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Outdoor Swimmer launches Spring Clean

Spend 10 minutes cleaning your favourite swim spot this Easter

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We hate litter. Not only does it look ugly, it’s harmful to the flora and fauna that we share our water with. Unfortunately, whether you swim in a river, lake or ocean, there’s almost certainly litter around, whether it’s been left there by inconsiderate picnickers or been carried in by the wind or currents.

As outdoor swimmers, we literally immerse ourselves in the environment. Encounters with litter are at best unpleasant. They can even be dangerous. So, this Easter, let’s clean up and make swimming outdoors better for everyone.

What do you need?

  • Bin liner
  • Thick gloves (for safety) and/or litter picker device
  • Stout shoes (in case you stand on broken glass)
  • Camera or smart phone

What to do

We recommend collecting rubbish on land next to your swim spot rather than going into the water. If you can remove rubbish from the water safely using a litter picker, that’s also fine. Collect as much as you can in 10 minutes (feel free to spend more time if you like), bag it up in bin liners and dispose of it properly.

We’d like to share our spring clean as much as possible on social media so please take before and after pictures as well as pictures of what you collect and especially any unusual items. Please post these on our Facebook page (, Tweet them to us at @outdoor_swimmer using #OutdoorSwimmerSpringClean or send them to us at

Safety notes

While we assume you can all swim, collecting rubbish on a river bank or by a lake has the potential to result in an unexpected dip if you slip and fall. Please take care and preferably work in pairs. Be particularly careful with broken glass and sharp metal edges. Consider wrapping dangerous items in newspaper or cardboard before disposing of them.

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