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Create a Festive Open Water storm this Christmas

Are you taking to the open water this Christmas? There are a huge number of events happening across the country over the festive period, with all manner of swims for people of different abilities.

80 festive swims listed on the Outdoor Swimming Society website

For indoor swimmers, the idea of plunging into cold water during the winter months might be enough to make their hair stand on end, but it’s not just the brave or fearless who are taking part. It is anticipated that over 10,000 people will compete in some cold water swimming at one of 80 festive swims listed nationwide according to the Outdoor Swimming Society.

Perhaps it is the appeal of the camaraderie and high spirits, the notion of swimming in fancy dress, the opportunity to fundraise or simply the thrill of doing something different which draws people in.

We want to know who is getting involved over the festive period. We want to find the most inspirational, the most impressive and the most intriguing competitors from across the UK, whether you are doing the swim for charity, wearing a wacky outfit, as a family tradition, with colleagues or simply for the love of the sport and the outdoors.

We want to create an #OpenWater storm across social media, to share with those people who are not getting involved the reasons why they should reconsider. Send us your pictures and stories to our news inbox, Tweet your photos and videos to us, post them on Facebook or on Instagram and help us to spread the word about this fantastic sport.

Help us create an open water storm on social media

If we get enough pictures, we will create a Festive Open Water montage which we will send out across social media, but also copies to all of those people who got involved!

We want to see:

  • The oldest Festive Open Water swimmers
  • The most dedicated Festive Open Water swimmers
  • The best fancy dress outfits
  • Swimming through the generations (family activity)
  • Swimming for charity

Tag us in your photos, videos, posts and blogs:

Remember to use the hashtag #FestiveOpenWater

Or send in your pictures and stories via email to