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Volunteers sought for study on impact of outdoor swimming on mood and mental health

The University of Portsmouth and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are launching a study to look at the impact of outdoor cold-water swimming on people’s mood and mental health.

They are looking for volunteers to take part in free swimming courses at three different locations in England:

  • Parliament Hill Lido (Hampstead Heath, London) – September, Mondays and Thursdays
  • Lenches Lake (Worcestershire) – September or April, Friday mornings
  • Saunton Beach (Devon) – September or May, Saturday mornings.

These sessions are free of charge. They are for people living with symptoms of depression, who are either new to outdoor swimming or have limited experience.

Register your interest or find out more by emailing spnt.outside@nhs.net, by visiting the OUTSIDE research study website or by scanning the QR code below.


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.