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.
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
More info: What you might want to know if you have just started swimming outdoors (detailed note, with index)
Understanding Drowning Statistics, on the Outdoor Swimming Society website, covers some of the issues and adds further analysis on the risk level of swimming. See also older article, Drowning prevention campaigns & stats
Page on Bathing water quality with more links and info
Taking responsibility for your own safety is part of the Outdoor Swimmers Code
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; and a shorter and simpler key info Q&A with key info on swimming safely.
Access, legality, landowners
Page on Access and legality, including the OSS guide and much more
(Download) National Water Safety Forum’s Water Safety principles, https://www.nationalwatersafety.org.uk/media/1151/water-safety-principles.pdf
Other issues and info
Presentation at VSG guidance launch on swimming responsibly and landowners engaging with swimmers
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.