The legal framework within which The Outdoor Swimming Society and many social swim groups operate

Kate Rew


The Outdoor Swimming Society is not able to assume legal responsibility to its 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.

The Outdoor Swimming Society itself has no control or influence over those who arrange social swims on FB, using the OSS group or other groups, or the locations written about or featured in newsletters, the website or on wildswim.com which we support.

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.

Swimming outdoors heightens the risk of serious injury or harm. The risks of outdoor swimming include (but are not limited to) hypothermia, drowning, sickness from polluted water, injury from wildlife, other swimmers or debris in the water. The ‘safety’ of locations varies with the weather, the abilities and knowledge of the swimmer and over time – rainfall can dramatically change the safety profile of a swim spot. More information on understanding water is available in the ‘Survive’ section of this website.

To the maximum extent permitted by law:

  • The Outdoor Swimming Society;
  • each individual acting on behalf of the Outdoor Swimming Society; and
  • 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.