The Bantham Swoosh 2017
The Bantham Swoosh 2017
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Dart10k 2017
Dart10k 2017
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Dip A Day December Challenge
Dip A Day December Challenge
Swimmer and writer Ella Foote has invented her own Dip A Day December Challenge. Tempted to join her?  "It has been a rough year for many,'" says Ella. "Most people I know have lost a friend, a hero or family. Some of my closest friends are battling ......  More >
My 10 best swims (out of 985)
My 10 best swims (out of 985)
On Friday 11th November, Peter Hancock's 985th day of consecutive swimming in NSW Australia, he shares his top 10 most enjoyable swims Today is my 985th consecutive day of swimming.  You might think that doing the same thing for 985 days, especi......  More >
BBC Scotland Landward's Sarah Mack takes a dip with Calum Maclean
BBC Scotland Landward's Sarah Mack takes a dip with Calum Maclean
By the Monadh Ruadh, The Cairngorms, sits a beautiful lochan. Protected by a steep scree slope on one side, surrounded by ancient forests, a tempting oasis beckons. The water appears a deep green – the brilliance of which is intensified when s......  More >
Peter Hancock's 1000 days of swimming
Peter Hancock's 1000 days of swimming
Matt Bedford reports on one man’s quest to swim every day for 1000 days – a challenge which is set to be completed on 26th November 2016   It’s ten-to-six in the morning and the sun hasn’t even bothered to get up yet. Warbli......  More >
OSS Founder Kate Rew honoured with ISHOF award
OSS Founder Kate Rew honoured with ISHOF award
OSS Founder Kate Rew receives an award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame for contributions to swimming Every year the International Swimming Hall of Fame, based in Fort Laudervale, Florida, gives awards to individuals around the world who have ......  More >
Unspoken Water: A Short Documentary
Unspoken Water: A Short Documentary
Back in Feburary, Sarah Blackie made a short documentary about swimming in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The film was funded by a Kickstarter campaign (with support and donations coming via the OSS FB group among other sources) and features......  More >
The Outdoor Swimmers Library, Part 3- Swimming in short stories
The Outdoor Swimmers Library, Part 3- Swimming in short stories
Peter Hancock brings us Part three of The Outdoor Swimmers Library With a fresh lungful of air, you dive to swim an underwater length of the swimming pool. The first few meters are easy and pleasant. You glide gracefully through the water, following the b......  More >
New swim map poised to take over the world?!
New swim map poised to take over the world?!
Wildswim.com, the worldwide crowd-sourced swim map, is relaunching, with the capacity to capture swims all over the world. Still in beta phase, OSS members are invited to have a play and tell the developers what they think  Is there anywhere to swim ......  More >
Getting disabled children swimming - how Level Water is changing lives
Getting disabled children swimming - how Level Water is changing lives
Level Water, a charity providing swimming lessons for disabled children, partnered with the OSS Dart10k this year, raising a phenomenal £45,000. Here's how they are changing lives  Level Water is a new and fast-growing charity which provides on......  More >
Kari Furre: a Mountain Journal Short
Kari Furre: a Mountain Journal Short
Mountain Journal Shorts are short films based on people with a love of the outdoors. OSS Director and artist Kari Furre features in the latest film, talking about her love of long distance swimming  Kari Furre is a Devon based artist and directo......  More >
The KMF Outdoor Swimming Session
The KMF Outdoor Swimming Session
For the first time, adventure and film festival Kendal Mountain Festival will be hosting a dedicated session for swimmers on Sunday 20th November. Outdoor and open water swimmers are warmly invited to join them   A packed two and a half hours of su......  More >
Kings Cross Pond needs your help!
Kings Cross Pond needs your help!
Imogen Radford, a supporter of Kings Cross pond, updates OSS members on the early closure of it - and what they can do to help keep it open Kings Cross pond is the UK's first ever man-made fresh water public bathing pool. It is outdoors, unheated (with ......  More >
ALPKIT: The Big Shakeout
ALPKIT: The Big Shakeout
In the Peak District on 23-25th September an action packed weekend of adventure and entertainment awaits.  Based at Thornbrige Outdoors, The Big Shakeout offers a daytime programme through the 'School of Adventure', courses to introduce people to n......  More >
The Bristol Channel  2 bites of the cherry
The Bristol Channel – 2 bites of the cherry
"I’m 2 ½ hours into my attempt to cross from Penarth to Clevedon and my enthusiasm has got the better of me. It is August 2015, a flood tide is filling the Bristol Channel whilst a Force 5 North-Easterly is blowing and I fully realise the impl......  More >
Why swim the largest whirlpool in the world?
Why swim the largest whirlpool in the world?
Photo; Beth Harrison In late august the Hudson Brothers became the first people ever to swim across the first and second largest whirlpools in the world, The Moskstraumen and the Saltstraumen in the Norwegian Arctic Circle. Robbie (29) along with ......  More >
In memory of Lynne Rivers Roper; the mermaid that broke the mould
In memory of Lynne Rivers Roper; the mermaid that broke the mould
This week the world had to say goodbye to the inimitable, irreplaceable Lynne Rivers Roper. Ella Foote and her friend Emma write tributes to the mermaid that broke the mould. "There was chocolate for breakfast, amazing words, brilliant photos shared......  More >
Ben Hooper prepares to swim Atlantic - go fund him!
Ben Hooper prepares to swim Atlantic - go fund him!
Atlantic swimmer needs assistance with final two costs of his mission – before 10th August. In November 2016 Ben Hooper, 37 and father of one living in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire will attempt to be the first human in history to swim every single mi......  More >
Waterfalls: risks and hazards
Waterfalls: risks and hazards
What is it that happens to water underneath waterfalls that can cause swimmers to get into trouble? Keen swimmer and ex-paramedic Lynne Roper talks about sieves, syphons, flashy rivers and how bubbles rob swimmers of buoyancy Fatal accidents involving wat......  More >
Summer Diving Boards: Ireland's Top 5
Summer Diving Boards: Ireland's Top 5
There's a sight you will see in Ireland that you won't see elsewhere: diving boards! Authors Maureen McCoy and Paul McCambridge guide us to their top 5 The Irish are known for their welcoming spirit and their love of the outdoors. The tradition of outdoor......  More >
5 best places to swim in Ireland
5 best places to swim in Ireland
Maureen McCoy and Paul McCambridge have recently self-published Wild Swimming: Ireland. Here's they pick five of their favourite Irish swims This island nation is full of contradictions, the Irish; fiercely tribal yet openly welcoming. They will defend th......  More >
OSS Swim Safety Summer Guidelines
OSS Swim Safety Summer Guidelines
Every summer there are tragic deaths in water - some from swimming, some from jumping and diving, and some involving accidents happening on or near water. No activity is free from risk, and swimmers wouldn't want their water free of the variables in nature......  More >
A Wild Patience: Long-Distance Writing at Pells Pool
A Wild Patience: Long-Distance Writing at Pells Pool
 “All good writing is swimming underwater holding your breath.” F Scott Fitzgerald  If you visit Pells Pools in Lewes this season then you are likely to see writer-in-residence Tanya Shadrick knelt at poolside, writing on a serie......  More >
Watermark: Call for Submissions
Watermark: Call for Submissions
New Writing By Lido Lovers And Wild Swimmers In 2017 The Frogmore Press and Pells Pool in Lewes — the oldest freshwater pool in the UK — are publishing an anthology of exceptional new prose and poetry to celebrate the life aquatic. We are l......  More >
Outdoor Swimmers' Library: Marathon Journeys
Outdoor Swimmers' Library: Marathon Journeys
Swimmer Peter Hancock gives us Part two of the The Outdoor Swimmers Library,  Marathon Journeys Stepping out of the water after a long distance swim is just the final step in a series of events that have often taken years to plan. Funding, support te......  More >
Meet Devon's over-50 swimmers
Meet Devon's over-50 swimmers
"You start to feel a bit mortal, but what are you going to do, give in?" Earlier this year Flora ProActive contacted the OSS Press Officer Will Cairns to see if he could source them some over-50 swimmers to take the 21 day Flora Challenge to lower their c......  More >
Wanted: serenades for swimmers
Wanted: serenades for swimmers
Sea shanty band "The Nauti Boys" at the Dart 10k Outdoor Swimmers are a talented lot, and the events team are looking for your suggestions and nominations of artists and groups from within the society that might be willing to perform at the Bantham Swoo......  More >
Swimming the British way, by Caitlin Moran
Swimming the British way, by Caitlin Moran
When Caitlin Moran joined the OSS FB group last year (with the comment she'd heard it was "the friendliest place on the internet) some of us could barely wait to see what she had to say on the subject....  Read on! "You have not seen humanity at it'......  More >
Wild Guide: Wild swims of Wharfedale
Wild Guide: Wild swims of Wharfedale
Daniel Start, author of the new Wild Guide to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, tells about his favourite swimming river – Wharfedale. The River Wharfe is the wild-swimming mecca of Yorkshire. Its wonderful pools, chutes and waterfalls are comp......  More >
Watermark; Cutting Edge Water Research
Watermark; Cutting Edge Water Research
Though more often found in Oxford’s luxurious outdoor Hinskey Pool these days than in the Isis, Mim has always loved a good outdoor swim, and finds it hard to go near a lake, or waves, without a dip.  Her ......  More >
OSS session at Kendal Mountain Festival
OSS session at Kendal Mountain Festival
    Camera's (and train tickets to Kendal) at the ready! We are delighted to announce that the Kendal Mountain Festival is launching and Outdoor Swimming session this year, hosted by the Outdoor Swimming Society and supported by Alpki......  More >
Greenwich Book Festival; May 27-28, 2016
Greenwich Book Festival; May 27-28, 2016
Next Friday and Saturday, May 27-28, the second Greenwich Book Festival (greenwichbookfest.com) pays due to its stunning Thameside setting. OSS favourite authors appearing at the festival’s Old Royal Naval College and National Maritime sites includ......  More >
Marine charity urges public to go plastic-free in June
Marine charity urges public to go plastic-free in June
Ditching single-use items will highlight growing plastic problem in our seas   The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, is asking people to give up single-use plastic during June. The challenge is to say goodbye ......  More >
Calum Maclean's Scottish Temperature Guide
Calum Maclean's Scottish Temperature Guide
Calum Maclean, who lives on Skye in the Outer Hebrides, often gets asked how cold the water is when he's outdoor swimming. He doesn't use a thermometer, but has created a handy Scottish water temperatue guide - which starts at "decent", drops to "no bad"......  More >
The 11 Best Places for City Swimming; Lidos, Natural Pools and Urban Beaches Around the World
The 11 Best Places for City Swimming; Lidos, Natural Pools and Urban Beaches Around the World
Off on a city break this summer? It doesn't rule out some seriously stunning outdoor swimming. Holiday website Travel Republic pick their top 11 best outdoor swimming places in cities around the world   1. Bondi IcebergsSydney, Australia  ......  More >
Exclusive Alpkit offers for OSS members
Exclusive Alpkit offers for OSS members
Buy and save at the same time! Alpkit, supporters of OSS events the Dart10k and the Bantham Swoosh, have put together a few exclusive offers for OSS members. Buy a Lotic wetsuit and you can either receive a free Gourdon drybag rucksack with your wetsuit,......  More >
Swimmer takes up the Diamond Challenge
Swimmer takes up the Diamond Challenge
This year the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) is celebrating its 60th year and is encouraging all ‘to leave your comfort zone behind’ and create their own personal Diamond Award. OSS Director and muse Kari Furre is attempting to do this ......  More >
Outdoor Swimmers' Library: Journeys for Everyone
Outdoor Swimmers' Library: Journeys for Everyone
Swimmer Peter Hancock introduces the The Outdoor Swimmers Library, a new project to list the most inspiring swimming books around. In this section he covers the best swimming memoirs - swimming journeys for everyone In February 2016 I posted a list of swi......  More >
Post-swim marshmallows: the tin can solution
Post-swim marshmallows: the tin can solution
Vivienne Rickman Poole on how to toast marshmallows on the beach On day 8 of my 2016 #30daysofswimming challenge I met up with a ‘virtual’ swimming friend and fellow OSS member Simon and his family for a dip in Llynnau Mymbyr. Having seen the......  More >
Wild Swimming Walks: Dartmoor & South Devon
Wild Swimming Walks: Dartmoor & South Devon
Authors of new book 'Wild Swimming Walks: Dartmoor & South Devon' share two of their favourite walk-swims  Devon is the UK’s wild swimming capital. Where else can you float in a remote moorland lake while the larks sing overhead, or sw......  More >
How To Read Water: Book Review
How To Read Water: Book Review
Lynne Roper reviews Tristan Gooley's new book, "How to Read Water: Clues, Signs and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea" Tristan Gooley of The Natural Navigator fame has written the ultimate enthusiast’s book for anyone who loves water; the applic......  More >
Wild Swimming Spain: An Author's Tale
Wild Swimming Spain: An Author's Tale
John Weller took to the wild roads of Spain last summer to research a new guide, Wild Swimming Spain. Here he shares some of the adventures in the making of the book. In my rear view mirror I catch a glimpse of the world disappearing far below me as I tak......  More >
Best Swims in the World?
Best Swims in the World?
When it comes to worldwide swims, what does your bucket list look like?  Newsweek recently asked OSS founder and Director for hers - here they are on the map. And you can read all about it online.  Seven of the best places in the world for swim......  More >
Ocean's Seven: marathon swimmers hell or heaven?
Ocean's Seven: marathon swimmers hell or heaven?
The Ocean’s Seven is the name given to the toughest seven ocean swims in the world. In August 2014 marathon swimmer Adam Walker finished swimming them all becoming the first British person to complete the feat and only one of two in the world to do i......  More >
Afterglow: Winter Swimming in Snowdonia
Afterglow: Winter Swimming in Snowdonia
On a wintery weekend in January our very own Vivienne Rickman-Poole spent a few days with the team at Eyes and Ears films. 'Afterglow' was released this week, we asked her to tell us about the film. "The documentary is focused on passion, my p......  More >
"It was too light for frogs, so I went for a swim"
"It was too light for frogs, so I went for a swim"
A recent Photo of the Week featured a man having a swim in a waterhole in Australia, prior to a dusk frog survey. Intrigued, we asked Peter Hancock from New South Wales, Australia, to tell us more about his world "Gingham Waterhole is part of a wetlands s......  More >
Eyes as big as plates: the book
Eyes as big as plates: the book
Eyes as Big as Plates is an ongoing collaborative project between the Finnish-Norwegian artist duo Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth. It is currently looking for crowd-funding. We asked them to tell us about the project and the water lovers in it......  More >
58 miles between remote Western Isles
58 miles between remote Western Isles
Is there a swim adventure on your doorstep? Last year Colin Macleod and six other 'everyday' swimmers set out to swim the 'mad and dangerous' 58 miles between remote islands in the Outer Hebrides. And they made it. In 2014, Colin Macleod and six other &ld......  More >
Big Chill Swim
Big Chill Swim
Now in it’s third year, the Big Chill Swim took place at Low Wood Bay in Windermere last weekend. Despite continued Cumbrian storms hampering the set up in the week leading up to the event, the organisers remained determined the event would take plac......  More >
In the footsteps of monks on the Mekhong
In the footsteps of monks on the Mekhong
OSS members swim everywhere – but the Mekong? When this image of a swimmer gliding by a hazy golden sunset in the Mekong River, Laos turned up on FB, swimmers were by turns envious – and fearful.  The Mekong is known for its pollution and......  More >
Sea swimming; What to do if you encounter a seal
Sea swimming; What to do if you encounter a seal
Would you know what to do if you encountered a seal? Here's how to swim with them safely Swimmers at Brixham  in Devon have been regularly coming into contact with seals in so one of them contacted Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust ......  More >
The Crazy Fins! - Finnish Winter Swimming Championships 2016
The Crazy Fins! - Finnish Winter Swimming Championships 2016
Vivienne Rickman-Poole was invited to exhibt and speak at the 2016 Finnish Winter Swimming Championships held at Lake Lohja (Lohjanjärvi) which is a short distance outside Helsinki. She shares with us her experience of swimming in Finland's icy l......  More >
A fin of beauty: making objects from fish skin
A fin of beauty: making objects from fish skin
Artist and OSS Director Kari Furre was led to her profession by a life-long love of outdoor swimming and a fortuitous trip to Iceland. She talks to Jonathon Foyle of the FT about her work in fishskin Some train systematically for their profession. Ot......  More >
A contentment of swimmers - and other collective nouns
A contentment of swimmers - and other collective nouns
One of the oddities of the English language is the multitude of different names given to collections or groups, be they beasts, birds, people or things.  A skulk of foxes, a caravan of camels, a hover of kestresl or a smack of jellyfish... our langua......  More >
Swimming: defined by it's sub tribes
Swimming: defined by it's sub tribes
Outdoor swimming is now a massive tribe with many sub tribes. It's quite difficult to explain to a newbies and outsiders the difference in the way all these tribes see swimming.   The problem has now been overcome, or at least attempted, by idle mind......  More >

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