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Masters and open water swimmers can learn a lot from each other, says Simon Griffiths


This winter I’ve avoided the cold and increased the amount of swimming I’ve done in heated pools. Luckily one of those pools is the lovely Hampton Lido so I’ve still been getting outside while enjoying the luxury of 28-degree water and some occasional winter sunshine.

The purpose behind this additional pool training is that I’ve entered the European Masters Swimming Championships in May. This was something I was originally looking forward to but now anticipate with some trepidation as it’s been massively over-subscribed and, at the time of writing, it sounds as if the organisers will be forcing those of us who entered on time to reduce our number of events to make space for those who’ve entered late.

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As spring finally arrives, it is time to start planning your summer swims. We have features on wild swimming in Spain and Florida and full event listings for races in the UK and around the world. Plus, we report from Russia and the UK on the final flurry of the season’s cold water swimming competitions. In this issue’s performance zone, as well as all the usual training and nutrition advice, we teach you how to master easy butterfly. This issue we celebrate a true pioneer of the open water: Mercedes Gleitze, the first British woman to swim the English Channel, was an independent working class woman who promoted open water swimming to a new audience.