Back in Feburary, Sarah Blackie made a short documentary about swimming in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.
The film was funded by a Kickstarter campaign (with support and donations coming via the OSS FB group among other sources) and features Calum Maclean, who shares his reasons for swimming in cold water. It's a beautiful film, and the sentiments nail why many of us love outdoor swimming, and why we feel such strong kinship with others who swim.
Maybe you get cold. But you never regret it because you've seen something new, and you've been somewhere, and you've done something that you could easily have not done
There are many pearls in Calum's philosophy, here are some of my personal favourites:
1. Maybe it's not great, Maybe you get cold. But you never regret it because you've seen something new, and you've been somewhere, and you've done something that you could easily have not done.
2. I'll swim anywhere.
3. It's escaping to something. It's what you get from it, not what you're running away from...
4. Cold is something you enjoy, you feel your good mood coming through.
"An enormous amount of thanks is due to you all for inspiring me endlessly and for your generous donations to the kickstarter campaign. Without you this would not have been possible. I hope you all enjoy!!"
Film maker Sarah Blackie to the OSS Facebook group
Kate Rew, November 2016