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Wild swimmers revolt over British Triathlon efforts to prevent people swimming in cold water

Wild swimmers have voiced disquiet at British Triathlon over safety advice warning people not to enter waters below 11 degrees, as they claim the coldness helps improve “mental wellbeing”.

Last year almost half a million people swam in open water venues such as lakes and lidos, with many hobbyists claiming health benefits are among the attractions to immersing themselves in chilled water.

Swimming in colder temperatures can relieve symptoms of depression and improve people’s moods, research by the British Medical Journal Case Reports has found.

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