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Wild Swimming: One of life’s great pleasures

Open water swimming, or wild swimming, is the practise of swimming outside in an open body of water. The activity has trickled back into the mainstream in recent years, with an increasing number of people revelling in the pleasure of a dip in the great outdoors. Search #wildswimming on Instagram and witness a consistent aesthetic; what once was a jump in a lake or ocean has been curated into a bourgeois social media trend. 

OVERCOME YOUR OPEN-WATER SWIMMING FEARS

Ultra triathlete Claire Smith of Brutal Events shares how she battles her fears of the open water when tackling some of the world's toughest events, and how you can too.
My daughter commented the other day that wetsuits smell funny. I said that all mine smell of terror. We laughed, but for me it’s absolutely true; the smell of neoprene is associated with fear.

20 of the world's best places for swimming

From isolated English beaches to plunge pools in the Costa Rican cloud forest. Icy ponds at five-star hotels in the heart of Peru to quiet riverbanks in the Japanese Alps.
These swimming spots are the ultimate escape for those looking for adventure once the months of being unable to hit the road finally come to an end.
Pack a towel, remember to always put safety first and get ready to dive into the world's best places for swimming.

The adventure swimmers

Committed “lake baggers” keep a list of the waters they cross

After hiking 5 miles up the trail to Avalanche Lake in the High Peaks, four people stripped to swimsuits in the wind that kept passersby in down vests and parkas.

It was late August. The early morning air temperature had been somewhere in the mid-30s. The lake sits at 2,885 feet above sea level. 

Why It's Time to Try Swimming in Open Water

And how to dive into the freedom, challenge, and discipline of 'wild swimming.'
Ryan Utsumi, 41, had been drenched in the turquoise blue and calm of southern California pools since he started swimming competitively at age five. “But in 2001, after 15 years of chlorine and coaches on the pool deck, I was done with all that,” he says.

Mileage ace Van Rouwendaal can no longer be fooled by a coach

Many photos of animals hang from the wall in her parents’ house in Eindhoven. Ducks especially. It is a memory of the childhood of swimmer Sharon van Rouwendaal (26) in France. Duck and Ducky were her best friends.

Van Rouwendaal has always been an outsider. The long-distance swimmer became Olympic champion in the 10 kilometers of open water at the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

A beginner’s guide to open-water swimming – everything you need to know

Dive into the world of open-water swimming with our guide to technique, training and kit
Whether you want to complement your running with an exciting form of cross training or you’re preparing for your first triathlon, open-water swimming (OWS) is a brilliant discipline that requires a little technique, a lot of confidence and some essential pieces of kit.

Swimming out of the darkness: How cold-water swimming helps with mental health

Literally and metaphorically, Frog and Jessie are emerging from the fog.

With the closures of the local pools under lockdown, following the black line was no longer an option.

So, the friends began swimming outdoors.

Jessie and Frog have known each other for years, but the early morning open-water swims have drawn them closer.

What’s ‘wild swimming’? The perfect antidote to cabin fever

The water may be cold but the health benefits keep these daring divers coming back.

Marianne Clark, a fitness and endurance coach, is a member of the oldest swimming club in Britain, located in Brighton. “The physical sensation of immersing yourself in cold water is a really life-affirming one,” she says. “I like the frisson of danger that comes with the sea, the fact that the water can be unpredictable. 

13 Reasons to Just Keep Swimming

Butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, and freestyle — no matter how you take to the water, swimming is the perfect workout. It engages your body without murdering your joints. It’s also a killer form of cardio.

Get out your swimsuits, folks. Here are the top 13 benefits of swimming.

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