27 episodes

“Chartable” #1 UK Swimming Podcast

Outdoor swimming is one of the fastest growing activities in the world, the benefits of which are well documented across many platforms and media.
Each episode of this podcast I (Will Ellis) will be asking the same set of questions to my guests in order to hear their swim story, find out what the water means to them, and in doing so find the common ground between us all: the love of the water itself.
Guests will include all walks of life, from Olympians, Comedians, Journalist, Masters Athletes and Winter Swimmers.
@owswimpod (Insta / Twitter)

An Open Water Swimmer's Podcast William Ellis

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    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

“Chartable” #1 UK Swimming Podcast

Outdoor swimming is one of the fastest growing activities in the world, the benefits of which are well documented across many platforms and media.
Each episode of this podcast I (Will Ellis) will be asking the same set of questions to my guests in order to hear their swim story, find out what the water means to them, and in doing so find the common ground between us all: the love of the water itself.
Guests will include all walks of life, from Olympians, Comedians, Journalist, Masters Athletes and Winter Swimmers.
@owswimpod (Insta / Twitter)

    2.14 Bonus Episode 2 Sally Minty-Gravett M.B.E.

    2.14 Bonus Episode 2 Sally Minty-Gravett M.B.E.

    Bonus Episode for the final time off the back of Season 2... I caught up with Sally to ask her about her recent historic Channel Swim, which means she has crossed the Channel in every decade of her life from teens to now (six); obviously including her historic double crossing in 2016.



    She is an utter inspiration and I was thrilled she was able to come on and share her experience - all for charity in memory of her dear late husband Charlie, please find the link to donate here: https://sportsgiving.co.uk/sponsorship/entry/23279

    • 27 min
    2.13 Sally Minty-Gravett M.B.E.

    2.13 Sally Minty-Gravett M.B.E.

    Season 2 Bonus Episode!!

    I had the pleasure of speaking to Sally Minty-Gravett (M.B.E.), who this year is embarking on her sixth decade of solo Channel Swimming, having swam The English Channel in her previous five decades. She is the oldest person to have completed a double English channel solo, and has swam Catalina, Manhattan and much much more... she has a long list of swimming achievements, and was inducted into the Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as a result. Enjoy!!

    Sally is swimming The English Channel (again!) in August and is raising money for Jersey Lifeboat Association & Dementia Jersey, in memory of her dear husband Charlie, here is the link as promised: https://sportsgiving.co.uk/sponsorship/entry/232791



    If anyone is interested in hearing my swimming story then I was interviewed on Marathon Swim Stories here:

    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/marathon-swim-stories/id1516104108?i=1000561523457

    https://marathonswimstories.com/will-ellis/

    • 49 min
    2.12 Chloe McCardel

    2.12 Chloe McCardel

    It's the final episode of the season and what better way to close it than with one of the most well known marathon swimmers, Chloe McCardel. Chloe has swam The English Channel 44 times, surmounting Alison Streeter's record last year, in 2021 (those swims included a triple crossing and three double crossings!!) She also holds the record for the longest Ocean Swim at 124km in 42 hours, and is a total inspiration. It's Chloe McCardel!!

    • 55 min
    2.11 Thomas Lurz

    2.11 Thomas Lurz

    Episode 11 of Season 2 is the one and only Thomas Lurz... a total hero of mine and I was honoured that I got to be able to speak to him. He has won a staggering 39 medals at Europeans / Worlds and Olympic Races. He is by far and away the most decorated Open Water Swimmer of all time, and certainly one of the most decorated swimmers of all time. We chat about not living in the past; the fact that every race starts at point zero and a fear of Catfish... Enjoy!!

    • 47 min
    2.10 Caroline Saxon

    2.10 Caroline Saxon

    It's Episode 10 of Season 2, and I have the brilliant Caroline Saxon to share with you. She is a former GB swimmer turned GB Ice Swimmer... in fact, after we recorded this podcast she went to the Ice Swimming World Champs in Poland where she won medals and broke records. She has her own podcast "The Swimmer Tribe Podcast", where she may air this chat too. We talk about the Journey rather than the goal: "Becoming is better than Being", swimming being the glue that holds some relationships together and Cold Water Swimming being part of a larger toolkit for mental health. Enjoy...!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    2.9 Ray Gibbs

    2.9 Ray Gibbs

    Episode 9 of Season 2 is with the awesome Ray Gibbs of "Swim Canary Wharf" Fame... Ray set up his coaching facility in response to watching GB swimmers swim at his local club and the lack of really concise technique coaching available to swimmers - especially distance swimmers. As a swim coach he teaches a whole range of swimmers and top athletes, and also competes as a distance swimmer himself. We chat about never regretting a swim, how fear can help you . . . and also the Posidonia 10km race in Ibiza which Ray swam in 2021, where he got stung a staggering 37 times by jellyfish: a race I will be swimming with Ray in 2022, so it was awesome to pick his brains about my most feared stretch of water anywhere in the world (as well as ask him the 6 questions!). Enjoy.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

jlinnski ,

Inspiring

Thanks for doing these interviews, open water swimming can seem a bit niche and lonely, but your podcast opens a door into the world of this sport and makes us feel more connected.

Frebstra ,

Beach lifeguard approved 👌😉

I love this podcast maybe partly because it is the first podcast or radio show or anything I have found on the topic. I think this show is contributing to setting the definition of open water swimming. I am a long time beach/ocean lifeguard, surfer, and kayaker so I’ve learned to and taught others to swim, rescue, and self rescue with confidence in a lot of water environments including dangerous currents and changing temperatures. I always found getting in the water daily in any form to be helpful for me, and secretly, I just like the swimming part the best. So it has been a joy to hear the guests on this podcast talk about wild open water swimming with such interest and variability. I learned some things, and the idea and world of open water swimming opened wider for me from this podcast.

DW NJ ,

Love it

Love this podcast. Especially during the pandemic, it is so great to hear from so many top swimmers! In addition to felling more connected to this wonderful community, I am also learning a lot

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