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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > June/July 2016 > Getting dressed for success

Getting dressed for success

from a homemade robe made by his mum to essential kit for everyone from swimmers to obstacle course racers. Jonathan Cowie meets dryrobe® founder gideon bright

On the banks of rivers, lakes and on beaches up and down the country, dryrobes are an essential bit of kit for open water swimmers. Whether you are training to swim the English Channel, taking part in a winter swimming competition, or just need to get warm, dry and not expose yourself in a car park after a spot of wild swimming, the now ubiquitous changing robe is a mainstay of pretty much every outdoor swimmer I know. Non-swimming “normals” may mock and look askance as you parade around looking like a cross between Darth Vader and a penguin, but who’s having the last laugh when you’re snuggled into a waterproof fleecy cocoon as the rain batters down and the wind whips up. You may even be naked underneath, but no one need ever know.

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There is wild swimming and there is really wild swimming. This issue we bring you some pretty extreme swimming from the Arctic Circle. It is thrilling stuff, but if you like your thrills a little more genteel then check out our feature on swimming walks in Devon. Elsewhere in the mag we are feeling pretty zen: breathe deeply and read our features on yoga for open water swimmers and the benefits of mindful swimming. Not all of us are lucky enough to live near the open water. For many, me included, our regular dose of outdoor swimming is from our local lido. We look at the lido revival that is taking place around the country. As well as more event reviews and event listings than ever before we also have tips on better backstroke from Terry Laughlin, how to train with paddles from Fiona Ford and Ed Williams teaches you how to bounce back from failure. Plus, gear reviews, nutrition and loads more!