Outdoor swimming is one of the fastest growing activities in the world, the benefits of which are well documented across many platforms and media.
Each episode of this podcast I (Will Ellis) will be asking the same set of questions to my guests in order to hear their swim story, find out what the water means to them, and in doing so find the common ground between us all: the love of the water itself.
Guests will include all walks of life, from Olympians, Comedians, Journalist, Masters Athletes and Winter Swimmers.
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1.12 Sarah Thomas
It's Episode 12 of "An Open Water Swimmer's Podcast" . . . this is the final episode of the Season and it was a privilege to be able to speak to Sarah Thomas. Sarah became the first and only person to have completed a four way English Channel crossing in 2019, a swim that took her 54 hours. She also holds the record for the longest unassisted swim: in 2017 she swam the 168.3km across Lake Champlain, in a staggering 67 hours and 16 minutes. Sarah was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2017, shortly after this record breaking achievement; once in remission, not to be deterred, it was then she fulfilled her goal of swimming the four way English Channel. Her accomplishments in ultra marathon swimming are jaw dropping and it was a delight to be able to share this chat with you. She is humble yet superhuman and I am grateful for her time in closing Season One... Enjoy.
1.11 Eddy Temple-Morris
It's Episode 11 of "An Open Water Swimmer's Podcast" . . . it was an absolute joy to be able to chat to DJ, Radio Broadcaster and Wim Hoff devotee, Eddy Temple-Morris. Not only is Eddy a passionate advocate of the sea and all that lives within it, he is also a patron of the charity "My Black Dog"; a charity close to his heart that deals with anyone who needs help with their mental wellbeing. He started Wim Hoff a number of years ago as a way to improve his mental state, and now he is an ardent proponent of its benefits. We chat about swimming pools in Iran, Resveretrol, being chased by Trigger Fish and how the water wants to kill you... allegedly. Enjoy!
1.10 Paul Newsome
It's Episode ten of "An Open Water Swimmer's Podcast" . . . it was a real treat to be able to speak to Swim Smooth founder Paul Newsome from his base in Perth, Australia. If you are interested in improving your stroke at all, then I can highly recommend Swim Smooth as being able to assist (although you won't have to travel to Perth to do so, I promise). We chatted about winning Manhattan, David Walliams, "Men's Sheds" and Sunday swims with Chris amongst other things... Enjoy!!
1.9 Tim Donovan
It's Episode nine of "An Open Water Swimmer's Podcast" . . . this week I fire the six questions at all round nice guy Tim Donovan. He's a Triple Crown Swimmer (English Channel / Catalina / Manhattan), having grown up in Perth, Australia. We talk about finishing swims when they go bad, friendship, consistency, doing the things you love and having zero fear... apparently that's a thing! Enjoy...
1.8 Karlyn Pipes
Episode eight of "An Open Water Swimmer's Podcast" . . . today's guest is one of the most decorated swimmers of all time having set 233 FINA World Records at Masters Level (33 of which still stand). She was inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame in 2017 and is the author of "The Do Over": her autobiography telling the story of her struggles with addiction while at the same time being a swimming prodigy and Olympic hopeful. Her recovery and subsequent swimming accolades are riveting to read or listen to - both in and out of the pool. She is also a motivational speaker and swimming coach, teaching her 'Faster Freestyle' clinics around the world every year. It made for a compelling and brilliant chat, and I was fortunate enough to have some of her time form her home in Hawaii... Enjoy!
1.7 Simon Griffiths
Episode seven of "An Open Water Swimmer's Podcast" . . . It was so lovely to chat to 'Outdoor Swimmer' magazine founder Simon Griffiths; he is not only a very rapid Masters Swimmer, but has also recently taken up river swimming all year round during the pandemic. He set up the magazine ten years ago in response to the fact that Open Water Swimming was growing at a rate of knots, and ten years later his publication is going from strength to strength. We talk Africa, Google (you'll see) and how to keep rowers happy on the Thames. Enjoy...
What's not to love?
This is an inspired, informative and motivating podcast for all outdoor swimming enthusiasts - whatever your shape or size. Chapeau, Will.
Got me into a good headspace
I really like this podcast. Last episode listened to was that on Kath Ferguson, who is local to me near Brighton. A really down to earth interview with someone who has, almost inadvertently, created an organisation - Salty Seabirds - which has touched thousands of people’s lives in such a positive way.
Love this podcast
This has been my first winter sea swimming and listening to the experiences of all the different guests, why they swim, and what the water means to them is brilliant. I love the open water swimming community vibe and I feel so very lucky to have the sea on my doorstep. I really enjoy getting lost in this podcast every week. Looking forward to season two!