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Swim Safe for Children in open water

The Manchester Evening News reports: Kids can once again join in FREE open water swim safety sessions at Salford Quays this summer.

Around 1,000 children benefited from the classes last summer and this year even more spaces are available.

There’ll be 1,400 free one-hour sessions up for grabs for kids aged seven to 14 – including families, friends and school groups.

And each child that takes part gets a T-shirt, a cap and a keyring to take home too.

It’s all part of Salford Community Leisure’s Swim Safe campaign and classes are held at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre in Salford Quays between July 30 and August 31. More…

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Readers Digest reports: There’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned swimming hole to beat the heat this summer. Here’s where to find the best spots all across the country.

Madison Blue Spring, Florida

This naturally-fed spring lives up to its name: The water is crystal blue and oh-so-inviting. Now a state park, the 25-foot deep swimming hole is located inside a lovely woodland next to the Withlacoochee River in northern Florida. If you’re brave, you can even cave dive into the hole’s underwater caverns.

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Artist's impression of the new lake

Lewisham’s largest green space, Beckenham Place Park, has been awarded £440,000 from Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. The award is part of the mayor of London’s push to make London the world’s first National Park City.

The funding will be used to:

  • plant thousands of new trees
  • support the restoration of the park’s Georgian lake, which will create a new wildlife habitat and be used for open water swimming.

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The Bulletin reports: Wild and wet: Where to find the best natural swimming spots in Belgium. Fans of wild swimming need to head out of the capital to enjoy the pleasure of cool, non-chlorinated water.

Recreation Park De Ster

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Robertville-les-Bains

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Grand Large, Mons
For the first time in many years, swimming will be authorised at the city’s lake this summer. Up to now bathing has been forbidden due to the danger of passing boats and barges. Extensive facilities at the site include a marina, renovated club house and indoor and outdoor pools. Alternatively, one of the best places for freshwater swimming in Hainaut province is Godarville lake at Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont, between Charleroi and La Louvière. Part of the Claire-Fontaines domain and relaxation centre, it offers a range of water sports and is a paradisiacal spot when the sun shines. Both sites are accessible by public transport.

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The Guardian reports: You think it’s cold out? Try going to Tampere, Finland, where temperatures can hit -25C in winter (-5C is considered a warm day). Now hold that thought – and imagine going for a swim in a frozen lake in those conditions. This is what locals in this inland city like to do each day, warming up in a sauna before taking a dip in breathtakingly cold water. Finnish born photographer Markku Lahdesmaki spent some time documenting this magical ritual at one of the lakes near Tampere; producing a short film that captures people of all ages calmly stepping into the hole in the ice. Far too casually in our minds. With winter swimming festivals happening around the world right now, this lot truly are an inspiration. 

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The Outdoor Swimming Society has become the public face of outdoor swimming, working to promote positive attitudes and encourage tolerance. Behind the scenes the Inland Access Group have been working hard to change attitudes and perceptions among those who have the power to grant access to outdoor or wild swimmers.

The first major success was the opening of a public bathing beach at Rutland Water last year. Although it is free to swim here, a massive increase in the use of the car park is not only paying for the lifeguard cover but generating a tidy profit for Anglian Water. Swimming pools and Lidos are as a general rule only kept open by subsidy’s, but the remarkable success of this outdoor swimming attraction will give food for thought among those water authorities with as yet, a less progressive attitude.

The latest success is based on a different model. Although the Beach at Rutland Water has lifeguards, It is possible to open a bathing area without them! Sandwell Council, near Birmingham have opened Swan Pool for wild swimmers to enjoy. The information board pictured above is the result of consultation with the outdoor swimming society among others and is a clear indicator that in Sandwell tolerance is a reality. Members of the outdoor swimming society should be proud of these achievements, and of the work that is being done on their behalf.

Discover how different attitudes are in Switzerland.

Learn how prejudice towards outdoor swimming developed here in the UK.

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The London Evening Standard Reports: “Floating exhibition displays artworks in middle of swimming pond on Hampstead Heath.”

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“Seeing the smiles on the swimmers faces this morning was a great example of the transformative power of art.”

“It was also refreshing to see so many swimmers practicing their treading water techniques as they viewed and explored the floating gallery whilst out on the water… eight works worth more than £20,000 …in the middle of the mixed pond” More…

 

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