WELCOME TO THE OUTDOOR SWIMMING SOCIETY
A WORLDWIDE SWIMMING COMMUNITY
You are warmly invited to join the OSS community on a variety of channels.
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2020 EVENT AND TICKET RELEASE DATES WILL BE SHARED ON 01.11.19 VIA OUR NEWSLETTER, SOCIAL MEDIA AND OUR WEBSITE. IN THE MEANTIME YOU CAN GET IN TOUCH THROUGH THE FOLLOWING CHANNELS:
OSS NEWSLETTER: sign up for fortnightly swim news, event news, kit reviews, outdoor swim map collections and community stories.
FACEBOOK: please find us on Facebook, where we have an Outdoor Swimming Society page (where we post stories) and Outdoor Swimming Society group (for community chat with 30,000 strong community of swimmers sharing questions, stories, photos and more. (Please note these are community pages, and advertising, promotion and casting calls are not allowed and will be deleted. Contact press if you need help with casting – a fee and/or typically credit will be required. See FB pages for our full policy)
INSTAGRAM: follow our feed at @theoutdoorswimmingsociety and #outdoorswimmingsociety #sharetheswimlove to share your photo
Please note the OSS is run in the main by volunteers – replies are not always possible, but we do try!
2020 Event and ticket release dates will be shared on 01.11.19 via our newsletter, social media channels and on our website.
GENERAL ENQUIRIES Please use our social media channels and website wherever possible to find an answer to your question – you’ll get the quickest response this way! If you really cannot find the answer please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, but be aware that this email address is only checked once a week outside of events season so other channels will get you a quicker response.
PRESS Contact Gilly on email@example.com. Gilly should only be contacted for press enquiries – all other enquiries should be sent as general enquiries or via our social media channels.
FEATURES Contact Beth Pearson on firstname.lastname@example.org. We run 4 features a month. All writing and photography that appears on the site is voluntary.
NEWS To feature on the News page, please submit finished copy where possible. We will share as many as possible of these a month on our news page and across our social media channels, and 4-8 are included in our fortnightly e-news. The Outdoor Swimming Society has 70,000 followers and they are interested in all kinds of swimming related stories including art, culture, environmental news, public health programmes, adventures and feats. Please submit the following: title/ sell/ 3-500 words on the what, where, why, how and when of the story/ Bullet points: Include any prices, URLs for people to follow at the finish/ Author Name and Date/ Image: please choose one high quality image to illustrate your piece, in both resolution and style. Please size to 1700 x 935 pixels/ If your story includes a swimming location, please add it to wildswim.com (or see if the location is already mapped) and share the URL within the piece. / Please send copy unformatted.
VOLUNTEER! The OSS is powered by volunteers – at events and year round. Please see the team page for more details on who does what. If you’d like to join the team as a contributor, or event volunteer, please contact email@example.com
SHOP: Shop and merchandise queries should be sent to Anna Sharman on firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOK REVIEWS: Please send to book editor Lexi Earle via email@example.com. Postal address: 16A Fishpond Drive, Nottingham, NG7 1DG.
EVENTS: Have you got an event question? Please see FAQs on each event page or the dedicated Facebook groups. Each of our events ALSO has it’s own Facebook groups – just search under the event name on Facebook to join pre event chat and training advice. Would you like to see your event listed on the OSS site? You can for free via our Event Calendar, run by findarace. See the events page and submit your event to them and it will appear on our site.
INLAND ACCESS: If you need help or advice establishing or retaining access to an inland beach, you are invited to join the OSS Inland Access FB group and contact the heads of the OSS Inland Access team, Robert Aspey and Chris Dalton on firstname.lastname@example.org. See our OSS Inland Bathing Area Guide
WILDSWIM MAP: Please visit the free crowd sourced swim map wildswim.com, which is supported by the OSS, to find places to swim and share images and descriptions of your swims. This is a crowd sourced map where you can add risk factors, descriptions and images yourself. For issues that can’t be solved alone contact our map editor Fiona Pettengale.