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Changing your technique needn’t be hard work Says Cassie patten

After my swimming career ended, I was at a bit of a loose end as to what to do next. Originally I had planned to go into primary education, but due to my severe dyslexia I could not quite grasp teaching phonics. So I decided to embark on a career as a PE teacher and for the past three years I have been studying at the University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth.

I have no plans to go straight into PE teaching in September after I graduate, as I want to explore swimming coaching and mentoring. But I have learnt a great deal from my course, mainly to do with the rules of badminton and volleyball! I also now have a better understanding of how people learn and their stages of skill acquisition, thus making me a better swimming coach.

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There is wild swimming and there is really wild swimming. This issue we bring you some pretty extreme swimming from the Arctic Circle. It is thrilling stuff, but if you like your thrills a little more genteel then check out our feature on swimming walks in Devon. Elsewhere in the mag we are feeling pretty zen: breathe deeply and read our features on yoga for open water swimmers and the benefits of mindful swimming. Not all of us are lucky enough to live near the open water. For many, me included, our regular dose of outdoor swimming is from our local lido. We look at the lido revival that is taking place around the country. As well as more event reviews and event listings than ever before we also have tips on better backstroke from Terry Laughlin, how to train with paddles from Fiona Ford and Ed Williams teaches you how to bounce back from failure. Plus, gear reviews, nutrition and loads more!