• Book Review – Wild Swimming Dartmoor 18 August 2016 - Our favourite publishers Wild Things Publishing have sent us another book to review, this time a little closer to home covering walks and swims in the beautiful countryside of Dartmoor and South Devon. The authors Sophie Pierce and Matt Newbury share their favourite swim/walks including wild waterfalls, secret lakes, river meadows and sandy seaside secret […]
  • Book Review – Wild Swimming Spain 8 May 2016 - The lovely people at Wild Thing Publishing have sent us another one of their wonderful Wild Swimming books to review. This time John Welle and Lola Culsán explore Spain to discover secluded rock pools and spectacular waterfalls. They start their adventure in the north-west of the country meandering through the lush valleys of Galicia where […]
  • Book Review – Bering Papers 19 January 2016 - Jack Bright’s The Bering Papers describes the epic attempt to swim from Russia to Alaska  crossing the treacherous Bering Straits with a team of international swimmers, the UK being represented by himself and Jackie Cobell. Amongst many things, we find out that this remote part of the world is historically important and politically symbolic, which proved to be both a help and […]
  • Studland Seahorse Swim 3rd July 2 January 2016 - East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club is organising its seventh Seahorse open water swim across Studland Bay, near Swanage on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset. This very popular annual swim is by kind permission of the National Trust and in support of the Seahorse Trust. The event will be held in affiliation with the BLDSA for […]
  • Walk Swim January 2016 16 December 2015 - Philip Nice, organiser of the mighty Swim Walk Facebook Group, is planning two exciting days out for January… Henley Circular walk – 9th January 2016 Seven miles starting and finishing at Henley upon Thames Station. Two swimming opportunities: one near Druids’ Temple; and the other at Temple Island. Trains leave Paddington at  8:42am (change at Twyford) […]
  • Swim Walk December 2015 26 November 2015 - The Swim walk public Facebook group, hosted by Philip Nice, are organising a couple of swimming expeditions for December. The group now boasts over 500 members, and their events are open to anyone who fancies the challenge of some real wild winter, cold water, swimming. Not for the faint hearted, but great fun… 5th Dec – St Neots […]
  • Portishead Popsicle Gala 19th Dec 7 November 2015 - …a gala of cold water swimming If you fancy a festive challenge, a bit of friendly competition and a good excuse to soak in a wood-fired hot tub, drink mulled wine and eat mince-pies then this is the event for you. Booking is via the EventBrite web site. The Portishead Popsicle is a cold water swimming […]
  • Belgium Baudouin Bridge swimming 30 October 2015 - Our bonkers belgium swimming friends have invited us to their 49th Winter Swimming Race across the River Meuse happening on February 28th, 2016. The event takes place between the Baudouin Bridge and Europ Bridge swimming across the Meuse river when the water is colder than 10°C! Registration deadline February 21st 2016. More details from www.traverseedelameuse.be Belgium Baudouin Bridge swimming was […]
  • Swim Lake Windermere at the Big Chill 8 October 2015 - Chill Swim are now taking bookings for their crazy dip in Lake Windermere this coming February Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th. The event consists of individual and relay races, plus an awesome endurance swim on the Sunday. The races take place at the Low Wood Bay Marina, in a pontooned area of the lake with 30m […]
  • Archway Book Reading 25 September 2015 - Two of our favourite swimming book authors will both be reading at Archway Methodist Church, Archway Close, Archway Island, London N19 3TD on Saturday 10th October at 3pm as part of the Archway with Words Festival. Cost of entry is £5 (redeemable on purchace of a book) and can be bought online from WeGotTickets.com. JENNY LANDRETH has spent years exploring […]
  • Tooting Lido celebrates 109 years. 23 September 2015 - Brockwell Swimmers have been invited to enter a team as part of Tooting Lido’s 109th Birthday Celebrations by swimming 109 lengths. Our team takes to the water at 2pm on Saturday 26th September, swimming alternate lengths until all 109 lengths have been completed. Swimmers and supporters most welcome. Day membership  (if not an SLSC member) […]
  • Beautiful Film of Cold Water Swimming 13 May 2015 - There are some absolutely beautiful films on the web at the moment illustrating the joys of cold water swimming, but this 2010 short film from the Faroe Islands takes some beating. Waves – A Portrait of Maria á Heygum – A film by Heiðrik á Heygum. Beautiful Film of Cold Water Swimming was last modified: May […]
  • Thames Baths – a floating lido! 29 April 2015 - Three Londoners, Chris, James and Matt, have dreamt up the fantastic idea of creating a new floating lido in the River Thames. After only 18 months of hard work the plans have been drawn up and a site found. Their vision is to create a swimming lido that reclaims the river, not just for people […]
  • Tumble Turn Tips 25 April 2015 - Ever wanted to know how to tumble turn? We’ve had a trawl through the YouTube archives to find the best video tutorials. All seem to carry these seven basic steps: 1) Maintain speed towards the wall (do not slow down). 2) Cut short your last stroke so that BOTH arms are by your side, palms […]
  • Swim, Bike, Run at Tooting Aquathlon 16 April 2015 - Entry is now open for the Tooting Aquathlon 2015 consisting of a 1000m swim (10 lengths of the pool), a 10K bike ride (3 laps of Tooting Bec Common on road) and a 5K run (2 laps of the Common on pavement and track). You have the choice of four dates: Wednesday 27 May 2015 Wednesday 10 June […]
  • Sally Goble’s last swim at Parliament Hill Lido 13 April 2015 - To finish her epic quest to swim 50 London pools in 50 days Sally will be at Parliament Hill Lido this Saturday morning at 10am and has invited swimmers from all the places she has visited, including Brockwell Lido, to join her for her last mile. Brockwell Swimmers will be travelling up on the 8:46am […]
  • Peckham Rye Lido is reborn 11 April 2015 - Studio Octopi has won an invited competition to draw up plans for a new lido at Peckham Rye in South London The practice competed against East London-based architects practice Red Deer to win the job. Studio Octopi will now work with lido campaign founders Ben Lloyd-Ennals and Jim Glynn, alongside the local community to deliver […]
  • Kings Cross Ponds opens this Spring 1 April 2015 - Of Soil and Water: King’s Cross Pond Club is a new art installation in the form of a natural bathing pond, right in the middle of the King’s Cross development site. The 40 metre long pond has space for over 100 bathers and is entirely chemical free. The water is purified through a natural, closed-loop […]
  • Bathers take over the Turner Gallery 30 March 2015 - “Sea Bathers” Sunday 24th May, 10:30am – 4:00pm at Turner Contemporary Margate (Foyle Rooms) and then Walpole Bay Tidal Pool, Cliftonville. An exciting day of talks and events organised by the South East Archive of Seaside Photography considering how creatives and communities reflect and respond to the sea and swimming. This includes a talk by acclaimed writer and […]
  • International Swimming Events 26 March 2015 - Cold Water Swimming is now a world-wide phenomena with several International Championships taking place. Here is the latest list of events published by International Winter Swimming Association. Perhaps Brockwell Swimmers could send a team? Anyone game? Date from Date to Championship City 7th Nov 2015 7th Nov 2015 THE 7TH OPEN WINTER SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS «JELGAVAS RONI CUP» […]
  • Charity Swims UK 20 February 2015 - We all know the benefits of swimming, but it can also benefit others. Here are some ideas: SWIMATHON 2015 for Marie Curie Brockwell Lido, 17-19th April 2015 Established in 1986, Swimathon is a nationwide swimming challenge that encourages swimmers up and down the UK to swim a variety of challenge distances at their local pool and […]
  • Freestyle Video Tutorials 10 February 2015 - There are an amazing number of video tutorials on YouTube showing various stroke techniques. Here are some showing Freestyle; all show the popular “early catch”arm method which is more energy efficient, streamline and could make you go faster! If you have any favourites videos of your own please let us know. Freestyle Video Tutorials was last modified: April 16th, […]
  • Big Jump Day 12th July 28 January 2015 - Sunday 12th July 2015 is the 10th anniversary of the European Big Jump – a River Swimming Day where tens of thousands of swimmers across Europe will be take a ‘Big Jump’ into their rivers and lakes at the same time, on the same day (2pm, BST). For the fifth year running the Outdoor Swimming […]
  • Them crazy Cold Water Belgians 27 January 2015 - Great meeting Marc Hennau and his band of bonkers Belgians who were visiting Brockwell during the Tooting Swimming Championship weekend. Here is the poster for their mad river swim in Hoy across the River Meuse on 22nd February. Them crazy Cold Water Belgians was last modified: April 3rd, 2015 by brockwellswim_adminshare on...
  • Lake Windermere – Big Chill 27 January 2015 - Back for more!  ‘THE BIG CHILL SWIM 1000’ The Chillswim team are pleased to announce that on Sunday 1st February 2015 we will be hosting our second ‘Big Chill Swim 1000’.  This is a 1000m non-wetsuit swim and will be open to experienced cold water swimmers only. Entries are now closed. Please note that the Big Chill Swim […]
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