We are very excited this issue to welcome Keri-anne Payne, Olympic silver medallist and double 10k open water world champion, as our guest coach. She joins Cassie Patten, our regular Olympian contributor, to bring you top training and technique advice to get you fitter and faster in the open water this summer. We also have training session ideas using all four strokes, advice to help you overcome negative thoughts on race day and the ultimate guide to wetsuit care and maintenance. And in our Gear pages this issue we test a full range of open water swimming wetsuits. Here's a sneak preview of what else you can find in the May issue. Order your copy here or save money on the cover price and subscribe now.
A cross-country swimming adventure in the Lake District.
Guest coach Keri-anne Payne helps you master breathing.
Melodie Tyrer observes a wonder of nature from the water – starling murmurations.
Choosing your pain. Ella Foote meets adventurer and ocean swimmer Beth French.
Helen Davis explains how to take control of your negative thoughts on race day.
Our guide to wetsuit fit and maintenance.
As ever we have the most comprehensive UK and international event listings to help you plan your summer swims.
This week's photo of the week is by Gemma Kate Wood of Angela Jones taking a group in the River Wye to shake off the winter blues. Wild swimming good for the body and soul all year round!
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