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KIT, GADGETS, NUTRITION PRODUCTS AND BOOKS FOR OPEN WATER SWIMMERS

Swimboat

£400 swimboat.uk

It might not be cheap, but the Swimboat is the Rolls Royce of flotation devices. Each one is handmade to order by a boat builder in Devon, and if you enjoy adventure swims with groups of friends then you will be hard-pushed to find a better designed bit of kit.

The Swimboat is the invention of a group of swimmers who needed a flotation device for long swims that would give good visibility at sea, carry enough equipment for a large number of swimmers and also act as a safety device.

We tested the Swimboat in an estuary on the Dorset coast. Unfortunately the sea was too rough to see how it coped with heavy waves, but in calm water there was minimal drag and once swimming you didn’t feel as though you were pulling a great weight, even when fully laden. The boat is towed on a 10-metre length of floating rope attached to a waist harness; vigorous kickers might need to watch that they don’t get tangled up but we found that despite the weight of kit we were carrying our swimming wasn’t hampered by the boat.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Welcome to the Christmas issue. This month we talk to English Channel record holder Becky Lewis about her seven crossings (and counting!) and to Beth French about her plan to complete the Oceans Seven in one year, despite suffering from ME. Have you ever wanted to swim an Ice Mile? We have expert advice on how to train safely for one of swimming's most extreme challenges. And if you like a bit of trail running with your outdoor swimming, we take an in-depth look at the endurance sport of swimrun. We have inspiring travel features on Italy, Scotland and the French Riviera. And as it's Christmas we have some delicious cake recipes to try! Plus all the usual training advice and sessions, news, interviews, inspirational stories and event listings for 2016.
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