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TAKE THE PLUNGE WITH A SWIMMING HOLIDAY

The growing range of swimming holiday options includes guided tours, training camps and events – and there are lots of great resources to support a DIY trip. By Jonathan Knott

There is an increasing array of options for making swimming the focus of a well-deserved break. But what exactly is a swimming holiday, and how do you choose the right one? We’ve set out the key options below.

Guided swimming tours

On a guided swimming tour, a specialist company leads guests through a series of open water swims based in a particular part of the world.

The first company to do this was SwimTrek, who kicked off with a week-long trip to the Greek Cyclades islands in 2003. Founder and director Simon Murie says that a tour company can take care of potentially headacheinducing logistics, such as arranging safety boat support and gaining any necessary permissions from the relevant authorities. “We give people the opportunity to swim in locations that aren’t that straightforward to swim in if you’re just doing it by yourself,” he explains.

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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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