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Bring the joy of clean water Join team WaterAid to make a difference to your own life and others. Enjoy the water and raise some money to help bring clean water to people around the globe. Swim Secure's Open Water Safety Guide If you are a first timer the transition from pool to open water can be a daunting one, but with some simple safety steps the delights of the great outdoors are closer than you think. Fall in love with swimming Even if you’ve never swum before, it’s never too late to start. The nature of swimming means that you can vary your pace to make workouts as strenuous or relaxing as you want How Is Open Water Swimming Different From The Pool? To give you a base understanding of how open water swimming differs to your local pool, we’ve pulled the below guide together for you Eddie Stobart honours sisters’ memories Jeanette, a retired special needs teacher from Accrington, has decided to take part in this year’s Great Manchester Swim on Saturday 4 July to raise money on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support. Instagram Christmas Competition We want to see your favourite swimming photos! A GREAT YEAR: IN MANCHESTER Great Manchester Swim Experience A GREAT YEAR: IN SCOTLAND After having done three swims I was finally starting to feel more comfortable with them and actually looked forward to this one up in Loch Lomond. A GREAT YEAR: IN SCOTLAND Great Scottish Swim Experience A GREAT YEAR: IN IPSWICH Great East Swim Experience A GREAT YEAR: IN WINDERMERE Great North Swim Experience Swim Safe Code Calling all open water swimmers: it is important you see the boats around you but it is even more important they see you! MacMillan Cancer Support Nicki Menin had always enjoyed swimming and wanted a challenge that would really push her to her limits so in 2012 she signed up for the Great North Swim to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support 50 CHALLENGES BEFORE 50 It might make for a good movie title, but 50 challenges before 50 is a very real adventure for Jackie Wade, who is taking part in this year’s Great North Swim JUST STARTING OUT So you've decided to get fit by swimming. Here are a few tips to help you on your swim journey WHY SWIM? Swimming is the complete fitness solution. OPEN WATER SWIMMING To get started with open water swimming in the UK, find out about local swimming spots, look online in guide books to help you on your way. TRAINING TIPS We want you to fully enjoy your training and, if you are building up to an event, prepare you for your big day in the best way possible. WHAT TO WEAR? It's important that you wear the right gear for outdoor swimming. Keep reading to find out more. FUEL This section will arm you with the information you need to combine healthy eating and drinking with your training. MAKING A SPLASH ON HER BIRTHDAY Whether you’re 60 or 16, every now and then we all need a push in the right direction. This summer Sheila Collins will have her sister to thank when she stands in the centre of Manchester in a wetsuit before diving into Salford Quay. SWIMMING AFTER HIGH TIBIAL OSTEOTOMIES When the alarm rings and you struggle to move out from beneath the duvet, do you think of the snooze button or the laps you’re about to do in the pool? SWIMMING SCARED? NOT ANY MORE! On Saturday 19 July more than 2,000 people will be heading to the North West to participate in the seventh staging of the Great Manchester Swim. Training Blog: Get fit by swimming in January It's cold and it's damp outside, so why on earth would you want to get undressed and jump into water? Well, it's not that dramatic, it is indoors and this is the best times of the year to get into swimming. A GREAT YEAR: IN MANCHESTER At the end of the last blog after the Great North 10K I was quite excited about heading off to Ibiza for a few days Training Blog: Winter Swimming If you think that ice and water and swimming costumes go together like some kind of strange dream, then look no further than Ilkley Lido in Yorkshire. Training Blog: To Great Lengths (Goggles) The diary of a novice open water swimmer. Goggles and the different options. Training Blog: To Great Lengths (Lesson 2) The diary of a novice open water swimmer. Lesson 2. Training Blog: To Great Lengths (Lesson 1) The diary of a novice open water swimmer Getting started - with former Olympic medallist Cassie Patten Getting started in open water can sometimes seem slightly daunting and a little overwhelming at times, but once you are over that initial little bump the pleasure you get from donning your wetsuit and going for a wild swim is huge. Training Blog: To Great Lengths (Part 2) The diary of a novice open water swimmer training for the Great North Swim - Fiona Walker Training Blog: To Great Lengths (Part 1) The diary of a novice open water swimmer. Fiona prepares for the Great North Swim. Documenting her journey from start to finish. To great lengths.