Swimming tales of adventure! From lidos to lakes, rivers to the sea, this podcast celebrates the joy of swimming in the great outdoors.
Swimming during a pandemic
COVID-19 put many things on hold, including swimming, with many people unable to access the water. So what's it been like for wild swimmers? In this episode I speak to swimmers about their experiences, including those who put training on hold, and those who started wild swimming for the first time.
Lenka Janiurek: Watermarks
Lenka Janiurek joins me to discuss her memoir "Watermarks: Life, Death and Swimming", and shares how water and swimming empowered her to write about her remarkable life.
We talk about how swimming has given Lenka strength, and has helped her when facing life’s challenges by providing a chance to be playful and gain a fresh perspective.
Lenka is a writer and sea swimmer based in Wales
Please note that this episode includes some references to domestic violence
Jo Jones: If you never try, you'll never know
In 2020, Jo Jones took on the Bristol Channel, following in the footsteps of Kathleen Thomas, the first person to cross the Channel almost 100 years earlier. But things didn't go to plan, and with the open water swimming season coming to a close, a broken boat and bad weather put the swim under threat.
Jo talks through the lessons learnt over her journey, from the resilience needed to bounce back after disappointment, to how her mindset of 'just enjoy the swim' led to her setting the fastest time for the crossing, which has caused her to reevaluate her own abilities.
P B Hughes: Courage from cold water
P B Hughes is a cold water swimmer and poet from London. In this episode she describes the courage needed to attempt cold water swimming, and observes that this courage is something she's been able to take strength in during difficult times. She also describes the parallels between cold water swimming and her creative work.
P B finishes the episode by sharing a couple of her poems.
Tamsin Calidas: I am an island
Tamsin Calidas followed her dream of moving from London to a remote Scottish island. Relocating and adjusting to island life wasn’t without its challenges, and Tamsin shares how sea swimming and finding a bond with nature has helped her overcome those difficult times, and has now started to inspire her creative work. I love how Tamsin describes […]
Shannon Keegan: In search of Memphre
Shannon Keegan has a personal relationship with Lake Memphremagog. It's the place that inspired her to take part in her first open water swim event, and where she caught the wild swimming bug, so it's no surprise it's somewhere that she's returned to multiple times since. In this episode she talks about swimming across the 25 mile lake in search of Memphre - the mythical lake creature who lives there.
Shannon speaks in such a real and honest way about swimming, from the nerves before her first event, to what it felt like as she stepped into the water at nighttime for her 25 mile swim.
Through her work at Intrepid Water, Shannon helps other people find that same love of outdoor swimming, and shes' been documenting the experiences of endurance swimmers through Marathon Swim Stories.
I’ve become more determined to find a wild swimming community to join.
Loving your podcasts - discovered open water swimming last April and did a mile event in the summer of 2019. Looking forward to Coniston in September and many more in the years to come.
The stories on your podcasts are truly inspiring and give hope to all. Love them.
Worthing Sea swimmer
Just caught up with your brilliant podcast. Thank you so much for spreading the word... I’m in my 60’s and reconnecting with swimming again in the sea at the bottom of my garden (very lucky). You inspire me to connect on social media too.