New swim map poised to take over the world?!
New swim map poised to take over the world?!

Date: Tuesday 18th October 2016

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 around there? Where did you swim today? Where do you get in exactly? Is it safe? The new beta version of wildswim.com, the worldwide crowd-sourced swim map, is poised to answer all these questions, wherever in the world that you are. 

'The outdoor and open water swimming community is growing faster than any other sport,' says OSS Director Kate Rew. 'As a community we needed a more advanced map to keep track of  the discoveries swimmers are making on a daily basis.'

Wildswim.com has over a thousand swims on it already, and improved functionality means that it's easier to add photos and descriptions to swim locations that are on the map, manage swims you have previously added to the map, and browse - whether you're looking for a particular swim, or want to find swim spots around an area that you are visiting.

'A key part of the current movement in open water is that swimmers are constantly making discoveries of new places to swim, and designing routes - that don't take long to go from being pioneered, to becoming iconic,' says Rew. 'The new map aims to harness that. A key feature of the new map are 'collections', like Spotify for swimming, where you can group together favourite swims, and browse others.'

'This is really exciting,' says Rew. 'I love writing about and photographing swims as well as finding them, and looking at other people's images and descriptions is my swim porn. This new map enables you to do that in a way that is both useable and beautiful - I can now read all about my friend Viv's favourite Llyns in Snowdonia or share my best swims in Iceland really simply. A lot of us do this kind of sharing on Facebook already, but it's transient - on the map, your discoveries make an indelible record. And the world is richer because of it.' '

'The outdoor and open water swimming community is growing faster than any other sport,' says OSS Director Kate Rew. 'As a community we needed a more advanced map to keep track of  the discoveries swimmers are making on a daily basis.'

'Storm ID have been working on this for the last year and now we want the community to come and check out the beta,' says Rew. 'Some things might not work, some things will be fixed over time, but now we want swimmers to go on to the beta version and have a play to see what they think. Your views are important, please trial it and give feedback via the feedback form and directly to wildswim@stormID.com.' 

On the new map you can: 

  • See new swims as they are added 
  • Browse other peoples collections, featured collections - and make your own
  • Find swims - anywhere in the world
  • Add descriptions and images to yours and other peoples swim information - and add safety information
  • Reclaim swim data that you added to the old map - just follow the instructions. 
  • Manage your own swim spots - a new 'profile' feature will show you all the swims you have, making it easy to go in and update images and descriptions

 'Some things might not work, some things will be fixed over time, but now we want swimmers to go on to the beta version and have a play to see what they think. Your views are important, please trial it and give feedback via the feedback form and directly to wildswim@stormID.com.' 

The map is crowd sourced. 'This is part of the OSS ethos,' says Rew. 'We're an egalitarian group, and part of our manifesto is to share the joy of swimming. Wealth of knowledge grows as more people use it. The safety of swims spots varies over time and with the weather, and with a swimmers own abilities. This map reports what swimmers know of a place, and layers that information over time as more people add to it, but ultimately it leaves responsibility for assessing safety firmly in the hands of the swimmers themselves. It presumes caution and self care. Within the right to swim wild and free, lies the responsibility for oneself.'  

Go and give it a try! The beta version is reached via the old site - wildswim.com

October 2016