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Simon Griffiths reflects on our first year as Outdoor Swimmer and our latest survey results


Well, that came around quickly! This issue marks one year since we rebranded to Outdoor Swimmer and switched our publication frequency to monthly. In swimming, making changes to your technique or training is difficult and has uncertain results. It was the same with making changes to the magazine. While we had canvased opinion about the proposed changes through reader surveys and focus groups, we couldn’t be sure you would like them when they happened. Fortunately, it seems as if you did as most of you have stayed with us and we have welcomed lots of new readers too. I therefore firstly want to use my space in this month’s issue to say thank you for your support – we couldn’t produce Outdoor Swimmer without you!

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Our April issue is our one-year anniversary issue, and it's a cracker to get you in the mood for the start of the main outdoor swimming season. On the training front, we've got a couple of kick and pull sets to try out or a fitness and technique boost, and would look at how poor technique may not only slow you down but also be a factor in shoulder injuries. Our contributor Becky Horsbrugh relates how she became a hero for a day in Bangladesh when she swam across the Bangla Channel. Then, just in case you thought outdoor swimming was a new thing, Richard Nelsson tells us the story of two swimmers from the 1950s who went about swimming in every tarn in the Lake District, naked.