Why do so many of us step into the water? Compiled and edited by Rachel Jones, Toes in the Water explores the life-affirming and healing power of wild swimming. With insights from a wide range of swimmers, the book explores the community around wild swimming, interwoven with the mental and physical health benefits which swimmers gain from it.
Why do so many of us step into the water? Compiled and edited by Rachel Jones, Toes in the Water explores the life-affirming and healing power of wild swimming. With insights from a wide range of swimmers, the book explores the community around wild swimming, interwoven with the mental and physical health benefits which swimmers gain from it. The featured swimmers share the connection they feel with the natural world, and how this can lead to a positive impact on the environment around them. Packed full of inspiring stories, Toes in the Water is a book that could change your life.
The featured swimmers include open-water coach and year-round outdoor swimmer Ella Foote, who describes how the swimming community has supported her and given her skills and confidence in the outdoors; meanwhile, Beth Pearson, co-director of the Outdoor Swimming Society, explains the motivation behind and evolution of creating a wild swimming community. Also, Yorkshire-based wild swimming guide Les Peebles reflects on how healing he finds being in the water and how much joy he finds in helping others to discover wild swimming; and Lindsey Cole, mermaid, adventurer and environmental campaigner, explains how she raises awareness of river pollution through storytelling and activism.
Rachel Jones is a keen wild swimmer, a Mental Health Swims host, helps to run Hampshire Open Water Swimmers and is a member of the Friends of the Itchen Estuary and Stop the Sewage Southsea. She swims every day, enjoying the connection to nature as well as the cold water. When Rachel isn’t swimming, she is a SEND teacher and a busy parent. She is also a keen photographer and credits swimming with helping to keep her sane and happy. She has completed the 365 Challenge, swimming outdoors every day of the year to raise money for charity. Rachel has written two innovative books on pedagogy; Toes in the Water is her first book outside that field. @rlj1981
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