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Country diary: Hardy swimmers and brisk walkers await the sun’s arrival
Kit Hill, Tamar Valley: This country park, on the site of a derelict quarry, is full of visitors defying the gloom

Virginia Spiers

20, Jan, 2022 @5:30 AM

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Matt Hancock: the MP who can’t even take a swim without getting into trouble
The politician has been reprimanded – this time by the Serpentine swimming club for taking an illicit dip in the London pond

19, Jan, 2022 @6:30 PM

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All well and good: 10 top healthy retreats in the UK for 2022
Our wellbeing breaks, from chic Richmond to remote Cairngorms, all include some yoga, but add camping, foraging, swimming and even pottery to the mix

Jane Dunford

15, Jan, 2022 @11:00 AM

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A day at the beach: ‘I’ve earned my nickname Sea Bull for good reason’
Rough waters couldn’t slow Lynton Mortensen’s unprecedented attempt to swim around Lord Howe Island but things became interesting when inquisitive Galápagos whaler sharks showed up

As told to Jennifer Johnston

09, Jan, 2022 @4:30 PM

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An underwater concert with pool noodle seats: drippy idea or splashy fun?
British DJ Leon Vynehall’s Floors Of Heaven: Submersive Study sees ambient music pumped into the waters of Sydney’s Boy Charlton pool

Kate Hennessy

07, Jan, 2022 @7:00 PM

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‘Falling face first into a wall of chlorinated water’: a beginner’s guide to inland surfing
Meant to be less intimidating to novices than the open ocean and more consistent for the pros, surfing in a wave pool is not without its perils

Donna Lu

29, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Escape your comfort zone: I love swimming outdoors – so I decided to confront my deep fear of swans
As a child, I saw shock flash in my grandfather’s eyes when he was accosted by a swan. I have been terrified ever since. But I want to find peace with these beautiful birds

Viv Groskop

26, Dec, 2021 @9:00 AM

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‘If I don’t end up in intensive care, it’s a bonus’: the beauty and pain of being the world’s best endurance swimmer
From jellyfish in the Caribbean to hypothermia in the English Channel, swimming hasn’t been easy for Chloë McCardel – but can feel ‘so wild and free’

Stephanie Wood

25, Dec, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Meet the Syncettes: Darwin’s old-school, in-demand synchronised swimming squad
Aged 30 to 66, this team of nine masters swimmers hit their stride when they found their 85-year-old coach

David Hancock

23, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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The best Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year swims around the UK
Break away from the TV and Quality Street with one of these organised dips – either to join hardy participants in the water, or just to cheer them on

Nazia Parveen

20, Dec, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Rinse, don’t wring, and shade dry: how to keep swimwear in great condition
Tempting as it may be to leave swimmers rolled up in a towel at the bottom of your beach bag, they’ll last far longer if you treat them better

Lucianne Tonti

06, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Emma Beddington tries … being a mermaid: ‘I’m more beached seal than beguiling siren’
Being a beautiful watery creature is a challenge if you have no technique or breath control – and can’t hear a word beneath your floral swimming cap

Emma Beddington

06, Dec, 2021 @7:00 AM

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