EXTRA,  FEATURES,  September 2023,  View from the Water

The importance of a swimming community

Simon Griffiths reflects on what makes swimming communities special, and how you can make them even better.

As swimmers, we often see each other ungroomed, whether that’s in a skin-tight costume with bedraggled hair or wrapped, shivering, under multiple unshapely layers. Swimming also exposes us in many other ways.

I created Outdoor Swimmer in 2011 (initially as H2Open Magazine) as an outlet for my passion for swimming outdoors. I've been a swimmer and outdoor swimmer for as long as I remember. Swimming has made a huge difference to my life and I want to share its joys and benefits with as many people as possible. I am also the author of Swim Wild & Free: A Practical Guide to Swimming Outdoors 365 a Year and I provide one-to-one support to swimmers through Swim Mentoring.