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New online resource for wild swimmers aimed at safety and information sharing

Smiling swimmers resting during open water swim
As a result of the pandemic, people in the UK have taken to wild swimming in unprecedented numbers (Image credit: Thomas Barwick)

Wild swimmers in Scotland can look forward to a new online tool designed to help them find and share information on wild swimming locations in Scotland.

The five-month project, which is expected to be completed in early 2022, is being developed by The University of the Highlands and Islands and SwimWild, a company which promotes confidence and skill building on open water.

As a result of the pandemic, people in the UK have taken to wild swimming in unprecedented numbers. Proponents of wild swimming point to studies suggesting it lowers blood pressure and even help with symptoms of depression.

Two people in wetsuits running into the water at sunset

The project has received funding from the Scottish government and will give users an opportunity to share information on the accessibility of swimming locations (Image credit: Johner Images)

SwimWild founder Alice Goodridge told the BBC that in addition to promoting the benefits of wild swimming, the emphasis of the resource will be on safety.

"I am constantly being asked about safe swim locations and local swim groups as well as general safety information regarding swimming outdoors,” said Goodrich, adding "I think a portal that can help people find the answers they are looking for and provide better access to location-based information about swim safety in Scotland is severely lacking at the moment."

This past summer saw a series of tragic drownings take place in Scotland’s lochs as well as offshore.

The project has received funding from the Scottish government and will give users  an opportunity to share information on the accessibility of swimming locations, and also rate their experience.

For another resource, check out our guide to wild swimming equipment for more details on how to build your kit.

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Advnture.com and the author of the book Restorative Yoga for Beginners. She loves to explore mountains on foot, bike, skis and belay and then recover on the the yoga mat. Julia graduated with a degree in journalism in 2004 and spent eight years working as a radio presenter in Kansas City, Vermont, Boston and New York City before discovering the joys of the Rocky Mountains. She then detoured west to Colorado and enjoyed 11 years teaching yoga in Vail before returning to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland in 2020 to focus on family and writing.