Jamie took on the role of Volunteer Manager in 2012 to help the society expand and continue its fantastic work, since which time our volunteer team has gone from strength to strength. Jamie currently recruits and looks after the volunteer team, and is always on the look out for more willing people. You can contact Jamie by email.
Anna Morell, previously newsletter editor, rejoined the OSS team in spring 2015 as Arts Correspondent. A sea swimmer, Anna has a poetic appreciation for the feel of swimming, and champions swimming as a form of experience over endurance and athleticism any day.
Loved for her ability to bring verve and brains to any piece of copy, she is as accurate, judicious, and open to any water-related exhibitions, book reviews, wild swim operas etc being sent her way. Please contact her via Facebook.
OSS Adventure Series
Morgan Gibson joined the team in 2015 to lead the OSS Adventure Series project - a series of free swims, by swimmers, for swimmers.
Morgan has swum the length of Windermere, is training for the channel and goes on social swims with her local tri club. She is a swim teacher, and a vegetarian with an interest in recipes for endurance sport.
She is a glaciologist doing a PhD, proof reading students works, and is thinking about setting up a yoga and wild swimming retreat in Cardigan - where she's going to be running the Teifi OSS Adventure Swim on 8th August 2015. If you have an idea for an Adventure Series swim - either a concept you'd like someone else to deliver, or as a host, please get in touch with Morgan via Facebook or email her at OSSadventure@gmail.com.
Nathan is a lawyer and his firm Berwin Leighton Paisner and has been providing legal advice to the Outdoor Swimming Society on a pro bono basis since 2008. Their advice to the OSS covers many issues including access rights for swimmers, intellectual property and legal liability issues.
Swimming outdoors is potentially a risky business and so we are profoundly thankful to BLP for providing the OSS with a framework that allows us to continue to do so with passion, common sense.
As a result of Nathan's loyal support we have been able to operate free 'social swims' under the terms of the Swim Responsibility Statement, make a deposition to the Welsh Assembly on Inland Access, and countless other smaller victories along the way.
Whenever he can escape his desk, Nathan heads for the water. His favourite swimming holes are London Fields Lido and St. Ives bay in Cornwall. He is always on the lookout for new and fun swimming challenges and has particularly enjoyed swimming the Solent and Hellespont.
Expert Advisor: Cold Water
Have a question about cold water or the effect of swimming on your body? Pose it to the OSS Expert Adviser, Dr Mark Harper who will answer member queries on the website. Dr Mark Harper is a consultant anaesthetist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals who, accidentally and via quite unrelated routes, has developed an interest in the negative effects of getting cold during surgical operations and the positive effects of cold water swimming. He therefore spends much of his professional life researching ways to keep patients warm and his personal life enjoying swimming in a cold sea. Send your questions to Mark here.
Susanne Masters joined the OSS team as Kit Reviewer in 2013 and has since shown tireless dedication to testing out any and all kit relevant to swimmers, such as underwater cameras, goggles and changing robes. If you have some kit you'd like us to review - please get in touch with her.
Susanne is an ethnobotanist who writes about plants,people and places, and is doing PhD research on wild orchids in Turkey. She grew up spending childhood summers swimming in Swiss lakes and now swims all year round without a wetsuit - cooling off after a hot day researching in Turkey, or perking up after a day at the desk in England by getting in the sea.
OSS Merchandise Manager
Anna joined the OSS in November 2012 and took over running all the OSS merchandise. She is responsible for all the ordering, looking after the shop and picking and packing etc. "If there are any items you would like to see in the shop or you have any ideas please let me know I would love to hear from you!". Contact Anna here.
OSS INLAND ACCESS OFFICER
Greater Inland Access is a key objective of the OSS: through both changes in the law, to establish greater rights to wild swimming, and the establishment of inland beaches, as seen across Europe.
Robert became interested in trying to increase outdoor swimming facilities in Britain after experiencing the plentiful swimming lakes in countries such as Germany, France and Switzerland.
Rob works as a Chartered Architectural Technologist for Derby City Council, and lives with his wife on a steel cabin cruiser they are slowly renovating, which is moored at a marina on the River Trent.
He is now working with several councils in the East Midlands to try to set up inland bathing beaches in local lakes, and is interested in sharing his increasing knowledge in these matters with any other OSS members wanting to pursue this goal in their area who can contact him via Facebook or email him.
Kelly is an unsung hero of the OSS, and has been managing the many, day-to-day email requests for information or advice that we get since 2012. In 2015 she took on project managing the move to a new website.
Kelly started off as a pool swimmer growing up, but converted to outdoor swimming after taking part in the Great North Swim. '"I haven't looked back! and particularly enjoy swimming in the Serpentine during the summer. My chief love of the OSS is the fantastic network of people constantly suggesting new swim spots. I wanted to volunteer with the OSS as it seemed a great way of helping to encourage others to get out of the chlorinated water and get swimming in the great outdoors!'
So the next time you send an email, be nice! and say 'hi' to Kelly.
Joint Leader & OSS Thames Group - OSS Inland Access Group
Chris broke free from the confines of the swimming pool on a beautiful June evening in 2010 when he went on an OSS Full Moon swim in the Nene. Since then he has been more often spotted splashing his way down the Thames than up and down a pool. He is currently working with the Canal and River Trust in an attempt to secure greater access to their waterways.