THE BIG JUMP 2018
06th July, 2018
Since 2002, around 200,000 people have taken part in over 2000 events in 34 countries. This year the European Rivers Network are hoping for a record number of events. “We all want to protect and restore our rivers and lakes. Here is a way to help and have a great day out,” says Richard Lee, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Communications Manager, Freshwater Practice.
“The hottest June on record bodes well for a huge show of support from British swimmers,” says Outdoor Swimming Society founder Kate Rew. “Has there ever been a better month for British river swimming? With some lakes reaching 21 to 23 degrees this week, we can leave our wetsuits at home.” The crowd-sourced map wildswim.com may help you find good places near you. Please note the jumping part is optional – a group wade works just as well. (Jumping has risks, and shouldn’t be undertaken unless you have assessed them, and know the water is both deep enough and clear of underwater obstructions).
So please join the fun. Simply join one of the official events or create your own and register it (name, place and how many jumpers) on the ERN site. The more, the merrier.
- The Big Jump is on Sunday 8th July at 3pm CET (Central European Time – the same as British Summer Time)
- Please register your jump online: https://www.bigjump.org/en/participant-form/
- Share your jump on social media: #BigJump #sharetheswimlove #outdoorswimmingsociety. For reposts, see @theoutdoorswimmingsociety
- To find locations: wildswim.com
- More advice on safety if literally jumping: Survive
- Please take care of yourself! See the Outdoor Swimming Society Summer Safety Swim Guidelines.
Image: OSS Big Jump 2011 at Farleigh Swimming Club