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For babs Gray, a meeting with her consultant on her birthday changed her life. But despite being diagnosed with mS, Babs is still an open water swimmer

On 16 December 2015 I celebrated my 49th birthday. A week earlier I had become a grandmother and six weeks previous to that celebrated my husband’s 50th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary. We marked our anniversary with a fantastic holiday in the Red Sea. While Bill dived I took the opportunity to swim, enjoying the wonderful diverse fish and reef life. To the amazement of the rest of the boat I swam all day and in all conditions, from early mornings to wonderful night swims

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About Outdoor Swimmer

We know that most of our readers are fully converted to the joys of swimming outdoors and only venture into indoor, chlorine-filled pools when necessity (or a training schedule) dictates. But it seems that some people haven’t yet discovered our world. They don’t know the thrill of cool water against their skin, the joy of looking up and not seeing a roof but sky and trees. They don’t know how to gauge the temperature of natural water (nice, cool, flippin’ freezing!) or the special properties of river, lake and sea water. When they swim they don’t hear bird song, they hear the aqua aerobics class from the lane next to them. If you know one of these people, please help them by showing them a copy of this magazine. We have lots of inspirational stories and features to help them break out of that chlorine-filled box. What better way to dip into swimming outdoors than wild swimming in our beautiful national parks? Our feature on the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales will guide you to the best swim spots in both parks. Or if you prefer your waters a little warmer, why not head to the Costa Brava, where I explored the coast from the safety of new boat-free areas. We have also been hearing from readers about their epic swims: English Channel, North Channel, round Bermuda and the length of Britain’s longest river. We love reading your inspiring stories, even if your challenges sometimes scare us a little bit... Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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