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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.

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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Which Swim Feral bag is right for me?

We design gear to make your outdoor swimming experience more comfortable.   We started with our Turtleback bag and now have a few more products that we've added to our collection. Not 100% sure which bag is right for your next swim? Below is a quick run down on the differences...

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Open Water Swimming guidance from Dee Newell

Feral Friend and open water swimmer Dee Newell has created a brilliant series of videos with Water Safety Ireland about open water swimming. Dee certainly knows her stuff, regularly swimming in the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea.  These are a fantastic resource for those of you easing yourself back into the...

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Let's Talk Tarpaulin

Tarpaulin might not sound like the most exciting of subjects but we’re proud to say that the insulated mat in our bags is made from recycled lorry tarp. This is tough, long lasting material that would have otherwise made its way to landfill – and no one wants that. Our...

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January Daily Dip 2021

This is our fourth year of the January Daily Dip and 2021 has been the biggest coldest one yet! Twenty eight brave souls around the North of England dipping in just their cosies into freezing water every single day in January to raise money for Crisis the UKs homelessness charity....

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Body of Water with Gilly McArthur

We are very VERY excited to be partnering with Sequence 13 for their new film Body of Water. Over the past year, people all across the globe have been swept up in an exciting activity - wild swimming. From rivers to lakes to seas, swimming outside of the confines of a...

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Guardian Article: Neoprene and afterdrop: how to keep swimming outside this winter

Some of you may have read the recent piece in the Guardian by Amy Fleming which offered some really good tips about swimming outside in winter. And our Turtleback bag got a shout out...  Having only launched our bag via Kickstarter earlier this year, we are really chuffed to be...

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Tips for winter swimming

New to wild swimming? Only swum during the summer? Here are some top tips for anyone thinking about winter wild swimming: Go with experienced winter swimmers We would strongly advise trying it out with an experienced cold water swimmer until you are completely confident of your own abilities.The Outdoor Swimming...

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Wild Swim Kit

New to Wild Swimming? - What kit do you need? The honest answer is none! That’s the beauty of wild swimming - it’s free and all you need is your body and a body of water! (Well, in the summer at least. ) However, it's nice to have some comforts...

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