Scared of being average … Despite threadbare training and scanty preparation, adventurer Sean Conway became the first person to swim the length of Britain. Aspire swimming e-news 

The benefits of open water swimming … from stress relief to a better sex life, outdoor swimming brings ‘innumerable’ rewardsAspire swimming e-news


Swimming features for magazines

Swim, run, repeat … dodging monsters is just one of the many tough challenges facing competitors tackling one of Britain’s first Swimrun races – in Loch Ness. Outdoor Fitness

Unfinished business … two determined swimmers are tackling cold water extremes to inspire others and bring about change. Outdoor Fitness

Garden of Eden … three brothers survived rapids, waterfalls and murky bogs in becoming the first to swim the full length of England’s ninth longest river. Swimming Times

Pool passion … Haringey Aquatics has overcome pool closures and slumping membership to become a community beacon in one of Europe’s most deprived areas.Swimming Times

Three unique lakes … a novel race in rural Essex combines open water swimming in three lakes with running in between.  Swimming Times

Bold as brass … swingeing cuts by Birmingham City Council have forced Boldmere Swimming Club to take drastic but enterprising action to keep their pool open. Swimming Times

Oh Rio Rio … A swimmer at the Rio Olympics is the stand-out target at Swim Swansea. With a difficult transformation now in the past and a medal bag that is beginning to bulge, the club is well on the way to achieving its goal. Swimming Times

Yuletide comes early … Deborah Yule gambled her house on building a swim school in her home town. Now, her pupils ooze enthusiasm. Such is her success that another teaching venture is on the cards. Swimming Times

Eton mess … There’s pummelling and bludgeoning, flailing fists and a baton charge – the first salvos of my open water swim race debut at the Olympic venue, Dorney Lake. Outdoor Fitness

Taking the plunge … open water swimming takes more than a little pluck. Swimming Times

Olympic dream … We’d be dazzled, moved, inspired, Lord Coe promised of the 2012 Games. But has there been a legacy for aquatic sports? Swimming Times

Lakeland epic…A ‘major freeze’ and leaden arms couldn’t stop two resolute swimmers completing a daunting 26.2 miles in Lake Windermere. Outdoor Fitness

Heads we win…Heads of the Valley Swimming Club is part of ambitious regeneration plans for a South Wales community mired in the gloom of 1980s industrial collapse. Swimming Times

Like Phelps or Lochte…the gold medal winning quad at Dumfries Dolphins mirror their swimming club’s togetherness in adversity. Swimming Times

Backing the bid…a thriving swimming club, with its roots in the Gay Games, is at the heart of a campaign to bring the 70-nation event to London. Swimming Times

Skyfall – not one of my best…Stuntwoman Belinda McGinley is the anonymous star of the big and small screen. Swimming Times

Clubbing it…the strains and gains of a thrilling swim camp at Club La Santa in Lanzarote where my very average freestyle is knocked into shape. Swimming Times