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MASTER THE MOVE OPEN-WATER SWIMMING

Ditching the pool to hit the wild water? Do it right, with tips from marathon open-water swimmer Keri-Anne Payne

DO THE BASICS RIGHT

Words Laura Potter. Photograph Istock

Longer days and warmer temperatures can make wild swimming wildly appealing. ‘There’s no roof, no lanes and you can’t see the bottom, but that’s exciting,’ says Keri-Anne Payne. ‘Weeds, reeds, fish and not knowing what’s beneath you can be daunting, but everything in the water is way more scared of you than you need be of it. Plus weeds mean the water’s clean.’ Keri-Anne recommends starting small. ‘Try an open-water lido or, if you’re comfortable in the sea, check rnli.org for lifeguarded beaches. And if you want a bit more shelter, look for a lake or river on nowca.org. Never ever go alone and, if you turn up and the water’s very choppy, don’t swim. Come back when the conditions are safer.’

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Spring into action with our summer of fun issue! Inside, you’ll find our ultimate outdoor fitness guide, with tips on how to get friends and family involved, and an expert piece busting weight loss myths. We chat to presenter Jameela Jamil about why she’s leading the post-body positivity movement and delve into the Governments new calorie counting obsession. Plus, how to pick your perfect PT, the real women’s guide to summer skincare, and six salads you’d be proud to serve up this summer. Find out more in the brand new issue of Healthy!