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The ASA National Open Water Championships at Rother Valley, near Sheffield, is one of the few events on the open water calendar where you can start with a dive, as the world’s best do at the Olympics. Admi¤edly you have to dive off a rather wobbly pontoon, and you have a good chance of tumbling, inelegantly, into the water when everyone steps into their starting position and the platform dips alarmingly, but it still feels a bit special.

The downside with a dive start is that your face is one of the first things to hit the water. If it’s cold, this can be a bit of a shock. However, the 2016 running of the nationals was blessed with sunshine and warm water.

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In this issue we explore wild swimming in Scandinavia, where the right to roam extends to swimming outdoors – in some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. We also bring you reports from some our favourite events of the summer – more swims for you to add to your bucket list! We hear from Howard James and Sabrina Wiedmer about their record breaking swims – the earliest (and coldest) English Channel crossing and the first woman to cross the Dál Raita Channel, respectively. And if that all sounds a bit too hardcore and serious, Dan Abel shows us how to keep our swimming fun. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.