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BREAKING WAVES

Head for the beach and try sea swimming

TRY IT!

Often more challenging than lakes and rivers, the ocean has a power and grandeur that can make sea swimming both thrilling and challenging. With tides, currents and changeable conditions to contend with, an organised sea swim event or race can be a good way to safely tackle waves and choppy conditions. Here are our top tips for organised sea swimming events.

1 Assess the conditions before you swim. Look at wave height, the regularity of the waves and time between waves. Look how the waves break. Look how choppy the water is. Check the wind direction and strength. Look for rip currents and drift along the shore.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

It's time to get back in the water! With spring finally here read our guide on how to safely enjoy swimming outdoors – plus our top tips on sea swimming. Our Gear section this issue features our choice of training aids to help you tune up your technique so you can make the most of this month's training sessions from coach Fiona Ford on open water skills. We celebrate open water icon Marilyn Bell and the 1954 marathon swim that turned her into a global swimming star. But outdoor swimming isn’t all about massive distances – we also hear about a swim revival in the Czech Republic in memory of a Holocaust survivor and meet the swimmers of Henley Open Water Swimming Club. Plus: full event listings to plan your summer swims, nutrition, injury prevention, event reviews, news, interviews and more of your stunning photography and swim stories.
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