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Outdoor Swimmer is an independent magazine produced by swimmers for swimmers. We don’t have the heft of a big publishing company behind us and are fiercely proud that we are able to produce a magazine that every month (hopefully) inspires and motivates your swimming adventures as much as it does our own.

Our March issue is available now – order it directly from us or subscribe today and get your first three issue for just £5. Join the #swimwildandfree movement!

Here’s a sneak preview of what you can find between its pages…

36 41 Gilly Macarthur

Wild days and wild swims in the Lake District with Gilly McArthur, swimming to raise awareness of the importance of exercise for mental health.

32 35 Ponds

“The most unbelievable, life-affirming, existential sense of completely being there, the mental world and physical world are one.” Tom Kearney, Pond swimmer. Meet the characters of the film The Ponds, an unapologetic serenade to outdoor swimming and the beauty of Hampstead Heath.

42 47 Elaine

Isn’t a marathon swim hard enough without towing trees, boats full of people, or swimming while shackled?

58 59 Nutrition March

Recovery cake… a big wedge of tasty loveliness to scoff straight after swimming. Yes, you read it right! Cake!

54 55 Psychology March

Preparing psychologically as well as physically for swimming long distances can help prevent fear of fatigue.

62 65 Grizzly Travel

Grrrr. Swimming in the wake of a grizzly bear.

68 69 Geneva

Plan your summer trips around swims – from Lake Geneva to Dubai.

83 87 Gear March

What’s in our kit bag this month?

Cover March19

This week’s photo of the week is by Simon Willis of his wife Liz before one of their swims in Loch Sunart, Ardnamurchan, Scotland.

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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.