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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.

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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Competition: Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

We have five copies of a beautiful new book by Bonnie Tsui to give away. In Why We Swim, Bonnie takes us through her own relationship to swimming and around the globe in a remarkable, all-encompassing account of this watery world. Below is an extract from the book. For your chance to...

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Made in Britain

Why buy British? Here at Swim Feral, we are proud members of Made in Britain – you may have noticed its mark on your bag. That mark is not only a sign of quality but also confirmation that you are supporting local manufacturing in the UK. Made in Britain brings...

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The Rivers Trust: River Revival

Rivers shape our land­scapes and pro­vide the foun­da­tions of our cities, towns and coun­try­side. When they thrive, so do we.This summer The Rivers Trust want everybody to remember just how special rivers are. We all know they are an important water resource, and that we couldn’t survive without them. They...

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Dirtbags Climbing

Here at Swim Feral we are big fans of reusing and repurposing materials wherever possible. When we came across Dirtbags Climbing – who upcycle old climbing gear into new products – we instantly loved what they were doing and wanted to hear more about them.  Founders, Jennifer Wood and James Dickinson tell...

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Being a Conscientious Swimmer

As the popularity of swimming outside continues to rise, it’s important to remember that we’re not alone out there. We’re not the only ones on the riverbank, we’re not the only ones enjoying the water – so how can we all become more conscientious swimmers?  Don't be a dick Firstly –...

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Tennis balls. Air mattresses. Plastic bottles. And, a cow.

Our Feral Friend Lindsey Cole has been on many adventures all over the world – running, swimming... rollerskating. One of these adventures started with a mermaid tail and turned into a children's book: The Mermaid and the Cow.  “Tennis balls. Dinghies. Air mattresses. Plastic bottles and bags. And, a cow.” I said...

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Why do we swim?

Why do we swim? Why do we envelop ourselves in cold water out in the open? Or dip somewhere tucked away in the trees? We swim for so many reasons but there is one recurring theme that pops up time and again – we all seem to seek somewhere to reset our...

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Fenwick Ridley - Swimming through a pandemic

Ice swimmer, adventurer and Feral Friend Fenwick Ridley tells us about how the last year has affected him and his adventures – and how much joy he took from one of the coldest winters in years. In the last year our paths, challenges and ideas have been constantly changing for all of us. 

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Changing Seasons - Bealtaine

Super swimmer and Feral Friend Dee Newell talks us through the changes she sees in and around the water as we mark the passing of May Day.     Bealtaine  This is the midway point between the spring equinox and summer solstice, it signifies the start of the summer and...

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Top tips and swimming advice from Gilly McArthur

Feral Friend Gilly McArthur is a rock climber, year round adventure swimmer. Gilly is a great supporter of Swim Feral and last year we partnered with Sequence 13 for their new film Body of Water – following Gilly on her mental and physical journey to seek out remote, icy waters. As the days...

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