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Epic challenges and everyday adventures

One of the things I most love about being editor of Outdoor Swimmer is the fact that every day I hear inspiring swim stories – both epic challenges and everyday adventures. Our new issue covers adventure big and small – from swimming round the British Isles to dipping every day in December.

40 42 December Dipathon

Always make sure your swim kit bag contains a sledgehammer

We meet adventurer Ross Edgley after his Great British Swim around the British Isles and follow the Dipathon Divas on their icy quest to swim every day in December.

46 50 Tonic Of The Sea

Katie Maggs discusses the mental health benefits of outdoor swimming

Simon Murie explores the geographical, political and mythological motivations of his swims and we speak with Katie Maggs about our relationship with the natural world and the restorative powers of sea swimming.

32 37 Anna Mc Nuff

Adventurer Anna McNuff

We swim with adventure queen Anna McNuff; explore the special swimming relationship between sisters; and join urban mermaid Lindesy Cole on her swim of the river Thames.

82 87 Gift Guide

Treat the outdoor swimmer in your life to our pick of the best swimming gifts

Plus, our usual mix of training features, swimming destinations and inspiring stories – as well as worldwide event listings and a Christmas gift guide.

The December issue goes on sale in WH Smiths tomorrow or save a trip to the shops and buy your copy directly from us now.

Swim Wild and Free,


This week’s photo of the week is by Tim Charody of Nicolas Defillion and the crew of the sailing vessel Infinity enjoying Greenland’s hot springs after the completion of the Northwest Passage. Coldest swim: -1.7c, hot springs: +35c!

In each issue of the magazine we publish a selection of your images in our Selkie Reader Photo Contest. To be in with a chance of having your photo featured in the magazine and winning outdoor swimming kit and apparel from Selkie Swim Co enter your best pics now.

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Jonathan is a year-round skins swimmer with a particular love of very cold water. He has competed in ice swimming competitions around the world. He is a qualified open water coach with a particular love of introducing new swimmers to the open water.