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‘Dad has never given up ... neither will I’

When Caroline Connor battles the tides as she attempts to swim the English Channel next week, one man will be on her mind ... her dad.

Caroline, 46, an admin assistant and first aider at Peebles High School, has been inspired by her dad Raymond Currie to take on the gruelling 22-mile challenge, rasing funds for Parkinson’s UK and Diabetes UK.

SaTH nurse bids to swim length of River Severn

After a knee injury left her walking with a stick and needing stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis, Shropshire nurse Melissa Compton had no choice but to abandon her love of skiing.

Yet determined to stay fit and indulge her love for the outdoors, Melissa discovered a new passion – open water swimming.

Whatever the weather or the temperature of the water, Melissa can be found swimming outdoors in her swimsuit, even if that means using an ice axe to hack through snow and ice to carefully open up waters in which to safely swim.

Thousands take the plunge in Windermere's Great North Swim

DESPITE the wet and windy conditions, thousands of swimmers of all ages and abilities took on the challenge of the John West Great North Swim.

Open water enthusiasts, aged from eight to over 80 dived into the waters of Windermere to take on distances ranging from a beginners 250 meters all the way up to the gruelling 10km ‘marathon’ swim.

Go Swim Loch Lomond

Date: 
Saturday, 7 September, 2019 (All day)

We aim to provide swimmers with exhilarating, challenging, enjoyable, safe and professionally organised events, whatever their age or ability.

We want as many people as possible to come and enjoy the incredible experience of open water swimming, from newbies to racing snakes.

So, whether it’s your first time, or you’re looking for your next adventure, get out of the pool and take the plunge with Go Swim!

New open water swimming event launched on banks of Loch Lomond

Go Swim Loch Lomond takes place in Balloch in September and replaces the Great Scottish Swim, which was cancelled earlier this year.

A new open water swimming extravaganza is launching at Loch Lomond this September.

Experience the joys of sea swimming

SEA swimmers of a certain vintage are being sought to take a dozen dips off Devon.

The county’s Age UK group is diving in to offer those aged 55 and over the joys of open-water swimming in the sea with the support of qualified trainers and lifeguards.

Steyning woman prepares for English Channel swim, 22 years after 50ft fall from Shoreham Flyover

When Steyning’s Sarah Cotton plunged 50ft from the Shoreham Flyover in 1997, she feared would never walk again after breaking ‘nearly everything from the waist down’.

But the 52-year-old former firefighter refused to accept her fate and after three months in hospital, countless hours of rehabilitation and 22 years of dedication she is preparing to swim the English Channel in an extraordinary reversal of fortunes.

Why you should try outdoor swimming this summer (and how to get started)

There is something gloriously life-affirming about swimming outdoors. Maybe it’s the direct connection to nature, or the bracing cold of the water – whatever it is, outdoor swimming is a fantastic way to get fit and make the most of the warmer weather – and you should probably give it a try this summer. 

15 incredible wild swimming spots you can find in Yorkshire

With summer approaching and having already experienced some pretty warm weather, it could be the perfect chance to test out some spectacular ways to cool down.

There is nothing better for the soul than a dip in a beautiful river or an idyllic waterfall plunge pool.

Which is why trying out a spot of wild swimming might be the perfect way to wind down. Wild swimming is taking to natural bodies of water for a dip - whether thats in a lake, pond, river or the ocean.

Nurse Melissa hopes to be in Severnth heaven with record swim

After a knee injury left her walking with a stick and needing stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis, Shropshire nurse Melissa Compton had no choice but to abandon her love of skiing.

Yet determined to stay fit and indulge her love for the outdoors, she discovered a new passion – open water swimming.Whatever the weather or the temperature of the water, Melissa can be found swimming outdoors in her swimsuit.

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