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MAKING A SPLASH

Chris Thompson waited until he moved to Charleston, South Carolina, to enter his first open water race – the Low Country Splash

Four-and-a-half years ago, the London Olympics inspired me to start swimming again.

I’d always had lessons as a child, but got fed up because I couldn’t conquer freestyle. Starting again 25 years later, I spent two years training with Fiona Ford’s squad in Richmond and became quite competent, though I never actually got so far as to enter any races. So when my family and I left London and moved to the hotter and sunnier climes of Charleston, South Carolina, I decided that I really needed to put this right.

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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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