Full Moon & Solstice Swims 2014
Full Moon & Solstice Swims 2014
Thu 16th Jan 2014  More >
Events Calendar 2014: UK & Ireland
Events Calendar 2014: UK & Ireland
Fri 6th Jun 2014  More >
Dart10k 2014
Dart10k 2014
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Book review: Dr Rip's Essential Beach Book
Book review: Dr Rip's Essential Beach Book
The rip current is the bogeyman of the sea. Most people don't understand rips or what to do when they're in one. Dr Rip's Essential Beach Book: Everything You Need To Know About Surf, Sand and Rips by coastal geomorphologist Dr Rob Brander (named 'Dr Rip' ...  More >
Lido lessons from Iceland
Lido lessons from Iceland
Iceland has more lidos than England - despite being sparsely populated. On a weekend away, historian and swimmer Chris Ayriss meets shower police and swimmers as he looks for the keys to their popularity Iceland is one of the most sparsely populated coun...  More >
Britain's outdoor swimmers: who they are, what they do
Britain's outdoor swimmers: who they are, what they do
Over 1000 people filled in the 2013 OSS survey last year, giving a picture of British outdoor swimmers now: who they are, what they do, and what they want from the Outdoor Swimming Society. To all those who replied, thank you for your time, ideas, thanks&...  More >
Viv Rickman: lakes. 30 days of swimming.
Viv Rickman: lakes. 30 days of swimming.
Last year, Viv Rickman resolved to swim every day for 30 days. In 2014 she plans to start swimming every Llyn in Snowdonia. Here is her story.   To reach Llyn Padarn, a glacial lake in Snowdonia, Viv Rickman slips through her garden gate and pic...  More >
Olga Way: urban pond. Swimming through winter.
Olga Way: urban pond. Swimming through winter.
In 2013, Olga Way swam through winter. Here is her story. For those of you who've never visited the women's pond on Hampstead Heath in north London - and at the very least, that will be half of you - it's hard to describe the magical nature of the place. ...  More >
Sarah Tunnicliffe: sea. Swimming the channel.
Sarah Tunnicliffe: sea. Swimming the channel.
In 2013, Sarah Tunnicliffe swum the channel. She tells her story to Hannah Booth. A couple of years ago, Sarah Tunnicliffe was an enthusiastic sea-dipper, but far from the Channel-crossing outdoor swimmer she is today. "I've always swum in the sea - my fa...  More >
Eyes As Big As Plates
Eyes As Big As Plates
A return to the earth, a blend of figure and ground, the personification of nature: the solitary figures in the Eyes as Big As Plates series made me feel like a card lost from it's pack. A collaboration between Riitta Iknonen (Finland) and Karoline Hjorth...  More >
What happens to your body in cold water?
What happens to your body in cold water?
Medic Mark Harper answers OSS members questions on swimming in cold water.  If you have a question for him, send him an email. Q: What happens to the body when it's immersed in cold water? Mark Harper: if you do not regularly delight in the joy...  More >
Prescription Goggles: Aquasphere
Prescription Goggles: Aquasphere
If you require optical assistance wearing contact lenses under goggles is a risky way of being able to see while swimming. On outdoor swims there is a lot more to see than in swimming pools; perhaps a pool swim is better when not seeing grimy plasters ...  More >
Welsh access - we need YOUR help
Welsh access - we need YOUR help
As a swimmer and proponent of greater access to inland water in Wales last week I attended a meeting about the forthcoming green paper from Welsh Government about broadening access to the countryside - specifically including water.  There are a few t...  More >
Cold swimmers: space blanket, wool blanket - or plastic bag?
Cold swimmers: space blanket, wool blanket - or plastic bag?
In the first of what we hope we will be a long and informative relationship, medic Mark Harper answers questions from open water swimmers about cold water and how their bodies react and adapt to it.  If you have a question, email it to Mark, and you...  More >
Watermarked: be part of the story
Watermarked: be part of the story
WATERMARKED: BE PART OF THE STORY Artists Becca Thomas and Clare Charles won the OSS Creative Grant process last month for their project proposal Watermarked. Watermarked is a sound art project which will archive the personal stories of those for whom swi...  More >
A 4,700 mile Journey Across the USA for a Healthier Happier World
A 4,700 mile Journey Across the USA for a Healthier Happier World
American Rob Greenfield recently cycled 4,700 miles across the USA to spread the message we should use less water. Here he tells his story... Water.  You love it right?  You especially love swimming in it, in the outdoors?  You and me ...  More >
Aquabuddhism: How Swimming Can Quieten The Unruly Mind
Aquabuddhism: How Swimming Can Quieten The Unruly Mind
Words; Patrick Taggart There are many reasons to love wild swimming - the sense of adventure; the joy  of immersing yourself in beautiful watery places; the thrill of getting up close and  personal with nature; the satisfaction of achieving goal...  More >
In memory of Jonathan Joyce: more good days?
In memory of Jonathan Joyce: more good days?
There is much sadness in our hearts, as a result of the loss of an amazing man and swimmer,  Jonathan Joyce (pictured), who left the world far too soon, while swimming in Devon earlier on 15 June 2013.  JJ was a maverick, a free spirit...  More >
Goggles
Goggles
Outdoor swimmers are exposed to underwater sights including illuminated bubbles swimming when through bioluminescent water in the night, and daytime views of trout or sand eels, backdrops of vibrant green plants, sandscapes or rocks underwater. Above the w...  More >
Rutland Water Bathing Beach – Progress Continues
Rutland Water Bathing Beach – Progress Continues
The OSS has been following the creation of the new bathing beach at Rutland Water for some time now, and we recently caught up with Robert Aspley (OSS Inland Access Office) for an update on the progress of the project... Lifeguards & Infrastructure D...  More >
A sad goodbye to a great man
A sad goodbye to a great man
It is with great sadness that we confirm the death of a much loved and treasured member of the swimming and broader community, Jonathan Joyce, this weekend.  Jonathan, 41, was taken from the water during an endurance swim on Saturday and died later...  More >
Footwear for swimmers
Footwear for swimmers
Footwear can protect swimmers' feet from cold, cuts and stings but often at the expense of altering buoyancy and swimming stroke.  In Britain the most painful threat to a swimmer's foot is the excruciating sting of a Weever fish. In warmer climates ...  More >
Float Like A Butterfly: Crossing The English Channel
Float Like A Butterfly: Crossing The English Channel
In September 2013, Sylvain Estadieu will attempt to become the first man and third individual to swim butterfly across the English Channel. We asked him if he'd write a piece for the Outdoor Swimming Society, about his inspiration, motivation and training....  More >
Kit Review: Changing Robes
Kit Review: Changing Robes
Changing robes provide a warmer and more discrete alternative to trying to get changed in public under a towel.With the help of the Seabrook Seals who have been swimming through the winter while they train for their upcoming Channel relays, the OSS tested ...  More >
Going Wild In The West Country
Going Wild In The West Country
If you are heading for the South West this summer, and would like to explore the region’s idyllic swimming holes and secret covers, then you might be interested in the new Wild Guide from the authors of Wild Swimming. Covering Cornwall, Devon, Dors...  More >
Pondlife - Al Alvarez & The Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds
Pondlife - Al Alvarez & The Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds
  For the best part of his life Al Alvarez – poet, critic, novelist, rock-climber and poker player – has swum in the ponds of Hampstead Heath almost daily. In his new book, Pondlife, Alvarez - an athlete in his youth, now in his eigh...  More >
Kit Review: Measuring Water Temperature
Kit Review: Measuring Water Temperature
If you are swimming outdoors and the people watching are in coats, it is a sign you are in chilly territory. The key reason for knowing the temperature of water you have swum in is to demonstrate your prowess. Even non-swimmers are impressed...  More >
Beyond the Beach: The Secret Wild Swims of Torbay
Beyond the Beach: The Secret Wild Swims of Torbay
Torbay – made up of the three seaside towns of Torquay, Paignton, and Brixham in Devon - used to be known as “Queen of the Watering Places”.  Its crystal-clear waters are among the safest and shallowest in the UK, and yet in recent d...  More >
Winter Training: An Insider's Guide to a Smoother, Easier, Happier Swim
Winter Training: An Insider's Guide to a Smoother, Easier, Happier Swim
Whether you have your heart set on the Dart 10K, a channel crossing or a more serene full moon swim, winter can be the perfect time to make peace with your local indoor pool and improve your technique and fitness for more exciting outdoor swimming expediti...  More >
The Pleasures Of Marathon Swimming
The Pleasures Of Marathon Swimming
Got the swimming bug – and wondering whether you’ll swim the Channel? Karen Throsby is a lecturer at Warwick University, and is researching people’s experiences of marathon swimming, including her own. Here she describes why, fa...  More >
Media Intern Opportunities
Media Intern Opportunities
The Outdoor Swimming Society (OSS) is a groundbreaking not for profit organisation that has been a key player in the establishment and explosion of the wild swimming movement since 2006. Using the media (radio, TV and print) and social media the ...  More >
OSS Dart 10K 2012 - The Swim Before the Storm
OSS Dart 10K 2012 - The Swim Before the Storm
Saturday 22nd September saw over 650 brave swimmers taking to the River Dart in Devon for the 3rd annual OSS Dart 10K. Although the weather was fair, the waters were cold and choppy measuring just 14 degrees at Totnes. A few couldn't quite take the cold a...  More >
Calling All Peak District Swimmers!
Calling All Peak District Swimmers!
Photo taken from Wild Swim Map - taken by EV & TV Words below - Kate Rew This month, we're placing a special focus on swims marked on our Wild Swim Map in and around the Peak District. If you've swum in the area, we'd love you to add the location t...  More >
BBC Radio 4: In Praise of the Lido
BBC Radio 4: In Praise of the Lido
In their heyday, Britain's lidos attracted thousands upon thousands of visitors every week. Dreamt up in the 1930s as a "poor man's Riviera" - the rich were going to the South of France for the summer, but on a good day at the Lido, you could almost beli...  More >
Olympic Inspiration: The Next Generation of Wild Swimmers
Olympic Inspiration: The Next Generation of Wild Swimmers
Thanks to Chris Ayriss for the following article. The 2012 summer has been typically British; short blasts of hot sunshine, damp around the edges and a determination on the part of the nation’s swimmers to make the very best of it. When the sun shon...  More >
OSS Book Of The Month: The J. M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society
OSS Book Of The Month: The J. M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society
  It's not often that we feature a work of fiction as our OSS Book of The Month, but if you're heading off on holiday this month, here's one for your beach bag - The J. M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society, the first novel from Barbara J. Zitwer. Th...  More >
We Know Where You Swam Last Summer: The OSS Team Share Their Favourite Swimming Spots...
We Know Where You Swam Last Summer: The OSS Team Share Their Favourite Swimming Spots...
With some glorious summer weather just around the corner (surely...) the OSS team decided to share some of their very favourite wild swimming spots, by recording them on our amazing Wild Swim map. Just click on the link to be taken to the swim's full profi...  More >
OSS Book Of The Month: Caught By The River - A Collection Of Words On Water
OSS Book Of The Month: Caught By The River - A Collection Of Words On Water
This month, we're reading the very first paperback edition of Caught by the River's acclaimed collection of essays on British rivers. Featuring a brand new cover by James Lewis and a new introduction by Charles Rangeley-Wilson, the book includes Irvin...  More >
Dartmoor Lake Becomes Pop Up Lido
Dartmoor Lake Becomes Pop Up Lido
A beauty spot on Dartmoor was turned into a 'pop-up lido' for a group of Devon's hardy wild swimmers - complete with an art installation consisting of a lifeguard's chair, a red flag and a large beach parasol. The chair narrowcasted safety information and...  More >
Wild Swimming Code of Conduct - BBC Radio Wales
Wild Swimming Code of Conduct - BBC Radio Wales
For the next week you can listen again to a wild swimming feature on BBC Radio Wales program Country Focus. In the section, the show's Community Reporter, Huw Jenkins, speaks to Dan Graham of Gone Swimming about the legality of accessing water, and the tru...  More >

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* 31/12/2013: Happy New Year, happy new swimming dreams?

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WILDSWIM.COM Find a swim! Anywhere, anytime... whatever you're looking for, river, tarn, lake or sea, check out wildswim.com to find swims worldwide. From river crossings with crocodiles in Vietnam to waterfalls in Cumbria, wildswim.com is THE place to find great swim locations. You can now also use it to advertise your swim event (club meet, social swim or commercial event for free). Just log in via facebook, add a swim spot, and choose the correct swim category and it will show up on the list of 'Upcoming Swims' and be viewed by thousands of swimmers a day. 

JOIN US! The OSS is the world's biggest collective of wild swimmers. Join us for information and inspiration about wild swimming, river swimming, lake swimming, sea swimming, open water and lidos.

LET'S GO SWIMMING!

  1. Sign up to the OSS newsletter, for free news of every aspect of open water: events, safety, training, art, literature and ecology. Every membership is a vote for greater inland access and more freedom for swimmers.
  2. Join the movement on OSS Facebook to take part in free social swims and talk to the collective.  
  3. See our wild swim map for the best wild swimming, river swimming and lake swimming in the country. 
  4. Buy the book: Wild Swim, by Kate Rew, OSS Founder and 'the force behind Britain's wild swimming movement', is the definitive inspirational guide to wild swimming in the UK with over 300 great wild swims.  
  5. Have fun!

INLAND ACCESS: The OSS is fighting for your right to swim and has an OSS Inland Access Sub Group with regional representatives around the country. To contact them see the team page. See video footage of the OSS giving evidence  at the Welsh Assembly. 

GET INSPIRED: Planning some wild swimming trips in 2013? See films of Kate Rew wild swimming in the Fairy Pools, Thames, Yorkshire, Wordsworth country and around Burgh Island. Also, catch the OSS December Dip on Youtube (2009 and 2008) and our first Breastrokes charity swim (2006).

 



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