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With the weather finally heating up, specialist open water swimming magazine H2open is calling on public bodies and local authorities to change prohibitive messaging around open water swimming and for swimming lessons geared towards open water safety to be made available to children, from a young age.

Open water swimming is becoming increasingly popular in the UK with tens of thousands participating in organised events in lakes, rivers and seas. What was once a niche hobby is now a marketable recreational activity with companies running training camps up and down the country and selling out popular events. As an island nation we are surrounded by water and also fortunate to have breathtakingly beautiful natural swimming pools at our disposal in the form of lakes and rivers but prohibitive ‘Danger: No Swimming’ signs are as effective a barrier to responsible swimmers as gates and electric fences.

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