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The importance of being acclimatised

‘To lose one swimmer may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose 30 looks like carelessness.’ Ok, so they weren’t lost, but they certainly weren’t there. And when I started swimming I definitely wasn’t on my own.

Last night was the first open water training session of the season from Swim For Tri at the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park. Venue of the 2012 Olympic open water marathon and home of the Serpentine Swimming Club, the Serpentine is an iconic swimming spot and an outdoor swimming oasis slap bang in the middle of central London. Swimming there on a summer evening as the sun sets below the bridge is a swimming highlight of my year. But where was everyone?

Thousands cool off at this year's Great East Swim

Around 2,000 swimmers will be cooling down from the heat today by taking part in the Great East Swim.

It's the county's biggest open water swimming event with people from the ages of 8 upwards taking part in the event at Alton Water.

Thousands take on the Great East Swim at Alton Water

Thousands of swimmers zipped up their wet suits and took on the Great East Swim today.

The open water event, now in its eighth year in Suffolk, saw swimmers of all ages and abilities take on a variety of distances at Alton Water near Ipswich.

The crowds were treated to glorious weather, the sun glinting off the calm waters as the swimmers made their way round the course.

What to tell your kids about the dangers of open water swimming

Hoards of sunseekers are set to put their lives in peril in Cambridge’s lakes rivers as temperatures soar this weekend.

With the mercury set to hit 29C on Sunday (June 18) a warning has been issued by the fire service to prevent ‘tombstoning’ - jumping off bridges into rivers - as well as swimming in water-filled chalk pits around the city.

Windermere's Great North Swim second day cancelled

A forecast of very strong gusting winds has forced the cancellation of the second day of a huge open water swimming event.

Thousands of swimmers head to the Lake District each year for the Great North Swim on Windermere.

Participation in open water swimming events will be poignant for Claire

The daughter of a Ponteland woman who died as the result of a private battle with mental illness is taking on this year’s Great North Swim to raise money for, and awareness of, the fund that was set up in her mother’s memory. Sally Allan went missing from her home on Boxing Day in 2015. Her disappearance sparked a huge search, before her body was recovered from water near to Riverside Quay at Tyne Dock West in South Shields on February 3, 2016.

Mum-of-two, Natasha Sarak, from Prestwich, tackling first ever open water swim — in Lake Windermere

A MUM-of-two will be diving into Lake Windermere for a two-mile charity swim in support of her grandad.

Despite having never tried open water swimming before, Natasha Sarak, from Prestwich, will be taking on the challenge on Sunday.

She is raising cash for the Nicky Alliance Day Care Centre in Middleton Road, which is part of Manchester Jewish Community Care.

Would you take the plunge and join an open water swimming club in Suffolk?

Open water swimming is growing in popularity. But as well as being enjoyable, could immersing yourself in cold water in the great outdoors be good for your health? Sheena Grant reports.

“When you swim,” wrote the late, great Roger Deakin in Waterlog, his spellbinding book about wild swimming around Britain, “you feel your body for what it mostly is - water - and it begins to move with the water around it.”

For Roger, whose journey first suggested itself to him as his swam in the moat around his Suffolk home, swimming - especially outdoors - was like returning to a natural state, to experience how it was before you were born, in the safety of the womb.

The former extreme skier who has been crippled by MS but won't let it stop him swimming the Channel

The sea is a chilly 11 degrees, and I’m in a head-to-toe wetsuit. After 30 minutes I can’t feel my feet. 

Mike Dawson, on the other hand – in just a pair of red Speedos – looks unconcerned.

He moves through the water with a kind of ease that I, at 26 and in what I’d consider to be pretty good shape, can only hope to achieve.

You would never know from watching him swim at an impressive pace but, while he may kick every now and then, in essence, he swims using only muscles from the waist up.

Scot takes the plunge on marathon Manhattan swim

A champion endurance athlete is preparing to take on the biggest challenge of his career: swimming around Manhattan Island in New York.

Mark Deans, from Jordanhill in Glasgow, will attempt to swim around the island to raise money for charity.

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