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About Outdoor Swimmer

Welcome to the first issue of Outdoor Swimmer! We are dedicated to providing inspiration and information for people who swim outdoors – and for people who want to swim outdoors but haven’t yet quite plucked up enough courage to escape the confines of the pool. If you were a reader of H2Open, the former name of Outdoor Swimmer, we hope you will be pleased with the changes we have made. But don’t worry, we haven’t changed radically! We still have all the same great features we had before, but the changes we have made are those that were suggested by you in our reader survey. We will focus more on the social aspects of outdoor swimming and increase our coverage of wild swimming, as well as expanding our training section to include distance-specific plans to help you reach your swimming goals. We are also thrilled to have joined forces with the Outdoor Swimming Society to bring you reviews of all the best kit for outdoor swimmers. This issue we look at goggles, next month we will be reviewing wetsuits. Let us know what you think of the changes, and what you would like to see more (or less) of in Outdoor Swimmer. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor

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Graeme Moore suffers from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and has had both his feet amputated. This summer he plans to complete the Great North Swim
OPEN WATER NEWS ROUND-UP
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Éva Risztov, 2012 Olympic gold medallist in the 10km
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DIVE IN
It’s not a case of ‘out with the old, in with the new’, says Outdoor Swimmer founder and publisher, Simon Griffiths
FEATURES
In September 2016, Ian Rivers, Nicola Goodwin and Julie Hardman became the first people to swim and walk the entire length of the River Wye from the source at Plynlimon through to the Severn estuary
According to the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), 22% of women and 20% of men in England are unable to swim. Alice Gartland meets inspirational Swim London coach Harley Hicks, whose mission is to ‘rip those statistics apart’
Ella Foote meets Alexandra Heminsley, author of Leap In, an emotional account of her venture to tackle the sea, from learning to swim properly to swimming from island to island in Greece
Inspired by her wild swimming adventures, Nancy Farmer decided to immortalise her swims as drawings. She soon discovered that people were delighted to be caught in her sketchbook
Jason West tells the story of how an old swimmer’s generosity led to the formation of a vibrant swimming community
EXCEL
Our resident Olympian answers your swimming questions
Total Immersion founder and head coach Terry Laughlin looks at the principles and protocols of training your brain and presents a sample set to get you started on making your training neurally orientated
Sport psychology is the study of how psychology influences
Finding it hard to fit in your swims and fuel yourself properly? Here are three recipes for the timepoor outdoor swimmer from nutritionist Kathy Findlay
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EXPLORE
Wild camping and swimming – Jonathan Cowie gets back to nature in Finland’s Lake Päijänne
EVENTS
Beginner ice-swimmer Julia Horton jumped in at the deep end at the Great Britain Ice Swimming Championships in Loch Lomond
Jonathan Cowie heads to the Czech Republic to take part in a weekend of winter swimming – and the ultimate winter triathlon
Chris Thompson waited until he moved to Charleston, South Carolina, to enter his first open water race – the Low Country Splash
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