About Outdoor Swimmer

Outdoor Swimmer is the magazine for outdoor swimmers by outdoor swimmers. Launched in 2011, our mission has always been to provide inspiration for people who swim outdoors and to help our readers live healthier and happier lives through outdoor swimming.

Our aim is to bring you the best outdoor swimming has to offer, from fabulous swimming locations, amazing challenges and the best training advice. So, whether you're new to the sport and looking for advice on getting started or an old hand after some training tips, you'll find the information you need between our pages. Or, if you're more of a leisure swimmer, you'll love our destination features, top spots and holiday ideas. Our readers come from all around the globe. They call themselves wild swimmers, sea swimmers, ice swimmers, outdoor swimmers, marathon swimmers or just plain swimmers. Some are young, others are young at heart, but they all love open water swimming.

We publish Outdoor Swimmer magazine monthly. You can subscribe to the print magazine from anywhere in the world or you can read us digitally on your PC, iPad or Android device.

Even if you don't (yet) swim outside you'll still enjoy our inspirational stories and training advice, and hopefully we can help you get out of that chlorinated box.

We are a small, independent company and we rely on the support of our readers and advertising partners to produce high quality, relevant and inspiring content for swimmers.

If you're interested in advertising with us, please refer to our Media Pack

The Team

Simon Griffiths

Founder & publisher

Simon is a frequent and enthusiastic outdoor swimmer who has swum the length of Coniston, the length of Windermere and the Solent. He's also been a national masters champion in the pool over the much shorter distance of 200m. He started Outdoor Swimmer (H2Open at the time) after working as a freelance contributor to Triathlete's World magazine and realising that there was no publication dedicated to the fast-growing audience of outdoor swimmers.

Contact Simon on simon@outdoorswimmer.com

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Jonathan Cowie


Jonathan is a year-round skins swimmer with a particular love of very cold water! He is a qualified open water coach. His 2020 goal is to complete some classic long distance swims, such as Windermere. He particularly likes challenges that combine swimming with his love of trail running. His Outdoor Swimmer motto: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Contact Jonathan on jonathan@outdoorswimmer.com

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Joanne Jones

I’m Jo, 25 and I’m an avid open water swimmer- happiest in lakes rivers, and of course, the sea (as long as it’s above 10 degrees). As well as working with Outdoor Swimmer I’m a qualified swimming teacher, and it warms my heart to be able to share my sport with children and adults helping at all stages of their swimming journey.

I swam the English Channel solo in 2017, after being inspired by swimming a relay in 2009, as well as several more scenic open water swim races including Windermere, Brownsea Island, Seahorse Swim and countless swims in Dover, Berkshire Lakes, the Thames, and Bournemouth.

I love the community, the challenge, and the joy of swimming outdoors- as well as the endorphins and sense of achievement which makes it my favourite way to keep fit.

While not training as arduously as in recent years I’ll still fit in as many swims as I can enjoying the lakes, rivers, lidos and seas.

Contact Joanne at Joanne@outdoorswimmer.com

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