The Bantham Swoosh
The Bantham Swoosh
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Dart10k 2016
Dart10k 2016
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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 >
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 >

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Dart10k 2016 tickets are now on sale! Please jump in and join us

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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