Breaking boundaries: March issue of Outdoor Swimmer out now!

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We are so excited to introduce this month's issue, which celebrates the diversity of the outdoor swimming community around the world.

In recent weeks, wild swimming has been criticised in the UK media as being white, middle class and elitist. In this issue we hear stories from beyond that stereotype, meeting swimmers who are challenging prejudice and encouraging participation in the open water. From Muslim swimmers in Hong Kong to the trans swimmer who finds strength in the water, we are a global and diverse community.

In this issue, we also bring you not one but two magazines! Turn to page 79 for the first issue of SwimRunner, our new magazine section about the exciting sport of swimrun!

Here's a sneak peak at what's in the new issue.

Order the brand new March issue of Outdoor Swimmer magazine directly from us!

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This month we share stories from the global swimming community. We take a dive into the history of the Burkini and ask the question: "Have we lost sight of what swimwear is really for?"

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We also talk to the Black Swimming Association, a new organisation who aim to break down barriers to swimming within the BME community.

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We catch up with Olympic hopeful Alice Dearing about racism in swimming and her preparations for qualifying for Tokyo 2020.

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Olympic silver-medallist Keri-anne Payne returns with her monthly essential pool skills. This month she talks you through her top tips for perfecting your breaststroke technique.

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Plus! All of our usual mix of inspiring stories, swim history, swimming tips, recipes, photography, gear reviews, event reviews and outdoor swimming news!

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Issue 37 April 2020

  • The Vicar of Dipping: Spirituality, connectedness and the instant hit of wild swimming with the Reverend Kate Bottley
  • Swimming to Recovery: How open water swimming helped Simon Harmer recover from losing both his legs in Afghanistan
  • Adventures in Winter Swimming: What happened when Olympian Keri-anne Payne tried cold water swimming?
  • The Return of the Fish Hawk: Swimming and nature
  • How to Swim Faster: Training ideas to pick up your pace

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