Open water Swimming: The joys and the myths (No, you won’t be eaten by sharks!)
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This episode is all about open water swimming and host Louise Minchin speaks to Olympic Silver Medallist Keri-anne Payne , Her Spirit Co-founder Mel Berry and Her Spirit community members Gillian and Anna, about:

  • Facing and embracing the fears that open water swimming can bring.
  • Practical, professional tips for beginners and more advanced open water swimmers alike.
  • How to motivate yourself to exercise when work and family demands your time and attention!
  • The positive impacts open water swimming can have on your mental health
  • Training tips for an open swim challenge In Lake Coniston of 5.25 miles this June.

If you fancy joining us for the Sunset Swim Series at open water swim venues across the UK ​​ or the Summer Solstice on the 19th June in Nottingham and Cirencester sign up today.

Thanks to our partners Zoggs and Swim England for your support. 

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