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WILDLIFE

EMPEROR DRAGONFLY

My lawn was in the clutches of ghosts. Returning home to #NoMowMay, after a couple of months lockdown elsewhere, the grass was beyond knee high - perfect for dragonfly nymphs to climb and await metamorphosis. I saw one Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) emerge jewel green and fly away leaving behind a translucent shell of its nymph skin holding a stalk of grass.

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After months of not swimming, if you are anything like us you are making the most of your local swimming spots. In this issue Simon Murie recommends lesser known UK swimming destinations for some post-lockdown swimspiration, Keri-anne Payne gives us an open water checklist to make sure the fundamentals of our stroke are solid, and Ray Gibbs and Alice Todd discuss the unexpected benefits lockdown could have on our swimming. And Simon Griffiths has some radical suggestions to help make our rivers safer for swimmers. We discover the story of 'Tuna' Chapman – the first successful solo black English Channel swimmer – , explore the world of outdoor pools and lidos, and learn how to forage for tasty ingredients at your local swim spot. Plus, videos, podcasts, training and technique advice, open water news and more of your stunning photography and inspirational stories. Happy swimming!

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Outdoor Swimmer
After months of not swimming, if you are anything like
Regulars
in association with SwimQuest Holidays
Despite the news that outdoor pools in England were
English Channel swimming resumed in July after the
In what we think was the first post-lockdown mass participation
Now that lidos and outdoor pools are open, it is important
An English Girl, some Spanish waves and a Cornish beach by Emily Stevens
We live in strange times, not least when it comes to
We chat with PhD Ecology Researcher Claire Robertson about the Oxford Floating Protest, a peaceful demonstration being held on Saturday 8 August to raise awareness and demand action against raw sewage pollution in the River Thames.
I was swimming with a small group of people a few weeks
Share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #swimwildandfree
Simon Griffiths suggests putting diving boards on the river to offer youngsters an alternative to jumping from bridges
Lakeside Shopping Centre is not known for swimming. But that is about to change with the opening of a new swim venue, finds Joanne Jones
Author and journalist Christopher Beanland celebrates outdoor swimming pools across the world in his new book, Lido. Ella Foote dips in to discover more
Photographer Jay Patel turns the lens on himself for a personal project about his experience with the water. Ella Foote finds out more
Supervised and commercially operated outdoor swimming venues
Features
Outdoor Swimmer is the only printed publication in
Thank you to the following individuals who have joined the Outdoor Swimmer Family as Patrons and Super Patrons
Charles Chapman elevated the profile of black swimmers in open water.
Pregnancy and lockdown left Nicola Kelly landlocked with an urge for wild waters
Excel
Cassie Patten on the injury that put paid to her London 2012 dreams and new beginnings post-retirement
Go back to basics and check your breathing, head position and rotation before getting back to swimming this summer
2020 has been a challenging time for pool swimmers and swimming clubs and as a result, the team at 100% Swimming developed programmes for junior, masters and triathlete swimmers. Coach Paul Fowler shares his experience.
Sport psychologist Helen Davis finds out how The King’s Swimmers are adapting English Channel training to maintain motivation in uncertain times
Swim coach Ray Gibbs from Swim Canary Wharf and Alice Todd from SwimQuest Holidays discuss the benefits of a break from swimming over lockdown
Three recipes to try - without using heat - made from ingredients foraged from your local swim spot. Luke Chamberlain experiments…
Explore
It’s finally arrived! Summer’s here, and with it travel
With foreign holidays still in the balance, now is the time to explore some of the UK’s lesser known swim spots. By SwimTrek founder Simon Murie
Swimrunner
Ötillö Engadin is first major post-Covid swimrun
Hills are almost always part of swimrun. Jude Palmer looks at how to take them in your stride
Mike Alexander looks at how heuristics can cause us to make poor decisions - and how to avoid them
Simon Griffiths caught up with Chelsey Bailey - one half of the mother and daughter team behind the UK Grassroots Swimrun Series
Now is the time for outdoor swimmers to help support both fellow swimmers and our broader community