In a New Zealand estuary, I closed my eyes and floated. It turned out the water was toxic | Ingrid Horrocks

In a New Zealand estuary, I closed my eyes and floated. It turned out the water was toxic | Ingrid Horrocks

Ingrid Horrocks learned to swim in the wild – but no river or lake in the region she grew up in is ‘swimmable’ any more

For most of those of us who swim, swimming is not something we think about: it is something we do.

I learned to swim in the sea, as some of us did in Aotearoa New Zealand in the early 1980s, walking down to the beach with my Auckland primary school. One of my earliest memories is of graduating to the “heads under” group and of sucking salt from my hair.

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