11 episodes

The Tidal Year is a podcast about the joy of swimming. Writer and wild swimmer Freya Bromley discovers the human stories behind why we swim. Every week, she’s joined by a new guest who shares what water means to them. 


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The Tidal Year Freya Bromley

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    • 4.9 • 50 Ratings

The Tidal Year is a podcast about the joy of swimming. Writer and wild swimmer Freya Bromley discovers the human stories behind why we swim. Every week, she’s joined by a new guest who shares what water means to them. 


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    Tom Gregory, Author of A Boy in the Water

    Tom Gregory, Author of A Boy in the Water

    It’s the finale of Series 1! In 1988 Tom Gregory swam the English Channel. And he was only 11 years old! He was the youngest person in history to complete the 32 mile swim and as regulations have changed since then, it’s a record that will never be broken. 

    A Boy in the Water is a heartwarming memoir about his experience. In this episode, we spoke about adventures with his swimming club, endurance swimming at such a young age, the coach who guided him through it all and the impact he had on his life. We also spoke about memories, writing, 80s nostalgia and his reflections on how times have changed with the way we parent, encourage and trust. 

    In this episode, we chat about 

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    A Boy in the Water by Tom Gregory is available wherever you buy your books. 

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    • 48 min
    Anna Baker, Cleveland Pools

    Anna Baker, Cleveland Pools

    Cleveland Pools is Britain’s oldest lido dating back over 200 years. It’s set to open once again! Restoration to make the facility fit for the future has started and they’re working to create a unique open-air public swimming pool in Bath, with the energy for heating the water coming from heat pumps in the adjacent river. In this episode I chat to project director Anna Baker. We spoke about Anna’s work, the history of the lido and the power of community action to make a heritage project like this happen. 

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    You can find more about the restoration at clevelandpools.org.uk They’re still raising money to re-open the lido and need your help to make it happen! Go online to find out how you can donate your money or time. It’s really vital to this wonderful heritage site. 

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    • 46 min
    Simon Griffiths, Outdoor Swimmer

    Simon Griffiths, Outdoor Swimmer

    Outdoor Swimmer is the only magazine dedicated to open water swimming in all its forms. They share inspiring swimming stories from triathlons to first dips! In this episode I chat to the magazine’s founder Simon Griffiths. We spoke about his earliest memories swimming, competing in triathlons and of course his journey to founding the magazine. 

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    You can explore the magazine and buy a subscription at www.outdoorswimmer.com

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    • 40 min
    Cathy Rentzenbrink, Author

    Cathy Rentzenbrink, Author

    Cathy Rentzenbrink is the bestselling author of The Last Act of Love, A Manual for Heartache, Dear Reader and her latest novel, Everyone is Still Alive. Cathy swims in the sea near her home in Cornwall (including a new tradition of a publication day swim) and is hoping to start swimming all year around. We chat about that and lots more about swimming, as well as its connection to the creative process. This episode also touches on grief and how life is about accumulating experiences, both good and bad, that make us who we are. 
     
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    All of Cathy’s books are available wherever you buy your books. 

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    • 52 min
    Lauren Biddulph, The Salt Sisterhood

    Lauren Biddulph, The Salt Sisterhood

    Does a week of wild swimming and yoga in Cornwall sound like bliss to you? Well, that’s what Lauren Biddulph thought when she founded The Salt Sisterhood, a women’s wild swimming retreat based in Cornwall. 

    Lauren has a moving story to tell about the power of swimming and its ability to bring people together and forge female friendships. In this episode, we spoke about banishing negative self talk, how we can not just accept that there’s light and dark in life, but also lean into it. And how yoga and swimming can help with that. 

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    Explore upcoming wild swimming retreats: www.thesaltsisterhood.com

    Thanks to this episode’s sponsor TRIHARD. Say goodbye to chlorine and shop their skin and hair products at 15% off with the code Tidal at trihard.co

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    • 52 min
    Nathaniel Cole, Swim Dem Crew

    Nathaniel Cole, Swim Dem Crew

    Nathaniel Cole is a writer, workshop facilitator and co-founder of the inner city swimming club Swim Dem Crew. They hold weekly sessions for people to become better swimmers. Much of what Swim Dem Crew do is about personal development and self-affirmation, using swimming as a tool to empower people and make the sport more inclusive. 

    In this episode, we spoke about Swim Dem Crew’s work and explored topics including masculinity, inclusion, how the confidence people gain from swimming can touch other parts of their life and Nathaniel’s own journey to creating a career around helping people. 

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    As Nathaniel says in this episode… when you’re ready, Swim Dem Crew is ready for you! Check out their amazing work or join them for a swim here: www.swimdemcrew.co.uk

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

TotallyMexico333 ,

Dive in!

The best podcast about swimming and what a warm host with a great voice too. Freya is brilliant

TillyM6 ,

I loved this

I loved this podcast - I don’t swim or even have a huge interest in sports but I loved the stories in this podcast. Freya has a lovely voice too

Naddy76554321 ,

ElizabethDaymeets Wild Swimming

Loved this podcast, a great host with great stories, feels like the How to Fail podcast with Elizabeth Day but all about swimming. I've recently fell in love with swimming again, and this is the perfect companion alongside swimming for leisure and getting back into wild swimming. Her voice is great really reminded me of Elizabeth Day who I loved. Would highly recommend for those who love to swim, or want to hear interesting in-depth live stories and experiences

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