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ESCAPE THE POOL

Moving from the pool to swimming outside can be daunting. Our brief guide will help you take the plunge.

POOL TO OPEN WATER

In life, “treading water” is a euphemism for failing to make progress but for swimming outside, it’s a useful skill to master. It allows you to wait for your friends and lifts your head out of the water so you can take in your surroundings or adjust your goggles. If you can learn to tread water without using your hands, you’ll free them up for waving to your friends or taking pictures.

The good thing is, you can practise treading water in the deep end of a pool. It’s worth doing. Try using a gentle side-to-side sculling motion with your hands and an alternating egg-beater type motion with your legs.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Swimming challenges come in all shapes and sizes. In the pages of this issue we hear from swimmers from around the world who have pushed their boundaries to achieve remarkable things. From recovering alcoholic Paul Parrish’s inspiring English Channel swim to the Muslim Swim Sisters competing in their first open water race, outdoor swimmers make up a broad and accepting community. Whether you are training for a marathon swim or for your first one-mile event – or if you just love the freedom of swimming outdoors – this issue has inspiring stories, training advice and wild swimming recommendations for all kinds of swimmers. Are you feeling lucky? If you find a Golden Ticket inserted in this magazine you are the winner of a changing robe from dryrobe worth £129.99. Good luck! Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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