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Seeing a fish out of water makes it hard to realise it is a fish. Walking the dog early enough for dew to be fresh on the grass around Lake Virginia Water, I saw a huge snake slide across the path. Too big to be one of our native snakes and with a ridge along its back, I realised it was an eel. For eels on a mission a short stretch of damp grass can be a pathway.

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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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Around 50 children drown in Bangladesh every day. Becky Horsbrugh travelled to Sreepur Village north of Dhaka to teach children to swim as part of a drowning prevention programme
Ella Foote meets Victoria Whitworth, author of Swimming with Seals, a memoir about the transformative power of swimming outdoors
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Build endurance and improve your open water skills with these sessions from Fiona Ford
In part three of his series looking at the basics of front crawl technique, Ocean Walker coach and founder Adam Walker explains why driving your arms into the water actually makes you less efficient
Helen Davis looks at how you can ‘control the controllables’ of your race
Here are a three quick and easy recovery dinners from nutritionist Kathy Findlay for when time is short. Fill up, fuel up and prep your muscles ready for your next training session
Mat Hudson, master coach at Total Immersion and head coach at Mediterra International, looks at why you should concentrate on quality as well as quantity
Five swimmers with an inflatable tent, an estate car and a plan to try out as many different Irish swims as possible in three nights. Susanne Masters explores the wild swimming spots of Ireland
Cannons and ruined castles make exploring Scotland’s abandoned tidal pools an eerie experience, says Julia Horton
Lucy Young travelled to Dorset for this friendly, well-organised event
Caroline Hurley and six other swimmers with hearing loss competed in the Love SwimRun Llanberis race
Simon Griffiths revisits an old favourite, Human Race’s Eton Swim at Dorney Lake
Simon Griffiths takes part in the second edition of NOWCA’s Dock 2 Dock in London
It’s a scramble to secure a place in the Brownsea Swim, but well worth the effort says Simon Griffiths
Fiona Weir led the campaign to have ‘No Swimming’ signs replaced at Sparth Reservoir
Jacqui Hargrave’s outdoor swimming journey started with a one-mile swim in Windermere. This summer she will be swimming its 10-mile length