Wild in the City! Sneak preview of the January issue of Outdoor Swimmer

Think of wild swimming and the mind conjures up remote Scottish lochs and beautiful secluded bays, yet not all of us are lucky enough to live out in the wilds. In this issue’s urban travel special we explore the outdoor swimming spots of Berlin and follow a swimmer on her marathon swim around New York.

As we near the end of 2019, it is time to start planning your ‘New Year, New Adventures’ with our pick of must-do swims for 2020. Plus, how to plan a sea swim, training aids on test, the fastest way to turn around a buoy, ice swimming, the history of multi-Channel crossings, wildlife, how to reduce sanitary product waste in our seas, swimmers influenced by water to change their lives, swimming in volcanoes…

This issue we also introduce a new feature, Swim Life, about swimmers who have been inspired by water to create products, artworks or to change their life completely. If this is you, get in touch – we would love to share your story.

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30 34 2020 Swim Guide 1

Whether you are a beginner or marathon swimmer, our pick of the best races and swim experiences for 2020

83 87 Gear Guide Jan 2

Paddles, fins, floats and snorkels – what training kit should you be using in the pool?

38 39 Swimterview

How to reduce the amount of waste from our bathrooms that ends up in the sea

56 57 Tides Jan

How to plan a sea swim

40 44 Elaine Jan 1

The history of multi-Channel crossings

58 59 Ice Mile

Ice swimming – your questions answered by our panel of doctors and swimmers

52 53 Kap Jan

Olympic silver medallist continues her technique series – this month, Superman buoy turns

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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.