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Helen Davis investigates the importance of social support networks in swimming
The Chalkwell Redcaps.
Photo by Clare Calder



Swimmers love to swim for a whole host of reasons whether it be social swims with friends who love the same things as you, swims in clubs and groups where you are pushed to swim faster and harder, challenging swims in dark, murky water across straits and channels with jellyfish and other wildlife. Perhaps you like long, cold swims in never-ending lakes or rough, choppy seas? Or do you like slow, contemplative swims in ponds with ducks for company and low hanging willow trees? Short, fun swims in tiny hotel pools might be your preference with the sun shining down on your back. All these kinds of swims have their own qualities and they all have rewards.

When you encounter a sport that you connect with, the next step is often to hook up with others who share that connection. Swimming provides us with a social space, a nexus for people, places and swims.

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Welcome to our February issue! The new issue of Outdoor Swimmer is packed full of awesome features to help you keep your New Year challenges on track and inspire your swimming adventures. An introduction to the world's most iconic swim, the English Channel; wild swimming adventures; swimming heroes; neoprene accessories on test; plus, nutrition, technique, events, destinations, interviews and more of your stunning photography and swim stories.