Photos: Plunging Into Wild Waters

Your summer guide to the thrills and chills of wild swimming.
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Wild swimmer Kate Rew will plunge into just about any body of water that isn't chlorinated. An avid fan of the sport, she has traveled the world seeking the best rivers, lakes, natural pools and coastal waters to swim in.

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Each year, wild swimming grows more and more popular. Communities have sprung up around the world devoted to the sport and dedicated to seeking out the best spots in which to plunge.

The experience of swimming in nature's pools is both exhilarating and meditative. Rew talks of swimmers finding both their "still point" and a renewed lust for life.

So, what are you waiting for? Ditch your local swimming pool and dive into the wild!

A lone tourist swims in Seljavallalaug pool, Iceland. Anna Gorin/Moment RF/Getty