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One of the few animals that possess an eponymous verb, harbour porpoises (Phocena phocena) may be seen porpoising around Britain and Ireland at any time of year. Subtle are the charms of harbour porpoises; they do not leap acrobatically. It takes a calm sea or a canny eye to spot them skimming along the water’s surface, unless it is one of the rare occasions they are moving at speed when like a hooligan on a jetski they cast a spray of water in their wake.

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Outdoor Swimmer
October 2018

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This month coach James Ewart looks at whether you should incorporate a glide in your stroke
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Swimming 10km in a pool is a big challenge. Alice Gartland gives you 10 top tips for taking on the Marathon Swims event
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Donna Linder joined her husband for a week’s swimming in The Bahamas
Sam Mould travelled with SwimQuest to the Lofoten islands, a wilderness outpost in the Arctic Circle
Simon Griffiths took part in Oceanman’s 14km Lago D’Orta swim
Dianne Parrish and swimming group the #ChesterFrosties swam down memory lane in Blackpool
Jellyfish, strong currents and farting dolphins. Mark Richard’s big challenge was exciting, unique and close to home
Jo Lockhart swam at the LEN European Masters Championships in Lake Bled, Slovenia
As the summer winds down in the Northern Hemisphere, our thoughts are turning to making the most of the autumn and winter months. For most of us that means spending more time in the pool, developing our technique and improving fitness before all of a sudden it’s the summer again, and those seemingly distant open water challenges you’ve been talking about are just around the corner. Alice Gartland