Full Moon Calendar 2015
Full Moon Calendar 2015
Sat 2nd May 2015  More >
The Bantham Swoosh
The 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 >
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 >
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 >

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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.

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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