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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

Julia Clarke is a staff writer for Adventure.com. She is an author, mountain enthusiast and yoga teacher who loves heading uphill on foot, ski, bike and belay. She recently returned to her hometown of Glasgow, Scotland after 20 years living in the USA, 11 of which were spent in the rocky mountains of Vail, Colorado where she owned a boutique yoga studio and explored the west's famous peaks and rivers. She is a champion for enjoying the outdoors sustainably as well as maintaining balance through rest and meditation, which she explores in her book Restorative Yoga for Beginners, a beginner's path to healing with deep relaxation. She enjoys writing about the outdoors, yoga, wellness and travel. In her previous lives, she has also been a radio presenter, music promoter, university teacher and winemaker.