Alice joins me to speak about her Masters in Public Health, and the important role she believes that outdoor swimming could play in this area.
Like many swimmers I’ve heard about the personal benefits of open water swimming, as well as experiencing this myself. Alice describes how this might work on a wider, population level, and the challenges that might bring. I was really interested to hear about the idea of doctors prescribing outdoor swimming!
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.
Many swimmers – including myself – speak of a new appreciation for swimming, and the release that being in the water gives them, plus a new appreciation for nature after being stuck indoors for so long.
Thank you to Eva, Lisa, Liz H, Liz R, Nadia and Russ for sharing their experiences for this episode.
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 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 the transformative impact swimming had for her, from forcing her to face her fears, to motivating her to get up in the morning. It’s allowed her to connect with her physical self and find a sense of release, or a place of peace, while being held by the water.
Tamsin shares an extract from her book at the end of the episode, and listening to it is like being in the water, swimming alongside her.
Tamsin is a writer and photographer. Her memoir, “I Am An Island” explores the challenges we all face, and is available now.
The podcast is back after a short break! In this episode I talk about why I needed to take a break, and how swimming has helped me with recent life challenges; from allowing me to focus on being in the moment, to making me more resilient.
For more information on the cold water research I mention in this episode, have a look at these articles: