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H2Open fifth anniversary on its way

Our fifth anniversary issue will be leaving the printer on 1 February 2016 and arriving with subscribers shortly thereafter. The new issue celebrates five years of growth and development in open water swimming as well as the usual mixture of training advice and inspirational stories.

Keri-anne Payne returns from our first issue to star again as our Open Water Hero. The 2008 silver Olympic silver medallist took time out of her busy training schedule to talk to us about her hopes of qualifying for a third Olympics.
We also talk to a couple of swimmers who have been subscribers since Issue 1. One of those, Lisa Williams, was dabbling with short wetsuit swims when she first discovered H2Open. In part inspired by what she read, she has since gone on to swim the English Channel. Another reader, Kevin Goodall, was resolutely a casual open water swimmer, and remains one. He describes himself as a rambler of the swimming world and while he says he isn’t any faster than five years ago, he’s much happier.
Worth reading too are all the comments from contributors to our first issue and their reflections on five years in open water swimming.
On the training front, we take a look at how to swim breaststroke more efficiently with Total Immersion founder Terry Laughlin, Swim for Tri’s Dan Bullock reminds us of the importance of a good warm up – and shows us how to do one – and Triathlon Europe’s Fiona Ford has added a new ‘lunchtime blast’ training session to try if you’re short of time.
For swimming travellers we explore Germany’s lake district and hear from Langdale Chase proprietor and Channel swimmer Thomas Noblett about a fun swim in Bermuda. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a swimming challenge, Deborah Durbin talks us through the highs and lows of trying to swim a mile a day.
H2Open is available in a limited number of WH Smith stores or can be bought from us directly athttps://subscribeme.to/h2openmagazine (select ‘Back Issues’ to buy a single copy).

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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.