12 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.

The Joy of Swimming Pat Kelman

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    • 4.9 • 18 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.

    Emotional Support from Cold Water with Clare Flaxen

    Emotional Support from Cold Water with Clare Flaxen

    In this episode Pat Kelman is joined by Coach and Therapist Clare Flaxen.
    In this conversation we talk about the emotional benefits of cold water swimming, the joy of Parliament Hill Lido and Pond swimming.
    Resources mentioned in this episode
    Clare Flaxen website Clare Flaxen on Instagram Clare Flaxen on Facebook If you have enjoyed this episode, please:
    Subscribe to the podcast Join the Joy of Swimming Discussion Group

    • 40 min
    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.
    Against the Tides is available on Demand from March 1st 2021 in the UK and the US. Details on www.againstthetidesfilm.com
    The film documents Beth's attempt to swim across seven of the world's most dangerous sea channels - an extreme challenge called OCEANS SEVEN.
    For open-sea swimmers it’s the ultimate test; very few people have ever completed it. But, driven by her desire to set an example for her autistic son and to overcome her life-long battle with ME (a.k.a. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), which forced her to spent long periods of her teenage years in a wheelchair, Beth aims to become the first person in history to swim all seven channels in one year. 
    Traveling to far-flung corners of the world, she confronts hypothermia, sharks, jellyfish, wild weather and mind-numbing fatigue, as well as her own inner demons. 
    But, as her dramatic journey nears its end, Beth’s yearning to conquer the open sea comes into heart-rending conflict with her dreams for her son. 
    Film Trailer:

    Film Website: http://www.againstthetidesfilm.com/
    Facebook: Against the Tides
    Twitter: Against the Tides
    Instagram: Against the Tides
    Episode Topics
    Episode introduction [0:35] Film Trailer Audio [4:05] Interview Starts [5:49] Closing remarks [48:00] If you have enjoyed this episode, please:
    Subscribe to the podcast Sign up for my newsletter Join the Joy of Swimming Discussion Group  

    • 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"
    Episode Topics
     
    Episode introduction [0:45] How Laura got into Swimming [2:40] The draw of the water [4:20] Stanton Lake [7:00] Connecting with nature  [10:50] Finding somewhere safe to swim [12:50] That "cold whoosh" feeling [16:00] Water to help recover from injury [23:00] Floating [27:00] Seals and Sharks?! [30:30] Advice for Starting Out [34:45] Finding Laura [36:50] Closing remarks [37:45] Resources mentioned in this episode
    Leicestershire DragonFly Open Water Swimmers Stoney Cove Facebook Page Stanton Lakes on Facebook Stanton Lakes The Install Company If you have enjoyed this episode, please:
    Subscribe to the podcast Sign up for my newsletter Join the Joy of Swimming Discussion Group Subscribe, share and review this podcast to enter a competition to win one of five copies of Sarah Norquoy's beautiful memoir, "Salt on my Skin".  (ends Jan 31, 2021)

    • 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.
    Episode Topics
     
    Episode introduction [0:45] Who are the Bluetits? [2:52] How Lisa got into Swimming [4:00] How Jenny got into Swimming [5:25] How it feels [6:30] The benefits of cold water sea swimming  [9:00] Body Confidence [11:05] Cold water and Resilience [14:40] Rituals [24:00] Finding Jenny and Lisa [37:10] Closing remarks [37:55] Resources mentioned in this episode
    Bluetits Chill Swimmers website The Leigh on Sea Bluetits on Facebook If you have enjoyed this episode, please:
    Subscribe to the podcast Sign up for my newsletter Join the Joy of Swimming Discussion Group Subscribe, share and review this podcast to enter a competition to win one of five copies of Sarah Norquoy's beautiful memoir, "Salt on my Skin".  (ends Jan 31, 2021)

    • 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.
    We also have our regular Review of the Week slot.
    Episode Topics
     
    Episode introduction [0:45] Review of the Week [2:00] Pauline's start in cold water swimming [3:35] First experience in cold water [7:10] Siberia at -10 degrees [9:50] Pressing the Reset button [12:00] The Polar Bear Challenge  [14:00] Swimming as relaxation [22:20] Safety and Newcomer advice [25:30] The popularity explosion [31:55] Finding Pauline [33.10] Closing remarks [34:00] Resources mentioned in this episode
    The Polar Bear Challenges website Polar Bear Challenges on Instagram Pauline Barker website Polar Bear Challenge on Facebook If you have enjoyed this episode, please:
    Subscribe to the podcast Sign up for my newsletter Join the Joy of Swimming Discussion Group Subscribe, share and review this podcast to enter a competition to win one of five copies of Sarah Norquoy's beautiful memoir, "Salt on my Skin".  (ends Jan 31, 2021)

    • 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.
    Episode Topics
     
    Episode introduction [0:45] Listener's Letters [2:45] Review of the Week [4.55] Claire's start in cold water swimming [5.50] First experience out of a wetsuit [9:20] Getting out of our comfort zones [17:50] Pat's podcast "existential crisis"[20:20] Recapturing the feelings  [25:25] Swimming the Channel [28:00] What the experience has done for Claire [38:35] Contacting Claire [43:00] Resources mentioned in this episode
    Claire Brumby website Claire Brumby on Instagram If you have enjoyed this episode, please:
    Subscribe to the podcast Sign up for my newsletter Join the Joy of Swimming Discussion Group Subscribe, share and review this podcast to enter a competition to win one of five copies of Sarah Norquoy's beautiful memoir, "Salt on my Skin".  (ends Jan 31, 2021)

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

hobbalina ,

So inspiring!!

Have only just started wild swimming and this podcast has inspired me so much, as well as given loads of invaluable tips and safety advice. Love the conversations with the guests, absolutely brilliant! Fascinating and informative. Thank you Pat!!

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.

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