Outdoor Swimming Society


The Outdoor Swimming Society was founded in 2007 by Kate Rew, author of Wild Swim (published shortly after Wild Swimming in 2008).

The Outdoor Swimming Society (OSS) builds upon ‘Breastrokes’, a charity swim that used to be organised in the Lake District. These no longer run but the Great North Swim now offer an exciting and challangeing opportunity for those looking to try longer distance outdoor swimming with a society or with support.

The Outdoor Swimming Society (OSS) orgaises an annual Christmas dip party with hot tub at the Parliament Hill Lido in Hamsptead.

The Outdoor Swimming Society also provides on advice on organising social swims around the country and collects infromation on places to swim.

Together with about 100 other organisations, the Outdoor Swimming Society recently provded evidence to the Welsh Assembly Sustaiability Committee who are investigating river access in Wales.

The Outdoor Swimming Society follows in the footsteps of the River and Lake Swimming Association, founded in 2003.

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