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A haze of mayflies dancing over water heralds the arrival of summer. We notice them more in their final life stage when they are airborne and fluttering their diaphanous wings, and miss their nymph life stage which is when they live underwater. Perhaps nymph conjures up images of nubile water sprites – certainly not what I think about on seeing the bristly many-legged critters that are mayfly nymphs.

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It's time to get back in the water! With spring finally here read our guide on how to safely enjoy swimming outdoors – plus our top tips on sea swimming. Our Gear section this issue features our choice of training aids to help you tune up your technique so you can make the most of this month's training sessions from coach Fiona Ford on open water skills. We celebrate open water icon Marilyn Bell and the 1954 marathon swim that turned her into a global swimming star. But outdoor swimming isn’t all about massive distances – we also hear about a swim revival in the Czech Republic in memory of a Holocaust survivor and meet the swimmers of Henley Open Water Swimming Club. Plus: full event listings to plan your summer swims, nutrition, injury prevention, event reviews, news, interviews and more of your stunning photography and swim stories.

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CS&PF English Channel solo 6-hour qualifying swims
Diego Lopez is attempting to be the first swimmer ever
Rohan Dattatry More from India is the youngest person (at 32) and first swimmer from Asia to complete the Oceans Seven, the world’s seven toughest channel crossings
The FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series 2018 lands
An informal group of chunky dunkers and winter swimmers
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Simon Griffiths asks what we should be looking for in open water swimming coaches
All the latest news from OS Towers!
This month Ella Foote swims with Henley Open Water Swimming Club (HOWSC), her local club, and relaunches our popular feature where Outdoor Swimmer joins clubs and groups across the country for a swim
Release yourself from anxiety and embrace your inner child (or dog), says Pete Kelly
Beware long car journeys, says Sarah Hobby
Head for the beach and try sea swimming
Ella Foote swims with Libby Page, author of The Lido
In 1954, a different kind of swimsuit competition highlighted the talents of women in Atlantic City.
Our resident Olympian answers your swimming questions
Make sure your move back to swimming outdoors doesn’t undermine a winter’s worth of hard training, says Fiona Ford
Coach James Ewart and surgeon Jeremy Granville-Chapman look at a common fault in swimmers’ strokes and how to correct it
Sleep guru Nick Littlehales explains why sleep is so important to swim performance and how to ensure you get the best night’s sleep
With water temperatures now in double figures, spring is the perfect time to start outdoor swimming. Whether you are a seasoned swimmer or new to open water, here are our top tips for safely enjoying your first outdoor swim of the year
If you’re new to swimming training, or are upping your distance, sports nutritionist Anita Bean advises on how best to fuel your sessions
Why not switch nutrient-lacking breads, wraps, pastas and rice for protein-rich quinoa recipes from nutritionist Kathy Findlay
When Osman Pulgar Blanco took a business trip to Argentina he managed to combine it with some outdoor swimming pleasure
A trip to the Czech Republic led to Jane Drapkin organising a swim in memory of Holocaust survivor Hana Greenfield
Simon Griffiths took a spontaneous trip to Croatia to take part in the sprint event at Ötillö Swimrun Hvar
Turtles, rum punch and sunshine. Swim coach Stephen Baker enjoyed his first trip to the Caribbean