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Open water skills
EXTRA,  FEATURES,  May 2024,  View from the Water

It’s time to start planning your summer of swimming

Brush up on your open water skills and plan ahead now to make the most of summer swimming season, says Simon Griffiths

Despite recent growth in year-round activity, outdoor swimming will always be seasonal. As the weather and water warms up, the amount of kit we need decreases and the distances we can swim increase.

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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.