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We are passionate about wild swimming. It's our aim to inspire people to feel confident and informed enough to be able to go out experience the profound  sense of connection swimming in nature brings. On this page you will find links to useful outdoor swimming related articles and projects.


Why I Swim

Our Why I Swim project can be found here – ordinary folks to telling their extraordinary swim stories. Take a look and message us if you would like your story to be featured.

Wild Water

Gaddings Dam holds a very special place in our hearts and Swim Feral almost certainly wouldn't exist without it. Wild Water is a new documentary based around the West Yorkshire Dam directed by regular dipper Ben Davis for Paper Vision Films. And it would have been a challenge for him to make the film without...

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Cold water and ME

Remember those water safety videos shown in schools? Well, they were probably aimed at me - but I ignored them. I was that kid jumping in dirty canals and swimming in deep reservoirs all through the school holidays. Water has always drawn me in. From Llyn Peninsula camping holidays, jumping...

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Small swim business in a big pond

A lot has happened in the world since Jamima first came up with the idea of the Turtleback bag. Lots of interesting things, lots of scary things, lots of life affirming things. The explosion in popularity for outdoor swimming is one of them. In the two years since we launched our...

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Yorkshire Swim Works

Swimming? Outdoors? In the Yorkshire Moors? Yes please. We’re VERY excited about the newly announced Yorkshire Swim Works. This ambitious project plans to make Yorkshire Swim Works one of the first naturally filtered public swimming pools in the UK, integrating nature, sport, and wellbeing.Their vision is to repurpose the former water treatment works below Thornton Moor...

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The Light Fund - English Channel Relay Swim 2022

A bulwark against invasion, a conduit for exchange and a challenge to be conquered, the English Channel has always been many things to many people. Today it's the busiest shipping lane in the world and hosts more than 30 million passenger crossings every year. However, this sliver of choppy brine,...

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January Daily Dip 2022

Since January 1st 2022, more than 40 brave swimmers, from all over the UK, have been plunging into freezing cold water every single day – in a bid to raise funds and awareness for Crisis UK – the UK’s leading homelessness charity. These swimmers have dipped in all sorts of...

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The Rivers Trust: With sewage pollution, the government nearly met its Waterloo

This blog was written by Christine Colvin, Director for Partnerships & Communications at The Rivers Trust and was originally published on The Rivers Trust website.   This week we have a new Environment Act. It’s not the best Act we wanted for the environment, but it is a better Act...

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The Art of Wild Swimming

We love talking about swimming – it’s not just a business for us, it’s changed our lives. We are super chuffed to be in The Art of Wild Swimming – a beautiful and informative book packed with tips and suggestions from awesome folks in our swimming community. We’re amongst great...

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Help End Sewage Pollution

Like you, we are appalled by the news that MPs voted to reject amends to the Environment Bill, but we can still do something. I think we speak for everyone here: no one wants to swim in shit.  The next Environment Bill amendment has to be voted through by the Lords TODAY (26.10.21),...

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Ship-Shaped and Bristol’s Flapping: A big girl’s maiden wild swim

Like most kids growing up in rural areas in the mid-70s, my first experience of open water (beyond the bathtub and sink) was being dunked in a pool in a river just big enough to be taught how not to drown in. When I got to high school, in a...

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The Power of the Ocean

So many of us find solace in the water – the act of swimming providing you with your own personal therapy. Our Feral Friends Helen and Dannie at SeaChange Retreats use water to offer a unique approach to cancer recovery. Their day, weekend and week-long retreats are centred around surfing...

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Signed up members of the SAS 250 Club

  Whatever the weather, summer is usually the time we head to the beach. And this year more than most, you’ll likely have headed to a beach in the UK. We’ve often popped down to the beach for a morning dip and ended up staying all day – this year...

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