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Editor’s letter


The positive benefits of cold water swimming on mental health are a hot topic in the media at the moment following a case report published in British Medical Journal Case Reports on open water swimming as a treatment for major depressive disorder. Anecdotally the benefits of cold water swimming are well known to winter swimmers – it is exciting that the report by a team from Portsmouth University and Dr Mark Harper suggests that there could be a scientific basis to what we have long believed. We speak to Mark and explore the feel-good factor around cold water swimming in Swim Positive (p28).

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In our October issue we look at the hot topic of cold water swimming and whether it can help beat depression and find out how to get back your swim mojo if you need a motivation boost. Plus we test all the latest pool training gear; swim in wild waters in Norway, the Bahamas and Italy; and delve into the swimming history of America's smallest state. And we share more of your inspiring stories, photos and swimming adventures.