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Clare Calder, ladies Captain of Chalkwell redcaps open water swimming Club, on hugs, noops and rehydrating on wine

Six years ago I tried open water swimming to help out a friend who didn’t want to swim in a lake on her own and discovered something that I find challenging and magical, in equal amounts. This year I’ve taken part in events in some amazing locations (some because they are iconic and some because they are just beautiful) and swum in a variety of open waters (murky cow poo river, jellyfish invaded estuary, sparkly turquoise sea, grey dock water). I’ve even caught a teeny fish in my swimming cossie – it didn’t survive but I like to think it died happy pressed against my chest.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Outdoor swimming is not just about sport. It is about being part of a community, about fun and challenge, travel and escape from the day-to-day grind. It is about the thrill of feeling alive. It is being sat at your desk and dreaming of next weekend’s swimming adventure. If you find it hard to keep the thrill going through the dark days of winter, we’ve got 12 ways to help keep you motivated, including six top tips for cold water swimming. If you need something to look forward to, check out our Travel and Events sections for races and holiday destinations for summer 2017. Elsewhere in the magazine we hear from the Wild Swimming Brothers about their trip to Norway to tackle the world’s biggest whirlpools, and the truly inspirational Sarah Thomas talks to us about her mammoth 80-mile swim in Lake Powell. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.
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