#FollowFriday: Winter Swimmers

Seven of our favourite winter swimmers

We love to #sharetheswimlove, and these guys do to. They focus their lens’ and our attention on swimming’s ability to make the ordinary extraordinary, and capture the hero in us all. They make us see what they see: the beauty in our immediate surroundings, be that mountain or city, river or sea, UK, Iceland or Germany. So what are you waiting for? Give them a follow

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You can follow us, the Outdoor Swimming Society (OSS) via email, Twitter, Instagram (@theoutdoorswimmingsociety) and Facebook. We also love to follow you – #outdoorswimmingsociety to share your images. We have a variety of Facebook channels – visit the page to see our news, join the group for swimming conversation, the OSS Inland Access for help opening up more inland bathing areas and to talk about swimming rights, and Outdoor Swimming Society Buy Sell Give on FB marketplace to trade preloved wetsuits and swimgear.

@sophiehellyer

@sophiehellyer

Sophie is a writer, producer, surfer and environmentalist living off the Atlantic coast of Ireland, who has recently shot a series of swimmers photographed at the water’s edge – her local swimming tribe. Seeing the yoga teacher, gardener, podiatrist and more, in the elements, in their costumes underlines how we are all the same in the water.

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@lizkefotografie

@lizkefotografie

Liz Ke describes herself as a “hobby photographer, hobby triathlete, hobby Instagrammer” but with 43.4k followers, and almost daily training images, her hobby level is other peoples world class. Born and raised near the German Alps, her images are against a backdrop of snow, mountains and application.

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@coldwaterswimming

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These swimmers are braving the North-Atlantic, dipping in frozen lakes and bathing in cool springs across Iceland. The air-temperature in most of their recent posts are minus numbers, with the sea also falling below zero. Winter images of shadowy swimmers keep us going back to this feed.

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@senn.tom

@senn.tom

As one of Tom’s captions reads, his images “look like real winter swimming”. Tom and friends swim in Zurich across the Zurichsee. A frequent spot at Seebadi Stäfa includes diving boards. We feel alive watching this group swim together in snow and low temperatures.

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@lomokev

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Kevin Meredith is renowned for his photos of swimmers, swimming off the Brighton seafront. He captures stunning photos in all weather, at sunrise and sunset and of all kinds of swimmers, nature and situations. He then writes about his photos in his blog. The images with starling murmuration and the haunting West Pier are something to seek out.

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@walpolebayswimmers

@walpolebayswimmers

These swimmers are a community group from Walpole Bay, Margate. ​They post wonderful atmospheric shots of their tidal pool.

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@paul.scully

@paul.scully
Kendal Mountain Festival Manager Paul Scully shares joyful images of the Buoy 13 Swimming Club who meet daily for swims in Lake Windermere. All weather conditions are captured in Paul’s images and the beauty the Lakes provide.
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@theoutdoorswimmingsociety

@pekonetta

Featuring the best images from the swimming community, @theoutdoorswimmingsociety is the place to go to hit yourself up with wild, beautiful, joyful, adventurous images that make you want to dive right in – with regular images from our Ambassadors, @caldamac and @viviennerickmanpoole, that’ll put the world right again.

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Not on insta? Here are a few other channels with great swimmers to follow…..

@TidalCompass

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William Thomson is an author of two books about tides. He travelled the British coastline in a van he kitted out with his partner Naomi. With their six-month daughter Ottilie, William and Naomi explored the water around Britain learning about currents, tides, streams and sea creatures. Follow William on Twitter to discover how to escape quicksand and learn the truth about peeing on a jellyfish sting.

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Matt Allen

outdoor-swimming-society-news-follow-friday-matt-allen Matt Allen

A regular on the group, Matt’s photos, videos and captions always inspire us to get out of bed. Matt regularly captures the mood in a really authentic way and always ends his posts with good wishes to all swimmers. Can’t fail to make you smile.

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Graeme Flix

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Photos by James Kirby – we are still holding our breath as we look at the images of Graeme’s face from behind the ice holding his breath. We hope Graeme and friends are swimming safe as well as capturing these brilliant, if not scary shots!

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Wildswim.com

outdoor-swimming-society-news-follow-friday-chris-popham Chris Popham

Chris Popham has contributed some excellent swimming spots across the wildswim.com map for Outdoor Swimming Society swimmers. His collection the ‘Best of South Devon’ is worth looking through when planning your swims across the popular part of the country. Chris’s photos, clear instructions and safety warnings make plotting your time in Devon simple and enjoyable.

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@team_mermaids_uk

@team_mermaids_uk

Katie and Manda are swimming bloggers who swim at Tooting Lido who swim with frying pans for Pancake Day, make heart shapes to celebrate Valentine’s and post lots of images of themselves laughing – a lot.

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Calum Maclean on Youtube

Funny, funny, funny. Swimmer, film maker and OSS Ambassador Calum Maclean is one to watch.

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