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Looking forward in swimming is the equivalent of looking at the sky when on land, explains Adam Walker

The Ocean Walker swimming stroke technique was created by Adam Walker, the first British person to swim the Oceans Seven, seven of the toughest ocean swims in the world. Adam ruptured his bicep tendon after swimming the English Channel and was advised not to swim again. Adam didn’t want to stop swimming, and so developed the Ocean Walker stroke. “I became very aware of my body position and how it was moving through the water,” says Adam. “My initial goal was to find a way to carry on swimming by offloading pressure on the shoulders. A gentle elbow push in conjunction with 180 degree hip rotation not only took pressure off, it created more power for less effort. In a matter of weeks I was faster, more efficient and using less energy.” In this new series, Adam will provide you with crucial tips in order to swim fast, efficiently and injury-free. This month, he looks at the importance of head position.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

In this issue we are celebrating the joy of wild swimming. There is more to swimming outdoors than organised events and races; wild swimming gives you space to experience nature, adventure, freedom and creativity. Seas, rivers, lakes, ponds, streams and lochs... look at a map and any blue space is a possibility to swim. As contributor Sam Mould writes in ‘Wayfarer in the Wilderness’, her exploration of wild swimming and landscape: “I feel that I have become dislocated from the natural world, from the wild environment and the inexorable rawness of nature.” Wild swimming goes some way to redress that balance. We hope you enjoy the stories within these pages, whether you like dipping in tarns in the Lake District or swimming across lakes in Switzerland, and get some new ideas for your own wild swimming adventures around the country and the world. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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