Full Moon Calendar 2015
Full Moon Calendar 2015
Sat 4th Apr 2015  More >
The OSS Bantham Swoosh
The OSS Bantham Swoosh
Sun 5th Jul 2015  More >
Dart10k 2015
Dart10k 2015
Sun 6th Sep 2015  More >
OSS December Dip 2015
OSS December Dip 2015
Sat 12th Dec 2015  More >
OSS Adventure Series: Lampay Island Circumnavigation
OSS Adventure Series: Lampay Island Circumnavigation
"Crystal clear bluewaters, amazing undersea life and seals all make for a fantastic swim and an opportunity to enjoy the wildlife". 2014 Adventure Series swim report:  Lampay Island Circumnavigation, Coral Beach, Isle of Skye.   Type of swim......  More >
OSS Adventure Series: Baggy Point
OSS Adventure Series: Baggy Point
“It’s like sharing a secret – the tunnel is only visible from the sea and few people do it as they don’t know its there!”  2014 Adventure Series swim report: Baggy Point, North Devon   Type of swim: a shor......  More >
OSS Adventure Series: The Slingshot
OSS Adventure Series: The Slingshot
"An autumnal smorgasbord of leafy caves, stunning salty scenery and tidal mayhem".  2014 Adventure Swim Series report: The Slingshot, Bristol Channel Type of swim: A challenging swim through along the Bristol Channel coast, into a natural h......  More >
Hell and High Water: Book review
Hell and High Water: Book review
In 2013 Sean Conway attempted to swim the length of Britain, from John O Groats to Land's End. Arts Correspondent Anna Morell reviews his book of the adventure: Hell and High Water One man, two months, three boats, four crew. A Channel swim a day for two ......  More >
The Great Tow Float For & Against
The Great Tow Float For & Against
Useful piece of kit - or more clutter for your cupboard? Safety device - or false sense of confidence? Tow floats are a new invention, and their usefulness divides people like Marmite. Here are the pros and cons as swimmers see them A towfloat is an infla......  More >
How Cleveland Pools Won the Lottery
How Cleveland Pools Won the Lottery
Last year Cleveland Pools won £4.1 million in lottery funding. Trustee Anne Dunlop shares their winning formula  Ten years ago, in 2005, a handful of community based campaigners living in Bath got together to try to save the Georgian Cleveland ......  More >
Britain Warms To The Freezing Swim
Britain Warms To The Freezing Swim
We all believed the revolution was coming - but who expected it in midwinter? The media have declared open water swimming the trend of 2015, new members are flocking to the OSS, and previously unconverted swimmers are giving winter swimming a go. Any......  More >
How A Former Football Player Survived 16 hours In Open Water
How A Former Football Player Survived 16 hours In Open Water
When a former American football player fell off his boat in the middle of the night and swam 27 miles and 16 hours back to shore, the Washington Post turned to the OSS Cold Water Expert Mark Harper to explain how he survived. Here’s the story. In th......  More >
On Skinny Dipping
On Skinny Dipping
Set yourself free... Swimmer, blogger and OSS team member Lynne Roper writes a think piece about how swimming naked can be a liberation from the commercialisation and sexualisation of our culture, and how skinny dipping should be seen for what it is: not t......  More >
The Story Of Stickle Tarn
The Story Of Stickle Tarn
Stickle Tarn, a tarn with a little following of outdoor swimmers, was put up for sale this year – and a collective of outdoor swimmers looked set to buy it. Kate Rew tells the story of the the sale and why swimmers now want it stopped Set in the han......  More >
Blue Hue: Year Round Naked Swimming in Snowdonia
Blue Hue: Year Round Naked Swimming in Snowdonia
Film entered for BMC Adventure Film category is an inspiring elevating five minutes - and possibly the most moving swimming film any of us have seen? Share it to give the artist Natasha Brooks the 'people's vote' Natasha Brooks is a general water enthusia......  More >
Thames Bath to Conquer Urban Waterways
Thames Bath to Conquer Urban Waterways
Thames Bath is an ambitious project to build a floating swimming pool on the banks of the Thames, and will start crowd-funding in March. Chris Romer Lee, the project director, updates swimmers on how plans and how to support it We last updated the OSS on ......  More >
Swim the Eden
Swim the Eden
Three brothers, Robbie, Calum and Jack Hudson, are planning to become the first people to swim the entire 145km length of the River Eden in Cumbria this summer. They will start on August 8th 2015 at Hellgill and swim all the way to the Solwa......  More >
End of summer lido road trip
End of summer lido road trip
Some experiences in life are a portal to the past, an opportunity to see the shimmer of lives already lived reflected back at us. Swimming outside must surely be one such experience, and not only when we swim in wild, natural ageless places. An outdoor sw......  More >
The hottest and coolest swimming holidays this winter
The hottest and coolest swimming holidays this winter
At this time of year, outdoor water in the UK is turning decidedly nippy. Those who like to combine swimming with travel have two choices. The more stoical response is to acclimatise to the cold and embrace its invigorating effects - either within these s......  More >
Bosphorus essentials: what to wear on an intercontinental race
Bosphorus essentials: what to wear on an intercontinental race
Dolphin watching in the heart of a major city, catching the ferry to Asia for fish and raki, walking from a medieval castle to Albanian wooden mansions and Ottoman palaces are some Istanbul delights on the Bosphorus’ shores. While the Bosphorus strai......  More >
Swimmer stars in Elbow's Real Life (Angel) video
Swimmer stars in Elbow's Real Life (Angel) video
Vivienne Rickman Poole is an obsessive cold water swimmer, artist and photographer who has been contributing her images to the Outdoor Swimming Society newsletters for a while. Generally found quietly swimming her way through the llyns of Snowdonia (on ong......  More >
Let's All Go Down The Strand (Lido)!
Let's All Go Down The Strand (Lido)!
Catch a DFL train to the coast (the 'Down From London' crowds, as seaside locals call them), and you could be forgiven for burying your nose in your freesheets as you pass through the Medway Towns. But you would be missing a secret swimming trick. For at ......  More >
Wild swimming and creativity: Dip Shropshire
Wild swimming and creativity: Dip Shropshire
A month or so ago Lynne Roper reviewed Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands by Andrew Fusek Peters for the OSS. The book chronicles Andrew's recovery from severe depression through a year of dips in the Shropshire/Welsh borderlands......  More >
Swimming holidays - the good, the bad, & the quirky
Swimming holidays - the good, the bad, & the quirky
by Jonathan Knott Buying Kate Rew's Wild Swim five years ago may have been the best £13 I ever spent. I had recently started working in an office job in London, and restarted swimming regularly for the first time since I was a child. I doubt that th......  More >
Blooming Jellyfish
Blooming Jellyfish
This summer’s heat has brought swarms of jellyfish and alarmist news headlines about them to UK shores and newspapers. In online swimming forums photos of stings from jellyfish encounters are appearing. Susanne Masters OSS kit reviewer, also an Ethno......  More >
The Swimming Granny
The Swimming Granny
Film review, by Anna Morell A life spent on small islands is a life spent with water. Minutes measured in drips and drops. Hours measured in strokes and splashes. Days lost in waves and wonder. Maria has swum every day for the past 48 of her 90 years in t......  More >
Best Swimming Blogs
Best Swimming Blogs
Swimming blogs are proliferating, and the range of watery blogs out there is a true reflection of the diversity of types of outdoor swimmers. Bloggers swim in all kinds of places: there are founts of knowledge and experience on cold water endurance swimmin......  More >
OSS and Anglian Water Open Rutland Water Inland Bathing Beach
OSS and Anglian Water Open Rutland Water Inland Bathing Beach
Anglian Water Authority has just become the first water authority in England and Wales to open up a family friendly swimming area in a reservoir. Lynne Roper reports Rob Aspey, OSS Inland Access Officer, first approached Anglian Water in January 2010 with......  More >
Water deaths in the media: countering misinformation & hysteria
Water deaths in the media: countering misinformation & hysteria
 A few months ago Lynne Roper - paramedic, swimmer and blogger - stepped in as acting OSS Press Officer. Here she tells the story of some of the hysteria and misinformation that she has encountered during her first few weeks, and messages that she thi......  More >
Kit review: Underwater photography
Kit review: Underwater photography
Want to take photos while swimming? Smartphones, compact cameras, Single Lens Reflexes (SLRs), and GoPros can all be accommodated within waterproof housing. Susanne Masters weighs up the options. "To me, a waterproof compact camera is still the best option......  More >
My children grew up swimming in the wild lakes of Sweden
My children grew up swimming in the wild lakes of Sweden
The idea of wild swimming seems a bit odd in the Swedish context. Everyone goes wild swimming. That is more or less what swimming is. Jane Greene Pettersson reflects on bringing her own children up in this culture My children grew up swimming in the wild ......  More >
Mapping the River Trent
The River Trent is one of the longest rivers in England, and this summer a group of swimmers, led by pioneers Sarah Lewis and Chris Ensor, are reaching the final stages of an 185 mile journey from source to sea. Here Jane Greene Pettersson talks to Sarah a......  More >
Swimming with seals in the Outer Hebrides
Swimming with seals in the Outer Hebrides
Experienced swimmer, hill walker and eco-writer Ann Palmer has been swimming with seals since she moved to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides 12 years ago. She is a lone 69 year old swimmer who swims year-round at the same beach. Here she tells the st......  More >
Book review: Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands
Book review: Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands
Lynne Roper reviews Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands by Andrew Fusek Peters This dream of a book communes with my wild swimmer's soul. Andrew Fusek Peters is a writer and long-time wild swimmer. Recently, clinical depression left him hospitalised......  More >
Remembering JJ: the Wildness and Joy of Jonathan Joyce
Remembering JJ: the Wildness and Joy of Jonathan Joyce
One short year ago yesterday, on 15th June 2013, Jonathan 'JJ' Joyce died suddenly. Many people hold him dear in their hearts, and the OSS and wild swimming community especially in Devon and Cornwall owe much to him, not least his creation of the OSS wild......  More >
East London Swimmers
East London Swimmers
The London Fields Lido sits in the corner of one of East London's most popular areas of grassland. Daily at this outdoor pool a cross-section of East London life come together to take part in something that is part hobby, part- activity and part ritual. In......  More >
The Swimmers' Manifesto
The Swimmers' Manifesto
Artist Amy Sharrock talks about her upcoming work, The Swimmers' Manifesto, at Somerset House "Why do we swim? Some of us have a life-long relationship with swimming - this could be a life-changing experience of recovery, and a return to fitness. It might......  More >
The Landreader Project
Many words for landscape features are falling into obscurity, some endure only by haunting place-names and old maps. The Landreader Project by photographer and writer Dominick Tyler is seeking to reverse this loss by cataloguing and preserving landscape w......  More >
Book review: River Suite
Book review: River Suite
Book Review: River Suite by Roselle Angwin, with photos by Vikky Minette As a wild swimmer and writer I find endless inspiration in wild places and wild water. Reading the poetic interpretations of others, however, is a wonderful way of gaining a differen......  More >
Be a friend to Penzance's Jubilee Pool
Be a friend to Penzance's Jubilee Pool
The Friends of Penzance's Jubilee Pool desperately need real, practical support if this wonderful local amenity, tourist destination and heritage pool is to survive. As the love of lidos undergoes a bit of a national renaissance, Penzance's lido is curren......  More >
Swimming pools in the River Thames
Swimming pools in the River Thames
Just last week, Time Out magazine published a list of 62 things you'll never hear a Londoner say. Number 46 was "46. It's a scorcher out there - fancy a refreshing dip in the Thames?" But Time Out would be wrong. Studio Octopi is trying to launch a 'Thame......  More >
Liberated & Lost
Liberated & Lost
Welsh swimmer and photographer Vivienne Rickman-Poole has an exhibition opening next month at Bodelwyddan Castle, Near Rhyl. 'Liberated and Lost' documents her swims both inland and along the North Wales coast and this series of portraits explore her abso......  More >
Downstream: a social history of the Thames
Downstream: a social history of the Thames
Londoner CAITLIN DAVIES is a writer, teacher, journalist, and fair-weather swimmer who has just written 'Downstream'. a social history of swimming on the Thames. Here, she talks about her new book. Have you ever swum in the River Thames? My firs......  More >
Book review: Open Water Swimming Manual
Book Review: Open Water Swimming Manual: An Expert's Survival Guide for Triathletes and Open Water Swimmers by Lynne Cox  Lynne Cox has had a long career in extreme open water swimming. She broke the English Channel record, for men or women, aged jus......  More >
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 >

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We are looking forward to four events this year - the Dart10k 2015, new swim the Bantham Swoosh, The December Dip and an autumn swim that we'll tell you more of later. Plus a smattering of beautiful and daring swims across the year with the OSS Adventure Series.

The Bantham Swoosh is the next on the calendar, on Sunday 5th July, and tickets will go on sale in early April. 

This year, for the first time, the OSS Dart10k is a two day event, on 5 and 6th of September 2015. This year we have a new 10 mile course, a Racing Elite wave on the Saturday, and 1600 Dart10k swimming places in all. Saturday is sold out, but there are still a handful of places left on the Sunday. For the majority this swim is a journey more than a race - a peaceful, if long swim, that is there to enjoy. (No feeling of being in a hectic human soup). 

Following a successful launch of a new OSS Adventure Series in 2014, this series is being expanded to a bi annual event for the outdoor community. The Adventure Series is a series of free swims by swimmers, for swimmers, designed to take people places they've never been before.

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? 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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