Once you start swimming outdoors you soon realise it is not straightforward. You find you are coming up against issues such as safety and access. Here are some pages on the issues.

Swimming safety

Swim safety in rivers and lakes, and why it is important to be able to and to learn how to do so safely and enjoyably

Drowning prevention campaigns & stats

Bathing water quality

Swimming after rain and in bad weather

Swimming in Tidal Rivers and Estuaries

Download Note: Risks to health and safety of outdoor swimming, and how to mitigate them (Word.doc, 6 pages)

Some pages/notes on risks and benefits of swimming; and more info on risks, finding places, moving on once you get started

Access, legality, landowners

Access and legality

Landowner liability and swimmers

Sixteen reasons why we need UK-wide swimming access in reservoirs

Swimming in clay and gravel lakes (post)

Other advice

Getting Started in Inland Outdoor Swimming

Swimming in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads with links and notes to download on swimming in tidal rivers, getting started in open water, and places to swim in the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.

Bathing in the Brecks: Outdoor Swimming past, present & future

There is a separate section on the website,  OS Brecks, about two projects on outdoor swimming in the Brecks, with one – Healing Waters – focussing on swim safety and access, and the other – Tales from the River – on history, including swim places. These projects are part of The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER), supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

swims and swim places, and related issues