Welcome to the Swim Wild podcast - the podcast for the wild swimming community. Interviewing members of your tribe about iconic swims, personal challenges, the friends they have made, the impact on their health and well being and finding a deeper connection with the natural world. Testing out the theory that, whenever and wherever we swim outside, we "emerge from the water better versions of ourselves".
One of the nicest people in wild swimming
Welcome to Swim Wild podcast. This week my guest is Ella Foote.
In the UK, and beyond, Ella is well known in the wild swimming community, for her work as a freelance journalist, including with Outdoor Swimmer Magazine and with her company Dip Advisor.
She is one of the nicest people in wild swimming and it was my pleasure to finally speak to her for the podcast.
There is a lot in what we talk about, and you might want to find more information about lots of it, so here are some useful links to get you started
Jubilee River, Bray Lake, hypothermia, cold water shock, after drop, Suzanna Swims, Viv Rickman, Alice Goodridge, Fenwick Ridley, Dart 10k, Bantham Swoosh, How to Beat Pain, Gilly McArthur, Dartmoor, Sarah Thomas, Jini Reddy, Leeds Castle, Dip a Day December
To focus and feel good, I train
This week's podcast guest is Rachael Lee from Oceanbreakers.
She holds the Irish record for a solo English channel crossing and the world record for 3 person North Channel relay.
She's got motivation sorted and she is incredibly inspirational.
For anyone looking for tips on reaching your swimming goals, this episode is for you.
Things we talk about you might want to know more about
Portmarnock, Raynaud's syndrome, Sarah Thomas, Lake Zurich marathon swim, North Channel, Liffey swim, Oceans 7, lions mane jellyfish, The Baths Lido
People get out of the cold water with a massive smile on their face
Welcome to the latest episode of Swim Wild podcast.
This week I'm speaking to Claudia who is a host of her local Mental Health Swim.
During Covid lockdown, it seems as though more people are becoming aware of their own and others' mental health, even more so than before. Wild swimming, if that is still possible where you live based on the rules, can be a real tonic.
Something to boost your mood, to get you outdoors, more connected to nature, more connected to others, and really in the moment as that first nip of cold water bites.
Claudia's kids have also dipped a toe in, and she speaks so beautifully about the positive impact it is having on them, being able to challenge themselves as they get ever braver in open water.
If you are still able to swim outdoors during lockdown, enjoy and make the most of it. Stay safe as the water temperatures drop (if you are in the Northern Hemisphere! Things are just warming up if you are in the South).
Things we talk about that you might want to know more about
Gaddings Dam, tow float, Wim Hof, Dry Robe, Mental Health Swims, lidos
I'm a much better version of myself when I've been for a swim
Welcome to Season 4 of the Swim Wild podcast!
Welcome back. It's been fabulous having some time off over the summer but it is also good to be back.
I'm back with an absolutely brilliant guest.
Niamh is perfect to open season 4, with so much reflection, insight and joy in the way she talks about swimming.
I'm sure everyone will get something out of hearing her talk about her experiences and what wild swimming she has been able to do under lockdown.
Things we talk about you might want to look up
Portobello (Edinburgh) The Wild Ones group, Wexford, Rosslare Strand, Gilly McArthur, Open Minds Open Doors project.
Niamh's instagram is @Its.me.murf
I just have to swim to my next chocolate mini roll
This week's podcast guest is Alice Goodridge, founder of Swim Wild UK and the Scottish Winter Swimming Championships, ice miler, channel swimmer, artist, illustrator and now with a wild swim inspired clothing range.
She is an intensely interesting guest, with so many strings to her bow, all fuelled by her passion for wild swimming.
Her company Swim Wild, like everything else, had to close during lockdown, but here is an update on what is now possible as lockdown in Scotland eases.
"SwimWild is back! It may not have been the start to the summer that I had planned but I have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that we can get back up and running for the latter part of the season, albeit in a reduced capacity. We have drawn up appropriate risk assessments which closely follow Scottish Government guidelines to ensure we are being safe, sensible and honest with ourselves and our swimmers.
SwimWild has achieved Visit Scotland's "Good to Go Badge", meaning we are prepared as best as possible to start 1-to-1 coaching and private guided adventures from mid-July and small group coaching/adventures again from the start of August.
Availability is a bit limited over the summer as I reschedule courses from the Spring and can only operate with limited group sizes, but I will do my best to accommodate everyone. Please do get in touch if you are interested in open water coaching at Loch Morlich, or would like to join me for a guided swim adventure in the Cairngorms National Park."
Go to swimwilduk.com for more
Photos by Euan Cherry
Getting under a waterfall is so much easier than a cold shower
Welcome to this week's swim wild podcast.
My guest this week is Col.
A self proclaimed hippy, living a semi nomadic lifestyle, speaking to me from his campervan while he waited for the cross channel ferries to restart, to take him on a wild swimming journey to the Pyrenees.
It is a stream of consciousness type of chat, touching on topics such as the benefits of sauna, sleep science, the wisdom of flip flops as hiking footwear and more.
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Really enjoyed this pod cast, Karen’s voice is lovely and calming. Good variety of guests and feels like a free conversation.
This is a cool podcast, swimming in the wild is such an amazing way to connect with nature and keep fit too. So cool to find this and listen to Karen engage with fellow wild swimmers.
Almost as addictive as the actual swimming!!
Absolutely love this podcast! Such great guests and the interview style is so wonderful to listen to; I love the relaxed chat. Feels like you’re sat there with them chatting over a cuppa. I’m (very) new to wild swimming and listening gets me excited for my next swim!