Statement regarding safety of swimmers and limiting liability of the OSS and it's members

Before signing up to join the OSS or partaking in any swims mentioned on this site or the Outdoor Swimming Society facebook page, please read the OSS swim responsibility statement. By signing up to join the society, or participating in any swims, or using any material on the Wild swim map you confirm that you have read and understand the OSS swim responsibility statement and accept its terms.


The Outdoor Swimming Society is not able to assume legal responsibility to it's members or others.

While we are always keen to share our passion for outdoor swimming, all swimmers must be solely responsible for making their own assessment as to the risks involved in any particular swim.

Swims arranged by members of the Outdoor Swimming Society are not led or supervised by qualified individuals and no insurance is in place.

The Outdoor Swimming Society itself has no control or influence over those who arrange “Outdoor Swimming Society social swims”.

The decision to participate in any swim must therefore be taken individually, and swimmers must not rely (in whole or in part) on views or information provided by the Outdoor Swimming Society and/or its members.

If you are in any doubt about the safety of a swim or your ability to complete it, you should not take part.

Further, to the maximum extent permitted by law:

  1. the Outdoor Swimming Society;
  2. each individual acting on behalf of the Outdoor Swimming Society; and
  3. any person involved in organising an Outdoor Swimming Society social swim

exclude any liability for personal injury, death or other harm or loss to its members or any other person or organisation as a result of their negligence or other breach of legal duty.

Please browse the OSS website for:

  • Risks inherent in outdoor swimming, which include hypothermia, drowning, injury, sickness. Some tips here.
  • Further (but not comprehensive) information on precautions to be taken before and during an outdoor swim.