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As of 2019, there are 50+ social swim groups around the UK - community groups of tens to hundreds of people who get together to swim, at their own risk - no payment, no water safety, with everyone taking care of themselves.

Being the member of a group can vastly increase the range and types of swims people go on (and often forges strong 'swim family' friendships).

In recent years some have had to hide, for the volume of new swimmers joining them overwhelms them. Others are still happy to be known to new members. This collection is only of the groups open to being listed. So if you are looking for swim buddies in your area read on!

There is a parallel listing guide on https://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/uk-wild-swimming-groups/ which is updated regularly.

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Swims in this collection

  1. HOWS (Hampshire Open Water Swimmers)

    Swim group swimming at various locations in Hampshire including Withymead and River Itchen. Contact name Joanne Kitchener. Further info see Facebook group.

  2. OSS Windsor and Maidenhead

    Swim group swimming at various locations around Jubilee River, Taplow. Swims Sundays 8.30am plus ad hoc. Further info see Facebook group.

  3. Cairngorm Wild Swimmers

    Swim group swimming at various locations in the Cairngorms National Park and Lock Morlich (beach end). Further info see Facebook group.

  4. Wiltshire Wild Swim

    Swim group swimming at Bradford-on-Avon, Farleigh Hungerford, Avoncliff and Tellisford. Contact names Kristy Field & Sarah Webb. Further info see Facebook group or Instagram...

  5. Tidal Thames Swim

    Swim group swimming in the Thames at Black Lion Steps, Hammersmith. Contact name Jonathan Bramley. Further info see 'Outdoor Fitness Collective' website or Facebook group.

  6. Beyond the Blue

    Swim group swimming at Shore Rd, Poole, Dorset. Contact names Sally Bird/Lisa Aqua Nut. Further info see Facebook group.

  7. West Berkshire Open Water Swimmers

    Swim group swimming in the Thames at Basildon near Reading, Pangbourne and Newbury. Further info see Facebook group.

  8. Taunton Open Water Swimmers (TOWS)

    Swim group swimming at various locations around Taunton. Contact names Sanchia Reed, Kris White, Jo Quick & Sian Kelly. Further info see Facebook group....

  9. The Bathing Station

    Swim group swimming at French Weir Park, Taunton (by the COACH building). Contact names Sian Kelly, Sue Shelbourne & Joanne Robertson. Thurs evenings 5.30pm. ...

  10. Eastbourne Sea Swimmers

    Swim group swimming in the Sea from beach opposite Langham Hotel, Eastbourne. Contact names Chris Brooks, Holly Manktelow & Colin Tallowin. Swims every weekend plus...

  11. Cliff Lakes

    Swim group swimming at Tamworth, Staffordshire. Contact name Caroline Esme Saxon. Saturday morning winter swimming. Further info see Facebook group.

  12. Swim and Tonic

    Swim group swimming at Dosthill, River Avon and Lidos. Contact name Mel Smith. Further info see Facebook group.

  13. Fabulous Leeds Outdoor Swimmers (FLOWS)

    Swim group swimming at various locations around Leeds. Further info see Facebook group.

  14. Kirklees and Penistone Outdoor Wild Swimmers (KAPOWS)

    Swim group swimming around Penistone and Holmfirth. Further info see Facebook group.

  15. Sheffield OUtdoor Plungers (SOUP)

    Swim group swimming around broader Sheffield area and Peak District plus Crookes Valley Park. Contact name Owen Hayman/Haeman. Further info see Facebook group.

  16. Morecambe & Lancaster Lancashire Open Water Swimmers (MALLOWS)

    Swim group swimming at River Lune, Morecambe Bay & Capernwray Quarry. Contact name Jon Gibirdi. Further info see Facebook group (set to secret so contact...

  17. Henley Open Water Swimming Club (HOWSC)

    Swim group swimming in the Henley/Marlow area. Contact names Andy Lane, Mark Plested & Jeni Orme. Further info see www.howsc.co.uk or Facebook group.

  18. OSS Thames Group

    Swim group swimming in the Thames at Oxford/Reading. Contact name Jeremy Wellingham. Further info see Facebook group.

  19. Wild Swimming Teignbridge

    Swim group swimming at Teignmouth, Dawlish, Shaldon, Torquay, Dartmoor & Totnes. Contact name Ruth Smyth-Bonfield. Further info see Facebook group.

  20. Alnwick & Amble District Open Water Swimmers

    Swim group swimming at places between Amble and Bamburgh. Contact name Jane Hardy. Further info see Facebook group.

  21. Blyth and District All Season Swimmers (BADASS)

    Swim group swimming at Blyth Beach and various locations in Northumberland. Further info see Facebook group.

  22. Fausto Bathing Club

    Swim group swimming at Roker Beach, Sunderland. Swims Sundays 10.30am, Thurs 6.30pm plus ad hoc. Further info see Facebook group.

  23. North East Open Water Swimmers (NEOWS)

    Swim group swimming at Ellerton Lake, Bishopton Lake, River Tees and North Sea. Further info see Facebook group.

  24. Norfolk and Suffolk Open Water Swimmers

    Swim group swimming at Sea Palling, Norfolk (under lifeguard hut). Swim time various, Monday evenings in summer and 8am Sunday all year round. Further info...

  25. Edinburgh Wild Swimming Meetup Group

    Swim group swimming at various locations around Edinburgh. Further info see http://meetu.ps/c/3FGhM/zxzXC/a

  26. Hebridean Sea Swimmers

    Swim group swimming at various locations in the Hebrides. Contact name Colin S Macleod. Further info see Facebook group.

  27. Loch Leven (Glencoe) Open Water Swimmers

    Swim group swimming near Isle of Glencoe Hotel. Further info see Facebook group.

  28. Loch Tay Open Water Swimmers

    Swim group swimming at Loch Tay, Killin. Further info see Facebook group.

  29. Orkney Polar Bears

    Swim group swimming around Orkney locations. Further info see Facebook group.

  30. Shetland Open Water Swimming (Selkies)

    Swim group swimming at locations around Shetland Islands. Further info see Facebook group.

  31. Wild Ones Edinburgh

    Swim group swimming at locations around Edinburgh including Portobello Beach. Further info see Facebook group.

  32. #ChesterFrosties

    Swim group swimming at Chester river Dee, Hatchmere, Hanmer Mere, N.Wales Mountain & Coast. Contact name Dianne Parrish. Further info see Facebook group.

  33. Wye Not Swim?

    Swim group swimming at various locations along the River Wye. Contact name Hayley Frapwell. Further info see Facebook group.

  34. Brompton Belles & Beaux Dippers

    Swim group swimming at Brompton Old Harbour (aka Jenny Watts' Cover), Bangor, County Down, N.Ireland. Contact name Marie-Therese Davis-Hanson and Stephen Hanson. Swims weekdays...

  35. South Wales Outdoor Swimming

    Swim group swimming at various locations in South Wales. Further info see Facebook group.

  36. Happy Wild Swimming Wales

    Swim group swimming at various locations in Wales. Further info see Facebook group.

  37. Wild Swimming in the Yorkshire Dales

    Swim group swimming at various locations in the Yorkshire Dales. Further info see Facebook group.

  38. Wild Swimming - Derbyshire, UK

    Swim group swimming at various locations in Derbyshire. Further info see Facebook group.

  39. Nottingham/Derby OW Swimmers

    Swim group swimming at various locations near Nottingham and Derby. Further info see Facebook group.

  40. Wild Swimming - West Country, Somerset, Dorset, Cornwall

    Swim group swimming at various locations in South West UK. Further info see Facebook group.

  41. Clevedon Lake and Sea Swimmers

    Swim group swimming at Clevedon Marine Lake and Clevedon Pier. Further info see Facebook group.

  42. Donaghadee Chunky Dunkers Swimming Gang

    Every day at high tide from the public slipway, Donaghadee (opposite the Donaghadee Yacht Club). A great bunch of friendly people who love dunking in...

  43. SLOTHS (South Lincolnshire Outdoor Temperature Hardened Swimmers)

    Swim group swimming at various locations in South Lincolnshire. Further info see Facebook group.

  44. Stone Cold Swimmers

    Swim group swimming at Hampstead Ponds and Lido. Contact name Leo Krikhaar. Swim time 11am. Further info see Instagram account.

  45. Lake District Open Water Swimmers

    Swim group swimming at various locations in Lake District. Contact names Andrea Kelly and Pete Kelly. Further info see Facebook group.

  46. Surrey Outdoor Swimming

    Swim group swimming at various locations in Surrey. Further info see Facebook group.

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