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Meeting members of the wild swimming tribe and hearing about why our sport is so addictive

Meeting members of the wild swimming tribe and hearing about why our sport is so addictive
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Meeting members of the wild swimming tribe and hearing about why our sport is so addictive








Episode 7 – making a difference – JH007

Has anyone amongst us not done a sponsored event? A sponsored silence in primary school. Something for established national events like Comic Relief or Children in Need. Taking on a significant challenge to mark a big birthday. It must be quite rare to find someone who has never tried to make a difference, no matter how small, by doing something out of their comfort zone for the reward of their friends’ and families’ charitable donations. This week I interview Jane. She takes trying to...


Episode 6 – Fearless – JB006

As I was talking to this week’s podcast interviewee, the main word that came to mind to describe Joanne was fearless. This is a woman who had no formal swimming lessons. Who learnt to swim by watching others, and getting in and playing rough with the other kids. Despite this, she says she has never had any fear. And not just no fear of getting in the water and splashing about - she completed the half mile distance at the Great North Swim without any drama. It was amazing talking to her....


Episode 5 – everyone has an interesting story RD005

I started this podcast knowing that, before I even went looking, I knew at least… hmm, let me count…at least 15 wild swimmers who had done things I found fascinating and wanted to know more about. Of those only around 4 would be considered my friends. You know, real friends, not just folks you know on Facebook. People you make the effort to get together with and spend time with. The others were more acquaintances. People in the groups I swim with regularly or occasionally, who I know by...


Episode 4 – The Peace of It

The 10th of October was World Mental Health Day. Now my social media feed will be biased, as all I ever subscribe to are wild swimming related things, but I was nonetheless overwhelmed by how many people testified to the mental health benefits of wild swimming. This got me thinking. What is it for me about wild swimming that I find so therapeutic? Well firstly, it is the community. I’ve made more genuine friends in the last 18 months through wild swimming than I’ve made in the last 5...


Episode 3 – Swim Friends (DL003)

My friend is the self-appointed weather god. Which is great because she is my swim friend. In actual fact, she is my swim sister. Swim friends have the habit of quickly ingratiating themselves and suddenly becoming family. That’s who Denz is for me – my swim sister and the Swim Wild podcast episode 3 guest. And thank god she is the weather god. We swim together fairly regularly. And I want the weather I want. I want calm seas. Or a thin layer of ice. Or a foot of snow on the ground. Or a...


Episode 2 – why we do events and how (or if) we prepare (SW002)

Welcome to episode 2 of the Swim Wild podcast. This week I’m talking to Sarah, a very lovely, funny woman who very generously shares her time and experiences with me. Our conversation about wild swimming goes into many different subjects. But the thing that I come away thinking about, is how similar we are when we sign up to do an event. By the time this podcast goes live, she will have done the 10km Bwrlwm Bermo - Barmouth Hurly Burly, and I’ll have completed the 1.5km Aberdovey Swim. We...


Swim Wild Podcast launches! Episode 1 – Nicola Griffiths (NG001)

It was great talking to Nicola on Saturday – the first interviewee for my podcast. It’s taken 5 months from the first thought about creating a podcast about wild swimming to actually publishing the first episode. Along the way I’ve worried about not understanding the technical side of things, struggled to develop a brand and build a website, and poured loads of emotional energy into wondering when the right time was to launch the idea with the various wild swimming groups I am a member of,...