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Take the plunge!

Anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors will notice seasonal changes sooner than others – outdoor swimmers are no different. I think it’s something to do with being at nose level to the earth while in the water. Like incoming rain after a spell of hot weather, I can almost smell the cooler air and the change in the plant life cycle.

I see spring and autumn as the beautiful bookends to busy summer swimming. While anyone can see the appeal of a cool dip during a UK heatwave, fewer people find the nerve to sink into water later in the year. As the sun is on

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