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Catching Breath

'Catching Breath' is a film from Fierce Beastie Productions about the healing power of cold water swimming. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Scotland has witnessed a spectacular rise in those participating in cold water swimming. In a country that enjoys thousands miles of dramatic coastline, an abundance of beautiful lochs, waterfalls and rivers, folk up and down the country …
Date: 10:30:11 29.05.2022
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Health

Tonic of the Sea

'Tonic of the Sea' is a 2017 mini-documentary from Jonathan J Scott Films showing the link between mental health and sea swimming. Katie swims off the rocks of Penzance, UK nearly everyday of the year. Open water swimming has helped her overcome some of the struggles that life all too often throws our way. The hope is that her story may help others who are faced with similar …
Date: 10:22:33 29.05.2022
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Mental Health,

Open water Swimming: The joys and the myths

Her Spirit is a global community of like-minded women all getting fitter, stronger and healthier together who believe your mind, body and fuel are intrinsically linked and taking small achievable steps will lead to big changes. Regardless of your ability, location or stage of life Her Spirit has something for everyone.  Join an inclusive bunch of women who believe that being fit and health…
Date: 12:04:41 20.04.2022
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Tips,Mental Health,Motivation

The Open Water Swim Traverse

On 17 October 2019 at 13:45 pm, a team of six swimmers set out to cross the Mediterranean Sea in an Open Water Swim Traverse from Cyprus to Lebanon. The swim, which covered an average distance of 180 km, was undertaken to raise awareness on the harmful impact of single-use plastics in the Mediterranean Sea. Each swimmer swam an average of 30km; equivalent to 3 marathons in 2.2 days! In doing …
Date: 10:29:33 01.09.2021
Categories: Open Water

The Australian Water Safety Strategy 2030

In March 2021, The Australian Water Safety Strategy 2030 was introduced in a bid to significantly cut the country's drowning rate. Each year, more than 280 people die there due to drowning, with many more admitted to hospital following a non-fatal drowning incident. Males are four times more likely to drown than females and, sadly, one-year-olds have the highest drowning rate …
Date: 11:17:38 19.06.2021
Categories: GeneralOpen Water
Keywords:  Drowning

Open Water Swimming with Dr Heather Massey

Faced with closed swimming pools and looking for something new to do, many people have been dipping their toes in the sea in greater and greater numbers, and approving of what open water swimming has to offer. During lockdown the rates of cold water swimming have rocketed, but is it as good for us as we think? In the film below published by NI Science Festival. we hear from Dr Heather Massey, …
Date: 12:07:13 03.03.2021
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Documentary,Cold

Alice Dearing: Being Britain’s black swimmer

Open water swimmer Alice Dearing is often asked the same questions about being the black swimmer from Britain. According to figures from Sport England, 95% of black adults and 80% of black children in England do not swim. Meanwhile just 1% of registered competitive swimmers with Swim England identify as black or mixed race. Those numbers mean that 23-year-old Alice has essentially become …
Date: 11:05:13 26.08.2020
Categories: GeneralOpen Water
Keywords:  Diversity,Inclusion

Keri-Anne Payne on making it to the Olympics

In this episode of his "Don't take out your phone!" podcast recorded on Google Hangouts, British entrepreneur Lewis Maleh talks with Keri-anne Payne, Olympic silver medallist and two-time 10-kilometre open water world champion. Payne has specialised in marathon open water swimming, and long-distance freestyle swimming in the pool. They discuss sport, training for the Olympics …
Date: 17:01:09 16.05.2020
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Olympics

Wind & Waves

Antonio Argüelles is a public servant, businessman, consultant, writer and public speaker—but says if he had to describe himself in some way, he would not think twice: he is a Mexican open water swimmer. To complete the Ocean’s Seven challenge, one must swim seven long distance open water channel swims. GlobalSport Matters’ documentary, "Wind & Waves," …
Date: 11:29:23 14.05.2020
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Challenge,Endurance

Interview with Emma Collings-Barnes and Greg King-Limb

Emma Collings-Barnes is a former British Open Water Champion who competed at the European Championships, while Greg King-Limb has successfully coached swimmers at a county, regional and national level. They are - respectively - Director of Swimming and Assistant Director of Swimming at Mount Kelly: a school in Devon with a programme that has produced scores of international swimmers, including …
Date: 23:39:13 15.01.2020
Categories: CoachingOpen Water
Keywords:  LGBT,Coaching

The Game Changers - Lauren Steadman

Lauren Steadman is a British Paralympic athlete who has competed in three Summer Paralympics, in both swimming and the paratriathlon. She enthralled us all as a semi-finalist on last year's Strictly Come Dancing in which she was partnered with AJ Pritchard but eliminated by Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev in the Dance-Off. Hear from …
Date: 16:38:57 02.12.2019
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Disability

Training for Swim Events

Simon Griffiths is the founder of Outdoor Swimmer magazine. He takes part in swimming events around the world and this summer he’s planning a 21km swim along a lake in Sweden. In this episode of his Wild Swim podcast, Simon shares his experience of open water swimming events, including how he trains for these big swim challenges, what keeps him motivated during training, and what to …
Date: 13:51:30 31.08.2019
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Wild,Training,Motivation,Endurance

Something to Sh2out about

In April 2019 we featured a video by Colin Hill (bio) about Sh2out which expressed his concern with Triathlon and RLSS shaping open water swimming by setting guidelines for swim venues.  In it Colin questioned whether this is in the best interest of "your general outdoor swimmer" or a way for triathlon to claim credit for an already growing activity to Sport England? Or …
Date: 16:00:54 19.08.2019
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Governance, Triathlon, Safety, Participation

Zurich Marathon Swim 2019

On 4 August 2019 the 32nd edition of the Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim over the 26km length of Lake Zurich in Switzerland took place with splendid weather and water conditions. In 2020 the endurance swim will take place on 9 August. Members of the Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team made the 2019 event unforgettable for all participants – solo swimmers as well as relay teams. …
Date: 15:48:01 19.08.2019
Categories: Open Water

Gwangju 2019 Venues

The FINA World Championships taking place in Gwangju, South Korea from 12 to 28 July 2019 will feature swimming, diving, high diving, artistic swimming, open water swimming and water polo. 15,000 athletes from 200 countries are in the 'City of Peace'. The swimming and diving competitions take place at Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center. Swimming e…
Date: 22:43:15 11.07.2019
Categories: Open WaterWater Polo
Keywords:  Facilities

Swimming World Biweekly May 7, 2019

In this issue read why Amy Bilquist has moved back to Scottsdale, Arizona, and check out recaps of 2019 U.S. Open Water National Championships AND 2019 USMS Spring Championships. Find out how Hannah Moore rebounded from a DQ to make the World Championships. In swimming news, Dara Torres is to host the 2019 ISHOF Honoree Ceremonies in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this month. USA Swimming announces …
Date: 10:53:32 15.05.2019
Categories: GeneralOpen Water
Keywords:  ISHOF


SH2OUT has been set up by British Triathlon & Royal Life Saving Society. In this video, Colin Hill shares his personal view on whether it's a good thing for open water swimming. Should another sport be looking at increasing it's influence over another sport that already has communities, events, governing bodies already in place? You can find out more on the SH2OUT website: www.sh2ou…
Date: 09:33:41 18.04.2019
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Partnerships, Governance

Swimming with Humpbacks

Virtual reality (VR) specialist Immotion Group have already brought their technology to Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier. Now through the magic of virtual reality they are bringing you ‘Swimming With Humpbacks’ their blue ocean series production where you can witness, from just a few feet away, the miracle of life under the sea. Fearless wanderers, enchantment hunters and …
Date: 09:16:11 05.04.2019
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  VR

Plans for Sea Lanes pool on Brighton seafront

Sea Lanes Brighton propose to transform the former Peter Pan site on Madeira Drive, Brighton, by delving deep into its history and culture and reviving competitive and recreational sea-swimming on Brighton Seafront. The vision is to create the UK’s first national open water swimming centre of excellence. As the wider master plan for the area is finalised Sea Lanes will be taking the …
Date: 08:36:01 05.04.2019
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Facilities

Great Scottish Swim Cancelled

For over ten years Great Swim has provided thousands of swimmers with exhilarating, challenging and safe events, whatever their age or ability. Colin Hill helped set up the Great Scottish Swim before leaving in 2011. With the recent announcement that the Great Scottish Swim has been cancelled, he talks about the reasons why this probably happened in the following video. He gives …
Date: 13:32:25 30.03.2019
Categories: Open Water

Challenge Accepted

BBC Reporter Sahar Zand took on one of the hardest challenges of her life to swim from England to France. She didn't finish her challenge or break the world record as the first Iranian ever to do so, but she went for it. That's what matters. she jumped in and gave it everything she had, reminding herself once again, of the person she wants to be. Someone who does not let fear …
Date: 13:39:21 19.02.2019
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Channel

Swimming World Biweekly - February 7, 2019

In this issue of Swimming World Biweekly, Nathan Adrian announces he has cancer, has had surgery, and is already back in the Read about why Arizona is on probation for NCAA violations, and why Sun Yang is facing a lifetime ban. Find out how open water competition is different from the pool, what to do when you have to compete against a teammate, what becoming vegan does to an athlete, …
Date: 09:48:10 11.02.2019
Categories: GeneralOpen Water
Keywords:  Vegan, Doping


The following short documentary by Tommaso Di Paola and Jack Webber features artist, photographer and outdoor swimmer Vivienne Rickman Poole. The film won the 'Best Woman in Adventure' Gold Award at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. Viv has lived in the mountains of Snowdonia for 15 years. A previous project we featured, #swimsnowdonia, was listed amongst 'The 10 most inspirin…
Date: 12:06:36 05.02.2019
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Wild, Adventure

Documentary: The Ponds

View trailer for a new documentary following the year-round swimmers over 12 months at the unique urban ponds on Hampstead Heath, London. Produced and directed by Patrick and Samuel of Laser Guided Productions, the film is on limited release in early 2019. They aim to show the film in unique aquatic settings in the UK in 2019, as well as in cinemas and at film festivals. …
Date: 12:45:27 12.01.2019
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Documentary

Channel Diaries

In September 2010, swimmer Marcelo Collet awaited Coast Guard permission to perform the biggest challenge of his life so far. After two years of preparation, he was attempting to cross the English Channel, known as the "Everest" of open water swimming. Due to the weather, his chances of getting into the water and facing a twelve hour swim which separate England and France were …
Date: 13:33:00 01.01.2019
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Channel, Paralympics

The Conversation with Loretta Cox, Channel Swimming Coach

It's always worth listening to extraordinary people talk about their loves and losses, their waking hunger and daily purpose. This episode's guest on The Conversation with Birdonabike is Loretta Cox... Endurance Swimming Coach.. and an expert in training people to swim The English Channel.
Date: 09:13:16 23.12.2018
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Endurance

Immersive Orchestra: Plymphony No1 in Sea

As part of the Plymouth Art Weekender and The Atlantic Project, Imperfect Orchestra collaborated with artist Shannon Leah Watson to devise and produce Immersive Orchestra. Performed on 30 September 2018, Immersive Orchestra was a live performance between wild swimmers and amateur musicians. Comprised of over 100 swimmers and 50 guitarists, the performance took place on a beautiful day on Plymouth …
Date: 18:19:08 12.12.2018
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Culture, Wild

Wild Swimming Italy

The Wild Swimming series travelled to Italy to explore freshwater lakes, mountain and lagoons. Dip in to the emerald-green plunge pools of Sicily and swim at river beaches in Campania. Discover the secret hot springs of Tuscany and amazing waterfalls of the Dolomiti. Explore the hidden shores of Lake Como and Garda. Perfect for family explorers or romantic adevnturers, this stunning travel book …
Date: 17:45:43 26.08.2018
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Wild

Diana Nyad - How to achieve impossible goals like swimming from Cuba to Florida

In this episode of the Wild Ideas Worth Living podcast, REI presents an interview on Adventure, Outdoors, and Travel with guest Diana Nyad.  In 2013 at the age of 64, Nyad became the first person to swim 110 miles from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage. It took her about 53 hours. After years of training, four failed attempts, being stung by multiple box jellyfish, dealing …
Date: 15:52:15 05.04.2018
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Goals, Endurance

Alice Gartland - pursuing her passions

Alice Gartland is contributing Editor of Outdoor Swimmer Magazine, lead scientist at the International Institute of Swim Cake Studies, a qualified swim teacher, Mandarin speaker,  and consultant focusing on projects relating to anti corruption, responsible business, water scarcity, the rule of law and the impact of technology on social and economic development. Alice is …
Date: 07:58:57 05.04.2018
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Cake, Body Image, Community

Hands up - who wants to be a Marathon Swimmer?

The FINA/HOSA Marathon Swim World Series is an annually staged elite-level competition organised in over 9 locations. It and takes places in either fresh water or sea and the next stop will be in the Seychelles. On 20 May 2018, the event location in Beau Vallon will be filled with swimmers from all over the world. Take a tour of the hotels, the training pool and the beautiful venue …
Date: 17:12:57 28.03.2018
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Marathon

Jenny Landreth chats with Vivienne Rickman-Poole

Author of 'Swell: A Waterbiography', Jenny Landreth a writer for The Guardian and editor and has also authored Swimming London (Aurum Press) - a guide to the 50 best places to swim in London. Her swimming blog reviews the best and worst London pools. In the video of a  literary event hosted by the Bloomsbury Institute for book lovers, academics and thinkers…
Date: 11:44:36 12.03.2018
Categories: GeneralOpen Water
Keywords:  Books

Why People Are Swimming in Freezing Water

Forget dipping your toe in the deep end. In countries around the world, intrepid swimmers of all ages plunge into ice-cold waters for a thrill that can feel as sharp as daggers--and bragging rights that last all winter. In this Time, The Brief podcast Jamie Ducharme welcomes you to the fun and frigid world of cold-water swimming. The hobby is nothing new.  View Ducharme's …
Date: 17:27:44 06.03.2018
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Cold, Ice

250 Lakes

Vivienne Rickman-Poole is an artist and cold water swimmer who set herself a challenge to swim all 250 lakes in Snowdonia. In May 2015 Director Tom Eagar spent an afternoon with her at Llyn Llydaw to find out what swimming meant to If you'd like to find out more about Vivienne and her work visit www.viviennerickmanpoole.co.uk. Sound Recording and Cover Image by Liz Seabroo…
Date: 11:42:55 27.02.2018
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Documentary

Sally Goble’s endurance and arctic swimming adventures

Episode I0 of the Live Beyond podcast featues a chat with Sally Goble, Head of Quality at the Guardian newspaper and swimmer extraordinaire. For her 50th birthday, Sally decided to swim a mile each day in 50 different pools in London for 50 days. A great celebration! Sally's love of endurance swimming all started with a somewhat random adventure swimming holiday in Greece. Since then, …
Date: 10:53:14 15.09.2016
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Endurance

Serious sea swimming

Those who swim laps are dedicated. Those who swim in the open ocean show no fear. At least, not externally. Australia's ABC Radio National headed outside for its podcast series Off Track which speaks for places beyond policy and politics: environments loved and lived in. Listen to the full episode.
Date: 17:02:18 26.03.2016
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Participation

Beth French tackles Seven Oceans Swim Challenge

Milverton's Beth French was the first person to ever swim from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly - and now she is preparing to take another record-breaking dip in the ocean. The mother-of-one, who had to use a wheelchair as a teenager, will try to complete 7 of the world's toughest swims in a single calendar year - something that's never been done before! She's been talking to BBC …
Date: 16:50:22 26.03.2016
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Marathon, Endurance

FINA ITU Workshop - Safety in open water swimming

Margo Mountjoy - Safety in open water swimming  science+triathlon, 2013, Magglingen, Švica
Date: 11:55:22 22.01.2016
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Safety

Wild Swimming Walks Dartmoor and South Devon

Wild Swimming Walks Dartmoor and South Devon  features 28 lake, river and beach days out. Includes downloadable route information to print out, or take with you on your phone or tablet. The book will appeal to wild swimmers, family explorers, nature lovers and walkers alike. Wild Things Publishing produce beautiful, practical books to inspire and guide people to amazing adventures …
Date: 12:03:04 09.01.2016
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Wild

H2Open Issue 1

H2Open Feb / Mar 2011  A bi-monthly Open Water Swimming magazine, produced for ZG Publishing Ltd.
Date: 18:45:49 06.01.2016
Categories: CoachingOpen Water
Keywords:  Open Water

Swim Mate Issue 2

Issue 2, 2012 of Swim Mate  Australian openwater swimming magazine
Date: 18:42:51 06.01.2016
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Open Water

Swim Mate Issue 1

Swim Mate Issue 1 2012 of Australian Open Water Swimming Magazine
Date: 18:39:59 06.01.2016
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Open Water,

Wild Swimming Walks

Wild Swimming Walks  28 adventures into the beautiful countryside of southern England. Discover swimming meadows along the Thames, secret coves of the Sussex seashore and hidden islands of the Essex coast. All the walking routes are accessible by train and each comes with ideas for places to visit and refreshments along the route. Includes suggestions for longer weekends away as well. …
Date: 10:16:17 29.11.2015
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Wild

Swimming World Biweekly, October 21, 2015

Swimming World Biweekly, October 21, 201515 things swimmers are tired of hearing. 5 pieces of advice from a college swimmer. 5 ways to mentally stay afloat in the pool. Olympian Claire Donahue sets world records in Masters swimming debut. Tony Azevedo named PAC 12 water polo player of the century. Swimmers without borders: international student-athletes adjust to swimming in the US. 6 simple …
Date: 09:30:19 22.10.2015
Categories: GeneralOpen Water
Keywords:  Masters, College

Crossing Hell's Mouth

This 2012 film tells the story of Frank Chalmers, an open water swimmer who is setting off on the challenge of his life. Having successfully swum the English Channel, Frank has been training for over a year in preparation for his toughest swim yet; to cross the Pentland Firth. This notoriously treacherous stretch of water separates the Orkney Islands from mainland Scotland and is home to some …
Date: 10:51:22 14.09.2015
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Documentary

PCS Seminar – Dr Karen Throsby

Dr Karen Throsby is an Associate Professor in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds. View video of the PCS Seminar, held at the University of Bath, entitled 'Making it count: Marathon swimming, quantification and the problem of "realness" (45m 30s)
Date: 11:12:52 08.09.2015
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Marathon

Just Add Water Issue 1

Just Add Water Magazine Issue 1 Wild Swimming magazine with stories, locations, people, art and lifestyle articles.
Date: 19:53:47 31.08.2015
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Wild

Wild Swimming Hidden Beaches

Explore the Secret Coast of Britain Wild Swimming Hidden Beaches - Explore the Secret Coast of Britain The fully revised second edition of Wild Swimming Coast now includes even more for walkers, swimmers and explorers: – Full national coverage of Britain's most beautiful beaches Lagoons, sea caves and amazing places to snorkel – New 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey mapping Best …
Date: 20:45:15 27.08.2015
Categories: Open Water
Keywords:  Wild, Beach