Wild Swim Podcast
Swimming the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz

Swimming the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz

May 13, 2020

I share my once in a lifetime experience of swimming from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz. Not quite the route of the legendary swim from the prison, but close enough (I'll have to go back one day!)

I can't swim right now due to lockdown conditions, but I can reminisce about swimming! From being so nervous I didn't want to go, to being in the water and seeing these two iconic landmarks from a very different perspective. 

Sara Barnes: Winter swimming

Sara Barnes: Winter swimming

February 26, 2020

Lake District swimmer Sara Barnes shares why winter swimming means so much to her.

Sara started cold water swimming as therapy and as way to continue to experience her beloved Lake District landscape.

In this episode she talks about how the bravery needed to get into the water in the colder months pays off when you swim under a rainbow, as well as how to warm back up again after a swim.

Matt Williams: Swimming the Lakes

Matt Williams: Swimming the Lakes

November 22, 2019

Adventurer Matt Williams on his incredible challenge to be the first person to swim every lake in the Lake District!

Matt shares his feelings ahead of the challenge - and how he needs more socks! Then we catch up again to find out how he got on, and the unexpected highs and lows on the journey.

Matt's raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MattWilliamsDoesSomeStuff

Swimming the Dart 10k

Swimming the Dart 10k

October 11, 2019

My experience of my first marathon swim, swimming the Dart 10k from (very early!) start to finish. I got really lucky with perfect conditions that definitely made it easier than it could have been. In this episode I talk about the highs and lows of the swim and my thoughts on finishing the challenge.

I'm still accepting sponsorship: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jades-dart10k

 

 

Training for the Dart 10k

Training for the Dart 10k

September 8, 2019

With the Dart 10k a week away, I share my training story. From a reality check from Karen Smith, to trying not to hate my wetsuit, and how I'm feeling about the event now it's here (eek!)

Simon Griffiths: Training for swim events

Simon Griffiths: Training for swim events

August 8, 2019

Simon Griffiths is the founder of Outdoor Swimmer magazine. He takes part in swimming events around the world and this summer he’s planning a 21km swim along a lake in Sweden.

In this episode, Simon shares his experience of open water swimming events, including how he trains for these big swim challenges, what keeps him motivated during training, and what to expect on event day. 

Karen Smith: The power of community

Karen Smith: The power of community

July 14, 2019

Karen Smith is a strong advocate for the positive effect that swimming can have on mental health and believes learning to swim has changed her life.

In this episode, Karen talks about the community at her lido, Parliament Hill, and how she's found friends across the country through a shared passion for swimming.

Your first outdoor swim

Your first outdoor swim

May 25, 2019

If you're thinking of going for your first outdoor swim, it can seem pretty daunting. In this episode I talk about how I overcame my fears and got in the water for my first ever outdoor swim, plus the advice and tips I've picked up since then - including how to deal with monsters.

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Swimming in cold water

Swimming in cold water

April 7, 2019

Cold water swimming has become a bit of a hot topic, but what do you need to know before diving in? (Hint: Don't dive in!) This episode has advice from swimmers around the world, as well as my top tips for cold water swimming.

Thanks to the swimmers in this episode: David, Eva, Karen, Kirrilee, Liz, Lou, Markus and Ruth for sharing your cold water tips. And thanks to Lou and Sue for letting me record our swim!

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Liz Roe: A great day out

Liz Roe: A great day out

January 29, 2019

A dedicated open water swimmer, Liz loves the freedom swimming outdoors gives and loves to encourage others into the water to experience this for themselves. In this interview Liz talks about her move from triathlon to longer swims, and her journey to becoming an open water swim coach and helping others get into the water. Liz has set up her own website charting her swimming adventures: https://www.lakeslidoslanes.com/