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PORBEAGLE Not a threat but threatened.

Being mistaken for a relative is unfortunate when that relative is the great white shark. Porbeagles (Lamna nasus) don’t have the sensational and often fictional media profile of their larger relative the great white. But since porbeagles are indeed sharp-toothed sharks perhaps the first thing an outdoor swimmer wants to know is: who gets bitten by them? The answer is fishermen.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Welcome back to the open water, albeit in a slightly more socially distanced way. This issue we find out what you think of the 'new normal' in outdoor swimming, look at how coaching has changed to accommodate social distancing and I give you some tips on how to make the most of your local open water swimming venue. In the aftermath of the Black Lives Matters protests we look at the barriers to participation in swimming for black people. We speak to writer Jini Reddy on her search for magic in the landscape in her new book Wanderland. And in what would have been our Olympic issue, Cassie Patten reminisces about her bittersweet open water bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics and Elaine Howley explores the history of open water swimming and the history of Games caught in the turmoil of contemporary events. In our Travel section we look at what we can expect on our swim trips this year and explore destinations from the Midlands to the Philippines!

Other Articles in this Issue


Outdoor Swimmer
Welcome back to the open water, albeit in a slightly
Regulars
Whether wild swimming in Scotland, dipping in an urban
Swim England chief executive Jane Nickerson has expressed
UK RANKS NEAR BOTTOM OF EUROPEAN WATER BATHING QUALITY
The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) have announced
Cancelled swim events are hosting virtual races over the summer so you can still take part and claim a winner’s medal!
Based in Bournemouth, Rhiannon loves the sea and anything
The small, heart of Somerset town of Street is best
We chat with co-founder of the Black Swimming Association Ed Accura about his upcoming film Black’s Can’t Swim - a feature film documentary about a Black British person’s struggles and fears with not being able to swim.
With a restart to the season for many, it’s easy to
Share your photos on Instagram with the hashtag #swimwildandfree
Simon Griffiths ponders the health risks of swimming in the Thames
Being mistaken for a relative is unfortunate when that
The River Thames is now busier than ever with swimmers.
Author Jini Reddy is in pursuit of the divine and explores this in her new book Wanderland: A Search for Magic in the Landscape. Ella Foote finds out more.
Features
We love to say that open water swimming is for all. But is that aspirational rather than a statement of truth?
This year’s pandemic postponement isn’t the first time the Olympic games have been disrupted by world events.
What to expect when you get back to swimming at open water venues
Excel
Cassie Patten on her achievements at the Beijing Olympics and a bittersweet medal in the 10km marathon swim
With pools still closed, use your local open water venue to improve your fitness and open water skills.
Big changes have been made at open water venues across the country which has enabled coaching to return to the water. 100% Swimming Coach Paul Fowlershares his experience.
Sport psychologist Helen Davis helps a record-breaking pool swimmer feel comfortable in the open water
Sarah Spencerand Dr Lindsay Forbes shine some light on swimming-induced pulmonary oedema (SIPE) - a poorly understood but potentially deadly condition
Explore
R elaxing of lockdown. Air-bridges. An end to quarantines.
THE MIDLANDS AND CENTRAL ENGLAND HAVE A DIVERSE RANGE
Jonathan Cowie explores the Palawan archipelago in the Philippines
Monica Needstravelled to Cape Town for a unique trip exploring to South Africa’s challenging waters
Swimrunner
U p until now, all the swimruns I have done have been
Mike Alexander explores the options of what to wear on your feet for a swimrun
Simon Griffithsmeets swimrun and adventure race organiser John Yelland of Mad Hatter Events
Gear
Simon Griffiths learns about goggle prescriptions and why you shouldn’t swim in contact lenses
Wetsuits, shoes, shorts, training tech, prescription goggles, drink bottles and tow floats on test
Now is the time for outdoor swimmers to help support both fellow swimmers and our broader community.
A racing mishap aged 11 madeHeidi Stenhouse of Wimborne, Dorset, the outdoor swimmer she is today