ANNETTE LEES is a wild swimming enthusiast from childhood. With a university degree in ecology and landscape conservation, she has had a career in tropical forest and reef conservation, travelling and working in South America, Africa and the South Pacific. Annette is now a strategy consultant for her business Alternative Endings. She frequently works on water-quality issues alongside farmers, communities, iwi, conservationists and government. Annette is the author of The Deep Sky Waits on the Outskirts of Town (Reed 1996), and lives in the Waitakere River valley with her family, with easy access to streams, lakes, wetlands and the Tasman Sea. Annette goes swimming a lot.