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Swimming teacher Becky Horsbrugh organised a DIY swimming holiday in Puglia to teach her 80-year-old mother to love the water
Becky and her mum
Learning to float

Swimming is my biggest passion, but my love for Italy comes close. Combining the two therefore is like heaven for me. So when my mother mentioned she would love to go away for her 80th birthday, and that she wanted to learn to swim properly, then a trip to Puglia seemed ideal. I have lived in Italy and visited most areas but not the very heel of the country. I’ve been on swimming holidays too and loved them but they can also cost. So I decided to organise my own little swimming trip, with octagenarian mother in tow, while at the same time teaching her to love the water in a host of beautiful locations.

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Meeting our readers at events and swims over the summer, I have been struck by how you are never too old (or young) to have a swimming adventure. I hope that the inspiring stories between these covers inspire you to take on your own swimming challenges. In this issue we look at how you can improve your pacing by taking your training outside, long-term contributor Terry Laughlin writes powerfully about how he has kept swimming through his cancer treatment, we meet ultra swimming legend Jaimie Monahan and Becky Horsbrugh’s 80-year-old mum proves that it is never too late to take to the open water. Plus, a new wildlife column, nutrition, training, wild swimming and swimrun wetsuits and event reviews. It’s another bumper issue! Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor