wildswim.com is not able to assume legal responsibility for it's users. While we are always keen to share our passion for outdoor swimming, all swimmers must be solely responsible for making their own assessment as to the risks involved in any particular swim. For more information on individual responsibility read the Swim Responsibility Statement in wildswim.com Terms & Conditions.

Privacy Policy and Cookies

This Privacy Policy sets out the data processing practices used in connection with wildswim.com (the website). If you have any requests concerning your personal information or any queries with regard to these practices please contact the website manager at wildswim@outdoorswimmingsociety.com

We will obtain and hold personal information about you within the meaning of the Data Protection Act 1998. We would like to make it clear what data we store and how we use it.

Anonymous Usage Data

We collect anonymous usage information from site visitors in order to understand how the website is being used. This allows us to make improvements to the website. This information is tracked using Google Analytics. By using this website you consent to this information being collected in this way. This information does not identify you nor does it incorporate any of your personal information. It simply allows us to get a broad view of activity from all users of the site. This information is not shared with any 3rd parties.

As is standard practice with usage tracking, Google Analytics stores a cookie on your computer to track usage across sessions. This allows us to work out how long users spend on the site and whether they return again, for example. It is entirely anonymous but if you object to this you can disabled cookies for this website (see below for instructions).

Login and User Profiles

You do not need to login to use this website – searching and browsing spots can be done entirely anonymously.

However to access some site features (such as uploading content) we ask you to first login. We do this to allow your content to be attributed to you and to prevent abuse of the website.

To access some site features we ask you to login via Facebook. When you do this we ask your permission for some of your personal information from your Facebook profile, together with your authorisation to carry out certain Facebook actions on your behalf.

The login process is very explicit about the data we request and the authorisation we ask for from Facebook. We have made every attempt to ensure that we only ask for the minimum amount of data and authority needed to use the features on the website.

We store the information and permissions you grant us and use it when you specifically request us to on the website. You can logout of the website at any time and revoke any permissions you have granted via Facebook at any time.

Some of the permissions we ask for when you login and attempt to carry out actions on the website include:

  • basic profile information

This is used on the website to give you credit for your content

  • email address

This is used by the website managers to contact you if your content is reported by other users

  • ability to read and post to groups

This is used on the website to allow you to share spots and swims

  • ability to read and create events

This is used on the website to allow you to create swims

  • ability to post to timeline on their behalf

This is used on the website to allow you to share spots and swims

We store:

  • Your profile information
  • All content you upload to the site
  • A record of the spots you say you have been to – which is used to determine which spots are considered popular


We set a cookie on behalf of Facebook to allow Facebook widgets (like button, comments, etc) to recognise you

We set a cookie for google analytics – to track allow them to track anonymous usage data

We set a session cookie so we don’t have to repeatedly ask you to login

You need to allow cookies for this website to work fully and by using this website with cookies enabled you consent for us to use cookies in the way described above.

If however you would like to disable cookies then please use the following guidelines to do this:

How do I disable Cookies?

If you would prefer to disable Cookies you need to change the browser settings on your computer to reject Cookies.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

  1. Choose “Tools” from the menu at the top of your browser
  2. Click on “Internet Options”
  3. Click on the “Privacy tab”
  4. Select the setting that best suits your needs

For Mozilla Firefox

  1. Choose “Tools” from the menu at the top of your browser
  2. Click on the “Privacy” icon
  3. Select the setting that best suits your needs

Google Chrome

  1. Click the spanner icon on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select “Settings”
  3. Select “Show advanced settings”
  4. Select the setting that best suits your needs


  1. Choose “Preferences” from your toolbar
  2. Select “Privacy”

Select the setting that best suits your needs

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