Taking the Plunge

Taking the Plunge



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Wild swimming changes lives. The thrill of plunging - or dipping a toe - into open water brings joy, confidence, adventure and friendship. It can wash away stress and sadness, pain and grief. Here water is a great healer, a place to feel gloriously, elementally alive and in touch with yourself, with others and with nature.

Full of life-affirming personal stories and breath-taking images of scenery and swimmers, Taking the Plunge celebrates the remarkable wild swimming community. Now you too can immerse yourself in its energy, courage and irresistible joie de vivre!

With practical advice on how wild swimming works and how to get started - from what you'll need (cossie and a smile!) to where best to go (rivers, oceans, lochs, lakes . . .) - there s never been a better time to take the plunge. 

Product Details

Published: 7th November 2019
Format: Hardback 185x247mm
Extent: 256 pages
ISBN: 9781785302688


ANNA DEACON has worked as a photographer for over a decade following a career in the music industry in London. Her photographic work has been published in The Times, The Scotsman, The Herald, Hood, The Big Issue, Refinery 29, Sunday Post and Outdoor Swimmer, and many others. She loves to photograph the great outdoors and enjoys portrait and documentary work. Anna has organised community swims, beach cleans, and fundraising for mental health charities within the swimming community. 

VICKY ALLAN is an award-winning journalist and author. A staff writer for the Herald on Sunday, her work has also appeared in The Times, Daily Express, Vogue, GQ, the Guardian and Scotland on Sunday. She has won awards for her travel writing, features writing and for her articles campaigning against violence against women. Her novel Stray is currently being adapted as a feature film. She has always loved the outdoors and wild places.


'Dip into this beautiful book, and understand the healing nature of wild swimming before you have even taken that first plunge' MIRANDA HART

'This book is a joy!' JO WHILEY, BBC Radio 2

'Wow! What a book. This is an emotional description of what we wild swimmers know and love. So familiar are the stories that I feel I know them all personally; if I haven't uttered the words myself, I have probably thought them often. Lived it, loved it. Fabulous.' BETH FRENCH, marathon swimmer and inspirational speaker

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