Swimming in the outdoors - lakes and lidos, rivers and oceans, especially the people that swim in them.
Music - 'Noe Noe' by Castro and Vienna Beat by Radio Pink both on Blue Dot Sessions.
Juliet Turnbull and ‘Open Water– Share the Knowledge'’
Juliet Turnbull has set up a group called ‘Open Water – Share the Knowledge’, which is about sharing the open water experience that she and others have, with people newly entering open water swimming. As she puts it, promoting positive use of open water. This is needed, after a hot summer of rising water-based fatalities in the UK. Juliet is otherwise known as the Thames Mermaid, and she swims in the River Thames at Molesey and Thames Ditton almost every day. She has swum the length of the non-tidal Thames across two years, and has many swimming achievements under her belt. A very experienced swimmer indeed. There are several organisations in the UK whose remit is the prevention of anti-drowning, so what makes ‘Open Water- Share the Knowledge’ different? Most importantly, builds on the growing expertise in open water among local users, about open water swimmers and paddle boarders sharing their experience, their local knowledge. In this podcast we talk about river swimming safety, and her ideas for developing ‘Open Water – Share the Knowledge’ alongside other organisations, and with meetings and social media.
Music is Noe Noe and Watercool Quiet, from Bluedot Sessions
Wild Open Swim, with Kath Fotheringham, Fiona Undrill and Darrin Roles
The Wild Open Swim Blog is the brain child of Kath Fotheringham, Darrin Roles and Fiona Undrill. This now sits under the Swim Oxford banner, the organisation run by Darrin, who created the Wild Swim series, known for being set in locations of natural beauty in West Oxfordshire. The blog is a celebration of open water swimming all year and the photographs, words and artwork that it has inspired. Kath lives and works and swims in and around Oxford. Originally from South Africa, she has embraced swimming in the UK. She is a designer by profession. Fiona Undrill is an Oxford-based primary literacy specialist, publisher, author, researcher, and teacher. She writes books to help with young children’s learning to read, and writes compelling blog posts. Darrin, well, he was born in the village of Eynsham, has travelled widely and returned, making this his home for life. He is a man who sees beauty in the local, and the Lock-to-Lock series of events show-cases the River Thames as it flows by this village and on to Oxford. For this podcast, I meet with the three of them in a cafe in Eynsham, to talk about their collective swimming passion, how it has shaped them, and how it drives their collective project.
The music is 'Noe Noe' and 'Watercool Quiet' from Bluedot sessions. Additional music is Darrin Role's own.
Tess and Judy Bird, Daughter and Mother Swimming in Connecticut, New England
Conversations that flow through the water, from mother to daughter and back again, almost dream-like. In this podcast I am in conversation with Tess and Judy Bird, both in New England, daughter and mother, both swimmers, sometimes together, most often not. Judy is a life-long swimmer, former life-guard, with an early excitement about open water that has stayed with her since forever. Tess too is a life-long swimmer.
They share swimming stories with me. Judy – of being in the ocean beyond the breakers, floating, between air and water, where there is a lot of peace. Of swimming in Hawaii with a mother whale and her pup. Of swimming in the Farmington River, going fast and slow all at once, slow on the surface and fast when looking down, an acceleration and deceleration that is completely of the senses, in the mind. Tess talks of a nearby swimming hole by the side of the road in Connecticut where she went with her brother for a spontaneous winter dip, ice cold but before it completely iced over, recovering in the car afterwards. And in childhood of a snake in a deep-nature pond full of pond-life, getting out of the water so quickly to save herself from this creature. Of a water-loving labrador who towed her and her brother around the pond when they were very young. Both Judy and Tess muse on what it has meant to them across the years, swimming, and swimming together, sharing the dreamlike conversations that you have sometimes when in open water. Swimming across a generation. The music is Noe Noe and Watercool Quiet, by Blue Dot Sessions.
Sophie Etheridge, adaptive athlete, and swimming the 21 miles of the Two-Way Windermere
I am truly humbled by Sophie Etheridge, and will never ever complain again about the aches and pains in my joints. Sophie is an adaptive athlete, who developed complex regional pain syndrome after a car knocked her off her bike as she was travelling to triathlon training. Now a wheelchair user, Sophie is tough, determined, an achiever, who won back her swimming identity stroke by stroke, swimming through the pain.
In 2021 she swam the Two-Way Windermere, all 21 miles of it. She set up the Adaptive/Disabled Open Water Swimmers (ADOWS) group on Facebook and was astonished by the demand for open water swimming community among those with disabilities. She has only recently started writing about this life-changing accident and how it felt, and about the huge importance of swimming in her life now. I am honoured that she has been open to sharing her experience here on Swimmingpod. Additional music 'Electricity' by Elton John; sound from the movie 'Billy Elliott'.
Tom Elliott and Richard Flint Talk About Swimming and the Making of Swim-Film ‘As You Lake It’
Tom Elliott and Danny Longman swam all the lakes of the Lake District in four days, and Richard Flint filmed them. In this podcast, Richard, maker of the film ‘As You Lake It’, talks about the process of filming them do it, and Tom talks doing it - swimming the lakes of the Lake District.
Dylan Friedmann - A Year (and counting) of Swimming and Dipping Daily in Lake Ontario, Canada
Toronto-based Dylan Friedmann is an inspiration. She undertook, January 1st, 2021, to swim (or dip) in Lake Ontario every single day of the year to raise money for the charity Kids Help Phone, helping with adolescent mental health in Canada right now when help is needed. Air temperature on some of her dips dips to minus thirty Celsius, the water close on zero. She completed her daily swims in 2020, all 365 of them, and she continues on, swimming and dipping, even when in February she has to dig through the ice for water.
The additional music links are Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams and "Bang the Drum" from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games; Alex Baranowski and “Constellations”.