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Five beginner swimmers and their swim coach took on the 70km length of Lake Geneva. Lorraine Candy of Team Swim&Tonic reports


Dipa, Lorraine, Dan, Elsa, Lisa and Kate celebrate their success

Swimming out of the darkness and into the sunshine of a new day will forever be one of my most treasured memories. If you had told me that six months ago, I would have laughed in your face.

“There’s no way you’ll find me doing front crawl in a Swiss lake in the middle of night,” I would have said. But there I was watching a fiery dawn explode across the Alps every time I took a breath. Gliding beside me was the Imagine, a beautiful yacht leading myself and the five other members of Team Swim&Tonic 70km across Lake Geneva, or Lac Leman as locals call it.

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Flicking through my Facebook feed on a weekend I am always astounded by the sheer variety of challenges swimmers around the world take on, from wild dips to awe-inspiring marathon swims. This past month Caroline Block finished just short of a two-way North Channel crossing; Chloë McCardel announced her new world record attempt – a four-way English Channel; and Sarah Thomas swam into the record books with a 104-mile swim in Lake Champlain. It often makes me feel very inadequate! But sometimes swimming is about more than just swimming This issue we look at how you can give back to the swimming community, and Becky Horsbrugh visits Bangladesh to work for a drowning prevention charity. Author Victoria Whitworth talks about the transformative power of swimming outdoors and coach Mat Hudson explains how to swim strong for life. Plus, wildlife, nutrition, training, wild swimming and reviews. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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