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Call of the wild: the rise of open water swimming in West Cork

West Cork is perfectly suited to year-round open water swimming, a pursuit which has been on the crest of a wave of popularity in recent years.

Swimming for me was, at first, a medical necessity.

After a back operation in 2001, I was told to take to the water. I was a reluctant water baby, having a slight fear of the sea after a few too many ‘ducking’ incidents in my youth, but needs must, so I took some one-on-one lessons with a very patient instructor and eventually found my sea legs.

Based in Dublin, the east coast held no great attraction for me, so it wasn’t until I moved home and to the stunning south coast that I started to regularly venture out of the pool and into the ocean.

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