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“I’M SCARED OF SWIMMING IN OPEN WATER AND NOT BEING ABLE TO SEE THE BOTTOM”

In the first article in a new series, sport psychologist Helen Davis looks at some common fears and how to overcome them

SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

Fear. It is a common emotion experienced by many swimmers, particularly in the ever-changing environment of open water. Not being able to see the bottom in the sea, lake or river can throw even the most experienced swimmer. Symptoms can vary depending on the level of fear, but can typically include extreme anxiety, dread and feelings of panic such as shortness of breath, rapid breathing, sweating and nausea.

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As we finally spring into summer, our June issue is packed full of inspiring stories and features. Whether you are training for an endurance swim or planning a summer of wild swimming adventures, we have all the best advice, kit and inspiration to help you get out there and enjoy the open water.