11 episodes

Apple #1 Swimming Podcast in the UK

"The Joy of Swimming" hosted by Pat Kelman. The podcast is a series of conversations with open water and sea swimmers, capturing the atmosphere and the excitement of cold water swimming.

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    • 4.9 • 17 Ratings

Apple #1 Swimming Podcast in the UK

"The Joy of Swimming" hosted by Pat Kelman. The podcast is a series of conversations with open water and sea swimmers, capturing the atmosphere and the excitement of cold water swimming.

    Making AGAINST THE TIDES - swimming the Oceans Seven with Beth French and Stefan Stuckert

    Making AGAINST THE TIDES - swimming the Oceans Seven with Beth French and Stefan Stuckert

    Pat Kelman is joined by British marathon swimmer and world record holder Beth French and BAFTA nominated film maker Stefan Stuckert to discuss their film AGAINST THE TIDES.

    The film documents Beth's attempt to swim across seven of the world's most dangerous sea channels - an extreme challenge called OCEANS SEVEN.

    They discuss the extraordinary mental and physical challenges faced by both Beth and the film crew whist making this powerful and moving film about her journey.

    • 50 min
    Swimming in Unusual Spaces with Laura Godtschalk

    Swimming in Unusual Spaces with Laura Godtschalk

    This episode explores finding unusual lake and river spaces for cold water swimming with Laura Godtschalk, from "landlocked Leicester".

    In this conversation we talk about finding those unusual swimming spots and how to make sure you're swimming safely. We also take a detour into sea swimming with seals, and how in Australia seals are a great way to detect the presence of sharks!

    We also hear this week's "Review of the Week"

    • 40 min
    The Leigh on Sea Bluetits Community with Lisa Monger and Jenny Bier

    The Leigh on Sea Bluetits Community with Lisa Monger and Jenny Bier

    This episode explores community and body confidence with Lisa Monger and Jenny Bier of the Leigh on Sea Bluetits chill swimming group.

    In this conversation we talk about the formation of the group, the philosophy behind the community and also have lots of fun talking about what it actually feels like to get into freezing cold water for pleasure.

    • 40 min
    Pauline Barker - Mama Bear - and the annual Polar Bear Challenge

    Pauline Barker - Mama Bear - and the annual Polar Bear Challenge

    This episode is positively bursting with swimming goodness. Pat Kelman is joined by Pauline Barker, known as Mama Bear to her numerous UK Facebook tribes, who is the creator of the hugely popular Polar Bear Challenge.

    In this conversation she talks about long distance cold water swimming, the origins of the challenge, the amazing communities she has created online and also shares invaluable tips on staying safe and enjoying cold water swimming all the year round.

    • 36 min
    Swimming the English Channel (La Manche) with Claire Brumby

    Swimming the English Channel (La Manche) with Claire Brumby

    In this inspirational and exciting episode Pat Kelman is joined by Business Coach and cross-channel swimmer Claire Brumby. During a far-ranging conversation they talk about confidence, breaking out of comfort zones, swimming in a relay team from Dover to Calais, and Pat comes to terms with allowing listeners to hear more of "him" in the conversations.

    We also hear a letter from a listener in Minnesota and our Review of the Week.

    • 45 min
    Laughter and Grieving with Imogen Tinkler

    Laughter and Grieving with Imogen Tinkler

    In this powerful and moving episode Pat Kelman is joined by Imogen Tinkler from Whitstable Blue Tits. During a far-ranging conversation they talk about travel, Imogen's swimming experiences, and also how her relationship with the water helped her deal with the loss of her daughter.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

woodyjen ,

Wonderful podcasts by Pat Kerman’s Joy of swimming

I’m new to wild swimming, it’s not something I would have ever dreamt of doing, but since the lockdowns and pools closing I had to give it a go. These podcasts are so interesting and inspiring where Pat Kelman interviews a variety of swimmers from different abilities and swimming backgrounds. They make compelling listening, very inspiring and encouraging. Lots of help with advice for newbies. Also very calming too. Thank you Pat

Knockoff82 ,

A very REAL podcast.

What a breath of fresh air to hear stories from real people. You can sense the genuine passion for swimming from each guest. Well done Pat, you have a great series.

Love food Liberian ,

The closest you’ll get to being “in the water”!

I listen to these podcasts on my walks and every time it makes me want to go swim...even if I’ve only just got out of the water! Listening to people recount their swims/adventures and what they find so attractive about swimming is infectious!

Hearing all the different stories that brought people to swimming is intriguing too; the variety of backgrounds, abilities, the tips, tricks, routines and rituals.

I think it will appeal to “old-timers” and newbies alike...and if you’re wondering “should I?”, then I’d say 100% yes...you never regret a swim! (as long as you act responsibly of course!).

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