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 has competed in ice swimming competitions around the world. He is a qualified open water coach with a particular love of introducing new swimmers to the open water. His next challenge is to complete some classic British long distance swims, such as Windermere. When not injured he loves swimrun and has taken competed in various Ötillö and Breca swimrun events. His Outdoor Swimmer motto: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Contact Jonathan on jonathan@outdoorswimmer.com

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Ella Foote

Contributing Editor

Ella Foote is a swimming journalist and year-round outdoor swimmer. Her local spot to swim is a hidden medieval pond that she has to scramble through bushes to get to. She mostly swims in the rivers around Surrey, Berkshire, Bucks and Oxfordshire. She has completed swims like an English Channel relay crossing, the Thames Marathon 14k and the Dart 10k, as well as smaller more joyful dips and dunks across the country. In 2018 she became an Open Water Lifeguard and launched Dip Advisor. An intrepid swim explorer, she is constantly seeking out new rivers, lakes, ponds, seas and pools to plunge into. Famously, Ella annually dips every day of December, you can follow her and her swimming on Instagram.

Contact Ella on ella@outdoorswimmer.com

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Luke Chamberlain

Assistant Editor

Luke is relatively new to outdoor swimming, having joined the editorial team at Outdoor Swimmer in November 2019. Since joining, he has braved cold water swimming in the Lakes, has taken on the Henley Mile and next year hopes to swim the Thames Marathon. Outside of swimming, he is a keen squash player and general sport enthusiast.

Contact Luke at Luke@outdoorswimmer.com

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Yvonne Turner

Business Development

Yvonne comes to Outdoor Swimmer with a background in health, family and sports marketing and with a love of the live events and festivals that surround them. She has both competed in, and marketed endurance sports, most recently triathlon, and she now finds herself in the world of outdoor swimming. She says 'practice what you preach' and isn't afraid to take on the same challenges that Outdoor Swimmer and its sponsors ask of its readers every month.

Contact Yvonne at Yvonne@outdoorswimmer.com

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