Wild Swim Groups: The UK List

Outdoor swimming groups are informal, voluntary and depend upon the responsible behaviour of all their members. The groups rely on members to lead by example by being responsible in the choice and use they make of swim spots, and to support the local authorities and communities to keep places clean and safe.

Anyone who wants to join a swim group needs to be ready to take responsibility for themselves and do their own risk assessment before getting in – to swim within their own abilities.

This social and legal bedrock of social swim groups is enshrined in the OSS Swim Responsibility Statement. If we want to swim wild and free, without payment and lifeguards, then we have a responsibility to ourselves, (and our families, swimming groups, landowners and more) to take care of ourselves as we do so, and to swim within our abilities.