Open Water Swimming

  1. Winter Swim Challenge
    Winter Swim Challenge

    Winter Swim Challenge

    Chris on Her Sprit WSC

    So, last September I found myself in a lake, dragged there by a friend who had done it before and another who wanted to try it. Both of us who had never done this before were nervous, scared, wondering if this was for us, but we looked at each other, and decided it was now or never, got in the lake and have never regretted that decision for a moment.

    Each week we swam, a little less as the lake grew colder, and I discovered the Her Spirit

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  2. World Rivers Day 2022
    World Rivers Day 2022

    World Rivers Day 2022

    World Rivers Day 2022: How you can do your bit

    Ditching the pool in favour of a local river, lake, or the sea has become a favourite pastime for many, as wild swimming has seen a boom in popularity. Whether as part of an organised event or a casual dip, wild swimming is for everyone. Abandoning the wetsuit and bracing the chill is also popular amongst wild swimmers as it comes with a whole host of potential benefits. Beyond the exhilaration of that first dunk under

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  3. Be Beach Safe This Summer
    Be Beach Safe This Summer

    Be Beach Safe This Summer

    How to Plan Your Own Swimming Expedition

    by The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

    The coast is an exciting place to be, especially in the summer – but it’s easier than you think to get into trouble in the water. Stay safe this summer with the RNLI’s essential safety advice.

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  4. Daphne Belt
    Daphne Belt

    Daphne Belt

    Daphne Belt - Swimming at 83

    We caught up with the incredible Daphne Belt, who if you haven’t seen or heard of before is an incredible 83-year-old triathlete who, to this day continues to compete in over one hundred triathlons. In this blog we learn about Daphne’s story and what she is doing now.

     

    As a child, my cousin and I went in the sea at Worthing during the school summer holidays without a r

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  5. Lisa Sharples
    Lisa Sharples

    Lisa Sharples

    My journey to Coniston – Lisa Sharples

    I don’t think of myself as a swimmer. On the start line for the Coniston swim, one of the crew referred to us as athletes. Imagine!

     

    I’ve been terrified of water for most of my life. I still struggle to put my face in - the adrenaline rush takes me back to being tumbled in the waves as a toddler - I find the resulting panic difficult to control.

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  6. Calum Hudson
    Calum Hudson

    Calum Hudson

    How to Plan Your Own Swimming Expedition

    In this week’s blog, we caught up with Outdoor Swimming Society ambassador, Calum Maclean to get his tips on how to plan your very own swimming expedition.

    Calum’s 8 step guide to plan your very own swimming expedition.

    1. The Source

    To come up with a great idea for an expedition you have to

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  7. Paula Craig MBE
    Paula Craig MBE

    Paula Craig MBE

    Paula Craig - 7th Channel Swim

    It’s 8.10 am, October 12th 2021, on a cold, murky morning in the English Channel.  Gray waves are slapping the side of the boat and we are really beginning to feel the bad weather building.  We had set off in the pitch dark, six hours ago and the outlook had been a lot more positive. Despite the dark, the sea had seemed settled and the six of us had been excited by the  prospect of a late season Relay Channel crossing.  N

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  8. Overcome Panic
    Overcome Panic

    Overcome Panic

    How to overcome panic when swimming?

    By Keri-anne Payne

    A question I get asked a lot. There are many things that might make a person panic in the open water like the animals or the weeds.

    So what do you do if you find yourself in a panic?

    Well the easy hack is at the bottom of this blog BUT I would highly recommend reading the whole thing!

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  9. Escape from Alcatraz
    Escape from Alcatraz

    Escape from Alcatraz

    My Escape from Alcatraz Swim Review

    By Annie Bean

    When you think of a triathlon that has an equally epic and challenging swim, the first one that springs to mind will be Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. A California race that has a 1.5-mile swim back from Alcatraz island in the San Francisco Bay, back to shore.

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  10. swim with pride
    swim with pride

    swim with pride

    Swimming with Pride: My Story

    By Stacey Moore

    I have always been an active person.  I used to run as a teenager and I was always on my bike.  I played rugby for most of my adult life but knew I couldn't continue with that as I got older. I needed another sport and so I decided that, as I am a runner and cyclist (self-labelled), triathlons were the perfect transition.

    But what about the swim?

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