The Bantham Swoosh
The Bantham Swoosh
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Dart10k 2016
Dart10k 2016
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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 >
Lady of the Lake: rising popularity in swimming creativity
Lady of the Lake: rising popularity in swimming creativity
Vivienne Rickman-Poole has three solo exhibitions on at the moment and we talk to her about why she thinks her work is so popular at the moment. When did you start creating work about swimming? Having always been very experimental with my photography it ......  More >
How to have a holiday adventure in the UK: Lakeland Tarns
How to have a holiday adventure in the UK: Lakeland Tarns
The UK is full of unexplored water. In the Guardian OSS founder Kate Rew nominates the tarns of Cumbria as a destination for a UK based adventure "There was a 10-year span where I stayed in the UK and centred my adventures on swimming – despite the ......  More >
Find us on Instagram
Find us on Instagram
    Jump in and  join us on Instagram!    We’re recently joined the photo and video sharing community.    @theoutdoorswimmingsociety Hashtag your photos #outdoorswimmingsociety, #theOSS or tag us @theou......  More >
Before the winter's dawn
Before the winter's dawn
More people are swimming through winter than ever before. Blogger Naomi Jane from WildSwimDiaries writes about swimming in the cold and dark Swimming at dark in England is something I’ve done very little of, and when I have it’s always been du......  More >
Best Books for Swimmers this Christmas
Best Books for Swimmers this Christmas
If the swimmer in your life's neoprene booties are hung expectantly on fireplaces or bedposts for Santa to fill, it's been a good year for books. Dominick Tyler's Uncommon Ground, an etymological field guide, has a host of wonderful words in it for all k......  More >
35 ways to say it's cold
35 ways to say it's cold
Gelid,  frosty, biting, brumal: you think the Eskimo’s have it all when it comes to talking about cold? Here are a variety of words to describe how your swim may be feeling.  ALGID [al-jid] –adjective. Cold; chilly.  &......  More >
Festive Swims: Do's and Don'ts
Festive Swims: Do's and Don'ts
Festive dips can provide the biggest natural high you will experience all year. Add a shot of endorphins from immersion in freezing water to hilarious fancy dress and the temporary suspension of family duty and consumerism and you may well release a sense ......  More >
My still point
My still point
A striking image appeared on OSS Facebook recently, of a girl in pants wading into brown wind blown waves in Yorkshire – it was one of those images that made you want to be there, to have experienced that too. It sent many of us who saw it to her blo......  More >
Swimming Snowdonia (via sweatshirts)
Swimming Snowdonia (via sweatshirts)
It's not just a swetashirt, it's a statement of kinship...  The full never-wear-civvies-again range of OSS t-shirts and hoodies came into stock this week, and was immediately slapped on to the backs of four happy swimmers in Llanberris. But where, yo......  More >
A brick is for life, not just for Christmas: Saving Saltdean Lido
A brick is for life, not just for Christmas: Saving Saltdean Lido
The Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company have raised £2.8 million so far to save their lido – but need another £70k for an electricity sub-station to power the pools. Here’s how you can help them by buying a brick on their Wall ......  More >
Take an icy dip to support Crisis this Christmas
Take an icy dip to support Crisis this Christmas
OSS Members can enjoy a warm fuzzy feeling while taking a freezing swim by taking part in the Crisis Midwinter Swim series Crisis, the national homelessness charity, is calling for brave fundraisers to make a splash at three events in outdoor pools across......  More >
Kit Review: Towfloats & Drybags
Kit Review: Towfloats & Drybags
Classic tow floats face challenges from new tow float designs. OSS Kit Reviewer Susanne Masters assesses the options Useful piece of kit, helpful addition to visibility and safety - or view-ruining marine litter that gives swimmers a false sense of securi......  More >
Images and words sought for new OSS website
Images and words sought for new OSS website
The OSS has two main missions: to inspire and inform swimming. Photographs are a powerful part of delivering our vision, and Vivienne Rickman Poole is collecting images for use on a new OSS website. Please email her if you have high quality, high resoluti......  More >
Pioneer: 25-27 September
Pioneer: 25-27 September
Pioneer, a brand new festival of films, stories and music inspired by the epic outdoors, will be setting up camp at the Hackney Attic upstairs at the Hackney Picturehouse, London, from Friday 25th September until 27th September.  The result ......  More >
Free copy of H2Open magazine
Free copy of H2Open magazine
Where are you going to go for your outdoor swimming hits now we're entering the season of limited exposure? Open water swimmers magazine H2Open is full of training and nutrition advice, swim holiday and destination suggestions, gear reviews, news and insp......  More >
Big Shake Out: 25-27 September
Big Shake Out: 25-27 September
OSS Supporters, Alpkit, are holding their Big Shake Out Festival at the end of the month, with three days of entertainment and adventure in the Peak District. Join them! As well as music, comedy, climbing and campfires, there are two specific outdoor swimm......  More >
Supermoon swimming - 27th September
Supermoon swimming - 27th September
Of all the full moons in the year, the harvest moon in September is always a favourite. The harvest moon appears larger than many other moons in the year, and moon rise and twilight coincide around 7pm facilitating early evening swims where it's possible t......  More >
Riviera Style
Riviera Style
Arts correspondent Anna Morell reviews Riviera Style, an exhibition of outdoor bathing clothing 'If you're fond of sand dunes, and salty air...' Old Cape Cod wafts lusciously over ice cream colours and the approximation of a lido filling the main exh......  More >
7 tips on planning a long distance river adventure
7 tips on planning a long distance river adventure
Calum Hudson, one of three brothers currently swimming the Eden in Cumbria, gives his 7 tips on a source to sea journey. How do you best plan a long distance river adventure?   First up lets look at the definition of an adventure through the eyes of......  More >
Iceland's best hot pots and pools
Iceland's best hot pots and pools
Iceland is a swimmer’s paradise. Full of volcanically heated water, the country boasts more outdoor pools than the UK, despite having just a fraction of the population. At around 36-40 degrees (against a British 24.5-27.7 degrees C) most pools feel t......  More >
Swimming the Eden: the swimmers route
Swimming the Eden: the swimmers route
On 5th August three brothers set out to swim the 145km length of the River Eden. They are now on their final leg and about to be joined by some OSS Adventure Series swimmers for their final days. Here's their route and rationale "All three of us grew up i......  More >
Poet in the City: Wild Swimming
Poet in the City: Wild Swimming
OSS members are invited to join an evening enjoying the poetry of wilderness, water and wild swimming. As part of the Totally Thames Festival Poet in the City is exploring the rich relationship between poetry and wild swimming on 3rd September, celebratin......  More >
Risk factors of swimming in waterfalls
Risk factors of swimming in waterfalls
Over the weekend two men died whilst swimming in a waterfall on Snowden. Their loss is a tragedy and our thoughts go out to all those who will mourn them.  Shocking incidents like this turn media attention to swimming and OSS member and paramedic Lyn......  More >
5 ways to get by when the surf is flat
5 ways to get by when the surf is flat
Keen surfer? If the flat days leave you, well, flat there is a coastal alternative: swimming. Established in 2006, the Outdoor Swimming Society has engendered a new group of adventurous, pioneering swimmers who are much like surfers of the 60s, out t......  More >
How to swim safely
How to swim safely
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 >
20% off Finisterre's new beach range
20% off Finisterre's new beach range
British surf brand Finisterre have long been on our lush list. Founder Tom Kay is speaking our language when he talks about cold, adventure, shifting tides, solitude; and the commitment needed by water lovers on these shores. So we are delighted to announ......  More >
Swimming with Toddlers
Swimming with Toddlers
Small children often have a passion for cold water unrivalled by anyone other than ice swimmers.  Swimmer Clare Holway passes on tips gleaned from taking her two and three year old outdoor swimming with her A keen swimmer, my main concern about getti......  More >
Swimmers dive into the lido revival
Swimmers dive into the lido revival
"Outdoor swimming, surfing a wave many didn't see coming...": BBC Breakfast News featured OSS swimmers in a piece on the revival of outdoor swimming, and the improvements in the fortunes of lidos around the country.  Watch it Swim it: there are ov......  More >
Moorhen or coot, trench or trout?
Moorhen or coot, trench or trout?
The Canal and River Trust is the body that takes care of all inland waterways in England and Wales. They’ve launched eNatureWatch, an app (free, Apple and Android) to help people get to know the many creatures hanging out in and arou......  More >
"I've been waiting to swim in a pond MY WHOLE LIFE"
"I've been waiting to swim in a pond MY WHOLE LIFE"
Nowhere near London? Join arts correspondent Anna Morell in an immersive review of new King's Cross Pond Club, the latest London swimming sensation King's Cross is a building site. Victorian industry and squalor have been crushed by diggers and girders an......  More >
Art review: Sea Bathers Reflections & Responses
Art review: Sea Bathers Reflections & Responses
On 24th May an art gallery and a tidal pool in Kent were used for an unusual day exploring swimming arts. Susanne Masters reports on Sea Bathers: Reflections and Responses, and the artists at it “I’m quite nervous, it will be my first outdoor ......  More >
13 words for rain
13 words for rain
Drizzle, deluge, trickle, torrent. Flurry, pouring, spitting, showering. Thundering, drizzling, pattering, sprinkling. When artist Viv Rickman went swimming at Llyn Padarn with Oh Comely magazine they tried out all their words for rain, and settled on rai......  More >
Book reviews: Wild Swimming Walks & more
Book reviews: Wild Swimming Walks & more
Anna Morell reviews the latest Wild Guides from Wild Things Publishing: Wild Swimming Walks and Wild Guide Souther & Eastern England Before I moved out of the suburbs and into the home counties, little made my heart leap more than the weekly dip into ......  More >
How to train for a 10k river swim
How to train for a 10k river swim
Calum Hudson - the middle of three brothers swimming the Eden River in Cumbria this summer - shares his 10 alternative training techniques for a 10k river swim On the 8th August three brothers, Jack, Calum and Robbie Hudson, are setting off from He......  More >
Don't touch the artwork - swim in it
Don't touch the artwork - swim in it
As much an art installation as a swimming pond, the new Kings Cross Ponds Club gives swimmers a view of plants and tower cranes. Sefryn Penrose jumps in One of the joys of outdoor swimming is the view from the water – aquatic plants, the water&rsquo......  More >
Just Add Water: Art Exhibition
Just Add Water: Art Exhibition
 A new exhibition in Devon focuses on swimming, with contributions from local artists and swimmers. Anna Morell reports The Hannahs charity provides support for adults with disabilities. Integration and imagination are watchwords, which goes some way......  More >
#30Lakes30Days
#30Lakes30Days
Artist Vivienne Rickman Poole talked about her 30Lakes30Days project - featured on the BBC One Countryfile Spring Special on 3rd May at 6.30pm Every April for the last few years I have taken on the adventure of swimming outdoors every day. It all started ......  More >
Three swimmers, one week and 44 English mainland counties…
Three swimmers, one week and 44 English mainland counties…
In July this year OSS members Queenie Martin, Matt Newbury and Tara Acton are planning on swimming in every county in mainland England over the course of just a week. The ambitious task will see the group swim 44 times and drive around 1900 miles and they ......  More >
Book review: Uncommon Ground By Dominick Tyler
Book review: Uncommon Ground By Dominick Tyler
Uncommon Ground review by Anna Morell A bit of a silent partner on the founding of outdoor swimming as the movement we know, love and are part of today, Dominick Tyler's stunning images formed a big part of Kate Rew's Wild Swim – the book that for m......  More >
Book review: Landmarks by Robert MacFarlane
Book review: Landmarks by Robert MacFarlane
Landmarks by Robert MacFarlane Book Review by Anna Morell A deeply thoughtful narrative on land, water, nature, wild, rewilding and enchantment, Robert MacFarlane's latest book, Landmarks, is interspersed with glossaries of several pages, each divided in......  More >
Book review: Downstream by Caitlin Davies
Book review: Downstream by Caitlin Davies
Downstream A History And Celebration of Swimming the River Thames by Caitlin Davies Book Review by Anna Morell The Thames. That mighty river which, for over 12% of our inhabitants, is just a great divide between North and South London. Something we cross......  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 >

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2016 is the 10th anniversary of the Outdoor Swimming Society and we're celebrating with the launch of a new website, new and improved wild swim map and a swim campaign that every single member of the OSS can join, anywhere in the world, for free.

We hope to delight you with much more inspiration and information about swimming outdoors - so keep your eyes on the sight, and prepare for change.... 

In terms of organised events we are looking forward to two events in 2016: the Dart10k and the Bantham Swoosh. 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, currently pencilled for Saturday and Sunday the 3rd and 4th of July.

The OSS Dart10k is now a two day event, taking place on the 3rd and 4th of September. This year we have a Racing Elite wave, and 1600 Dart10k swimming places in all. For the majority this swim is a journey more than a race - a peaceful, if long swim, that is there to enjoy.  

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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