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Two things that annoy me are “wild” swimming and the fact that “swimming” is always taken to mean pool swimming. To me it’s all just swimming.

I don’t think the term “wild” swimming is helpful to the cause. How did the age-old natural pleasure of swimming outside become “wild”? I don’t “wild” swim – I just swim and prefer to do that in as pleasant a manner as possible, which means outdoors. I’m sure there are some that like the connotations of adventure, danger and eccentricity that the term “wild” suggests but it doesn’t help to promote swimming as the normal healthy outdoor activity that it always was before we got herded into 25m chlorine baths. I looked up the definition of wild and found “uncontrolled, violent, or extreme” which doesn’t sound anything like the beautiful gliding breaststroke that (I imagine) I employ. Personally I also enjoy walking but don’t have to describe myself as a “wild” or even “open country” walker in case people assume that i spend all my time on a treadmill at the gym. it is the rather unnatural caged activity of “pool” swimming that should have the adverb.

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There is wild swimming and there is really wild swimming. This issue we bring you some pretty extreme swimming from the Arctic Circle. It is thrilling stuff, but if you like your thrills a little more genteel then check out our feature on swimming walks in Devon. Elsewhere in the mag we are feeling pretty zen: breathe deeply and read our features on yoga for open water swimmers and the benefits of mindful swimming. Not all of us are lucky enough to live near the open water. For many, me included, our regular dose of outdoor swimming is from our local lido. We look at the lido revival that is taking place around the country. As well as more event reviews and event listings than ever before we also have tips on better backstroke from Terry Laughlin, how to train with paddles from Fiona Ford and Ed Williams teaches you how to bounce back from failure. Plus, gear reviews, nutrition and loads more!
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