Other activities & benefits

Swimming is a social sport. Swimmers of all ages can take classes together, train together, or meet up for wild and social swimming. Increasingly studies show exercising and socialising together leads to improved mental health. 

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  • Social swimming
  • Mental health
  • Motivation

Social swimming podcasts

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Social swimming

Outdoor Social Swimming with Sue Woodcock & Deb Vine.

In this episode we take a deep dive into the world of outdoor social swimming – a thrilling and fulfilling way to swim outside with friends. But why is it so popular? What are the benefits? And how can you join in on the fun? We've got all the answers you need, thanks to our special guests who embody the social and selfless spirit of the swimming community. We'll explore their personal journeys, uncover their motivations, and discover the most important aspects of their social swimming experiences. So tune in and get ready to be inspired to take the plunge yourself!

For hundreds of years, swimming has been recognised as a therapeutic activity for physical ailments, but it's only recently that the mental health benefits of being part of a community have been understood.

 In this episode we focus on the popular activity of outdoor social swimming, and we've got two amazing guests - Sue Woodcock and Debbie Vine - who for me embody the positive energy and enthusiasm of this type of swimming. Their love of the water is matched only by their passion for supporting others in their outdoor swimming adventures.

 We explore:

·       What do they think the future of outdoor swimming looks like?

  • Their backgrounds and journey from learn to swim through to current love of swimming? & What inspired them to start outdoor social swimming
  • Social swimming is wide ranging and means so many things to different people. Why do they think outdoor swimming is becoming so popular and why is it so special to them.
  • How do it make them feel? & What have been some of the most memorable experiences they’ve had while swimming outdoors
  • Who do they think it’s for Or Anyone its not appropriate for
  • What are the benefits of outdoor social swimming?
  • What are the benefits of swimming in the winter?
  • What do they think are the most common misconceptions about outdoor swimming?
  • What do they think are some of the most important pieces of equipment for outdoor swimming?
  • How do they prepare for any outdoor swim?
  • What should you wear? Are woolly hats compulsory?!
  • When can you do outdoor swimming? When is the best time to swim? What is the temperature at this time?
  • How do people find places to swim?
  • What are some of the challenges they’ve faced while swimming outdoors?
  • What do they think are the most important safety precautions to take when swimming outdoors?
  • Where would be their ideal place to swim? Anywhere in the world and why?
  • If they could swim with anyone famous from anytime, who would they choose for their perfect swim?
  • How does someone find out about groups and where to swim? (UK and abroad?)
  • Here are the names and website addresses of some top outdoor swimming societies in some regions around the world:
  • North America:
  • United States Masters Swimming (https://www.usms.org/)
  • Outdoor Swimmer Society (https://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/)
  • Wild Swimming USA (https://wildswimmingusa.com/)
  • Europe:
  • Outdoor Swimming Society (https://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/)
  • Serpentine Swimming Club (https://serpentineswimmingclub.com/)
  • The Outdoor Swimming Society UK (https://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/)
  • Asia:
  • Hong Kong Open Water Swimming Association (https://hkoswim.org/)
  • Japan Masters Swimming Association (https://www.jmsa.or.jp/)
  • Wild Swimming Japan (https://www.wildswimmingjapan.com/)
  • Australia:
  • Australian Open Water Swimming Association (https://www.aows.org.au/)
  • Bondi Icebergs Swimming Club (https://icebergs.com.au/)
  • Wild Swimming Australia (https://www.wildswimmingaustralia.com/)
  • Africa:
  • Midmar Mile (https://www.midmarmile.co.za/)
  • WildSwimAfrica (https://wildswimafrica.com/)
  • South African Masters Swimming (https://www.smasa.co.za/)
  • South America:
  • Club Natación San Isidro (https://clubnatacionsanisidro.com.ar/)
  • Federación Peruana de Natación (https://federacionperuanadenatacion.com/)
  • Wild Swimming Argentina (https://wildswimmingargentina.com/)
  • Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and there will be other outdoor swimming societies in these regions that are also worth exploring.
  • ·       What tips do they have for those who are just starting out with outdoor social swimming?

Outdoor swimming

outdoor swimming   podcasts

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outdoor swimmer magazine

outdoor swimmer magazine with Simon Griffiths

This two part podcast was with one of the founders of the magazine that the UK Open water community refer to as “THE” open water magazine.

The MYSWIM podcast caters for all kinds of aquatic adventures, but this episode concentrates on the outdoor kind.
This two part episode talks to Simon Griffiths of the Outdoor Swimmer magazine and explores some fascinating insights not only into the workings of a premier magazine but also into Simon’s unique close-up knowledge of how open water swimming has evolved over recent years along with some great advice on how to get the most out of your outdoor swimming experience.

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Swimming motivation podcasts

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Swimming motivation

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