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LAKE GENEVA LEGENDS

Two years ago, beginner open water swimmer Lorraine Candy couldn’t swim four lengths of front crawl. Next month she will swim the 70km length of Lake Geneva as part of a six-person relay team

CHALLENGE

WILD Swimming Special

Lorraine (second from left) and the rest of her team
Credit: Theo Coyne

It’s 7.30am on a Sunday morning. A brisk wind is ruffling the feathers of a swan gliding across Shepperton Lake. Everyone around us is heading into the water in wetsuits; it’s so nippy some people are wearing neoprene socks and gloves. Meanwhile, I am in a nervous huddle on the grass with my friends Dipa, 43, and Lisa, 34. We’re clutching our warm Dryrobes to us, waiting for the right moment to dash into the 12-degree water in our swimsuits.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

In this issue we are celebrating the joy of wild swimming. There is more to swimming outdoors than organised events and races; wild swimming gives you space to experience nature, adventure, freedom and creativity. Seas, rivers, lakes, ponds, streams and lochs... look at a map and any blue space is a possibility to swim. As contributor Sam Mould writes in ‘Wayfarer in the Wilderness’, her exploration of wild swimming and landscape: “I feel that I have become dislocated from the natural world, from the wild environment and the inexorable rawness of nature.” Wild swimming goes some way to redress that balance. We hope you enjoy the stories within these pages, whether you like dipping in tarns in the Lake District or swimming across lakes in Switzerland, and get some new ideas for your own wild swimming adventures around the country and the world. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor