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A swimming coach can help you achieve your open water goals, but only if you commit to doing the work, says Dan Bullock
Dan Bullock (Centre) after winning the ASA National Open Water Championships (45-49 years) in 2015

As a coach, I’m often asked: “Can you help me break x minutes for a y distance open water swim?”

The times and the distances vary, but I rarely say “no”. Saying ‘yes’ is easy for me, but are you prepared to uphold your end of the bargain? If yes, then not only can I help you achieve your goals, you may even surpass your own expectations. This is something I have seen on numerous occasions.

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As spring finally arrives, it is time to start planning your summer swims. We have features on wild swimming in Spain and Florida and full event listings for races in the UK and around the world. Plus, we report from Russia and the UK on the final flurry of the season’s cold water swimming competitions. In this issue’s performance zone, as well as all the usual training and nutrition advice, we teach you how to master easy butterfly. This issue we celebrate a true pioneer of the open water: Mercedes Gleitze, the first British woman to swim the English Channel, was an independent working class woman who promoted open water swimming to a new audience.
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