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 and save up to 20% on 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.

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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

Ella Foote


Ella is renowned outdoor swimmer and journalist; she has spent her entire life enjoying outdoor water. As well as leading the editorial, digital and experiential outputs for Outdoor Swimmer she is also Director of Dip Advisor, a swim guiding business helping people enjoy wild water. Ella also teaches swimming to children and adults, is an Open Water Coach and RLSS Open Water Lifeguard. An intrepid swim explorer, she is constantly seeking out new rivers, lakes, ponds, seas and pools to plunge into. She enjoys swimming in all seasons and has completed swims like an English Channel relay crossing, 24-hour swim challenge, the Thames Marathon 14k and the Dart 10k, as well as smaller more joyful dips and dunks across the country. You can follow her and her swimming on Instagram.

Contact Ella on ella@outdoorswimmer.com

Jonathan Cowie

Contributing Editor

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

Omie Dale

Omie Dale is the magazine’s outdoor swimming gear and kit tester providing reviews and articles on the website and in the magazine.

Omie is an outdoor swim coach and swim instructor who works to increase access to swimming for underrepresented groups in the sport. She is a director of Swimunity, a Community Interest Company that offers free swimming lessons for children and women in London, as well as free beach days and excursions for families to help them to connect with nature and the outdoors. She is also a teacher for LGBT+ masters club Out to Swim and a host for Mental Health Swims.

Contact Omie at Omie@outdoorswimmer.com

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.

Kirstyn Luton

Marketing and Partnerships Manager

Kirstyn loves everything to do with the water.

Contact Kirstyn at kirstyn@outdoorswimmer.com.