. Master the medley; full listings for festive dips around the country; Christmas gift guide; plus, nutrition, technique, events, destinations, interviews and more of your stunning photography and swim stories.