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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > January 2018 > OVERCOMING YOUR FEARS


Lara Solomon took on the challenge of swimming 2km in the sea after signing up to Can Too Foundation programme


Originally from the UK but living in Sydney, I decided last year that I wanted to learn to ocean swim properly, rather than breaststroke, so I signed up with the Can Too Foundation.

Can Too was started in 2005 by Annie Crawford as “an opportunity to believe in people until they believe in themselves. We go to great lengths to create a supportive, safe environment for people to learn to ocean swim.”

Learning to ocean swim with the Can Too Foundation costs $200 (about £100) to register, and comes with a commitment to fundraise at least $1,350 (about £700) for cancer research and prevention. The programme consists of one lesson in the pool and one in the ocean each week for 14 weeks, ending in a goal swim of 1km or 2.8km at the Macquarie Big Swim.

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Whether your New Year goal is an epic challenge or your first open water swim, our 2018 Race Guide is the pick of the year’s must-do events. Elsewhere in the magazine, we have inspiring stories of more personal challenges: learning to ocean swim, 50 castle swims and a new English Channel record. Plus, advice from Olympians, record breakers and swim coaches on how to max your motivation without going nuts.