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A swimmer’s first open water event is a magical milestone on their outdoor swimming journey. If you are new to swimming outdoors, an organised event is a great introduction to the open water. It can also be a bit daunting as you swim off into the unknown, so over the next two pages open water coach Jason Tait of South West Swim will guide you through everything you need to know to have an enjoyable first open water swim event


IT’S FINALLY HERE! Race day has arrived and you are about to embark on your first open water swim event. You’re feeling excited, nervous and maybe a little sick. Don’t worry, the person next to you is probably feeling exactly the same. Whether you signed up to your event as a personal challenge, a charity swim or a drunken bet, it’s time to start swimming!

You have spent the winter and spring training in the pool. Before race day you have tested your wetsuit in the open water and practised some open water skills, such as sighting and drafting. So what else can you do to make sure you’re ready for your big day?



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Welcome to our training special! Whether you have signed up for your first open water event or are planning an endurance challenge we have a plan for you – turn to page 44 for our one mile, 5k and 10k training schedules. We also have an intensive 10k DIY training camp for more advanced swimmers, as well as advice on how to successfully swim 24 miles in 24 hours and train for a swimrun event. Plus, our resident Olympian Cassie Patten answers your training queries and Total Immersion head coach Terry Laughlin trains your brain as well as your body. And if you haven’t yet signed up to an event to train for, check out our full listings starting on page 80. Outdoor swimming isn’t all about chasing that PB though. We hear from self-confessed dipper Joe Minihane about how wild swimming helped cure his anxiety and Ella Foote swims with Tessa Wardley, the author of a new book on mindfulness and swimming. And Jenny Landreth delves into the history books to explore the advice given to female swimmers in the 19th century. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.