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Swims that shaped me: Simon Griffiths

Outdoor Swimmer founder Simon Griffiths shares the swims that have shaped his life over the years, from his childhood swimming galas to his bout of hypothermia during his Windermere challenge

Cheltenham Swimming & Water Polo Club – 1970s

Early morning training sessions and Saturday night coach trips to swimming galas featured prominently in my childhood. The early mornings sometimes caused me to fall asleep at school but I loved being part of a team and I’m still friends with some of the people I swam with (and they are still involved in swimming too).

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I created Outdoor Swimmer in 2011 (initially as H2Open Magazine) as an outlet for my passion for swimming outdoors. I've been a swimmer and outdoor swimmer for as long as I remember. Swimming has made a huge difference to my life and I want to share its joys and benefits with as many people as possible. I am also the author of Swim Wild & Free: A Practical Guide to Swimming Outdoors 365 a Year and I provide one-to-one support to swimmers through Swim Mentoring.