Why open water?

What is open water swimming and why do it?

Open water swimming, also called outdoor or wild swimming, means swimming in a natural or human-made body of water that's open to the elements and untreated with chemicals. It can be lake, sea, tidal pool, river, stream, tarn or loch.

As well as the benefits of swimming for your fitness, coordination and strength, swimming in open water is good for your mental well-being, mood, regulating sleep and appetite. It's joyful, uplifting and good for your self-esteem.

It's also a great leveller. You don't have to be an athlete to enjoy the benefits of swimming outdoors. Young, old, big, small, able-bodied or not it really is an activity for all.