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5 minutes with… A winter lifeguard

Karen Wells is operations manager at the UK's largest unheated, freshwater pool: Tooting Bec Lido in south London. She has been a winter lifeguard for four years.

What is the difference between lifeguarding in the summer as opposed to the winter?

The people that you get here. You don't get ordinary people swimming in the winter when it is frozen over! Whereas in the summer the people that come here don't really understand the role of the staff. You have more of a closer interaction with people during the winter.

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In our fifth anniversary issue we take a look back at the first five years of H2Open magazine as well as looking to the future and asking ,where will swimming take you in 2016? Whatever your level of swimming, there is a challenge out there for you! If that challenge is a winter swimming competition, we have plenty of top tips and expert advice on swimming in icy water. But if the cold doesn’t really do it for you, we have destination reports from sunny Bermuda and the German lakes. In this issue we also profile four young BLDSA swimmers as well as catching up with open water swimming champions Keri-anne Payne and Cassie Patten. Plus all the usual training, technique and nutrition advice and gear reviews. Happy swimming!
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