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By SwimOut Podcast

We believe swimming is more than just a past-time, it's about ecology, creativity, conquering personal demons and redefining the limits of endurance. We’re Hunter and Vicki, two London based outdoor swimmers who met while training to swim the English Channel in 2019. Our podcast is about the heroes, the eccentrics, the spaces, the untold stories and adventures of wild swimming.
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UNCERTAINTY: Series 2 Episode 1

SwimOutApr 15, 2021

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Chloe McCardel- Queen of the Channel: S4E3

Chloe McCardel- Queen of the Channel: S4E3

In this episode Vicki meets Chloe McCardel who is the Queen of the Channel - she has swum the English Channel forty four times which is more times than any other person. Also she holds the record for the longest ever sea swim at 124.4 kilometers, taking 41 hours in the Bahamas. She is swimming royalty but also a passionate supporter of Women's rights, always ready to call out injustice.  

Vicki spends a day with Chloe in Weymouth finding out about her swimming, her past and what she is up to in Dorset this summer with her new boat Channel Queen.


Apr 26, 202339:53
The Relay swim: S4E2
Apr 08, 202343:32
The challenge of cold water swimming: S4E1

The challenge of cold water swimming: S4E1

In this edition of the SwimOut podcast we explore the challenge of swimming in cold water.

Join Vicki and Jonathan as they talk about thier swimming exploits in Morocco and Cheltenham. Vicki talks to Ger Kennedy about swimming in Antarctica and how it feels to be in water that cold and how to recover. Plus Jonty Warneken and Michelle Lane talk about competing in Team Ice GB.

Mar 08, 202346:50
The Team: Extra Special Episode

The Team: Extra Special Episode

In this edition of the SwimOut podcast we explore the people behind the big swim, the unsung heroes of open water who enable swimmers to undertake their amazing feats.

Join Vicki Carter and Jonathan Cowie as they chat to Padraig Mallon - North Channel Pilot from Infinity Channel swimming, Ros Bailey partner of Hells Mouth Swimmer Frank Chalmers and Elaine Howley who likes to give back to the open water community and crewed for Sarah Thomas on her 4 way crossing. Plus listener and all round amazing swimmer Jaimie Monahan tells us where she likes to swim as does Fiona McDonald, previous presenter of SwimOut.

Dec 16, 202237:22
Peace: Special Edition with Lynne Cox

Peace: Special Edition with Lynne Cox

Our latest offering is a very special edition of SwimOut all about Peace. We welcome new presenter Jonathan Cowie from Outdoor Swimmer magazine spreading his podcasting wings for the first time. We are joined by the legendary swimmer and writer Lynne Cox. She first rose to fame when she broke the English Channel record aged 15, and went on to break many more. Her mission to broker peace between Russia and the USA by swimming the Bering Strait in 1987 remains a groundbreaking achievement. Still actively engaged with swimming she has just published a book about swimming with dogs as well as setting up a swim in April to help the people of Ukraine. We also discuss Ukraine and peace with the ever passionate Jackie Cobell who is raising money to help Ukrainians. And Vicki and Jonathan share their favourite swim spots.

Jul 12, 202240:36
The Big One: Series 2 Episode 6

The Big One: Series 2 Episode 6

In the final episode of this series Hunter and Vicki are joined by the founder of WOWSA, Steven Munatones, and Gareth Jones who recently completed an EPIC 60 kilometre swim over Wales' wildest water. We're also joined by the the legendary Jackie Cobell who has the impressive (if undesirable) accolade of the longest ever channel swim. Plus, we catchup with our favourite fan Rick Cipolla. 

Dec 09, 202140:35
Access: Series 2 Episode 5

Access: Series 2 Episode 5

This month Hunter is joined by guest presenter Omie Dale to discuss access and inclusion in aquatics. 


We hear from bathing historian George Townsend about sociological barriers, such as gender and race, in the 19th century. Omie talks to the founder of Swimunity, whose mission is to make the joy of swimming accessible to all communities following the Grenfell Tower disaster. And Vicki has a special report on the state of disability in open water aquatics. 

Oct 21, 202133:37
The Mind: Series 2 Episode 4

The Mind: Series 2 Episode 4

Hunter and Vicki delve into The Mind. The mind can be your best friend and your worst enemy on a long swim. It can soothe and wash away your troubles; it can also disrupt and ruin your flow.

In this episode we meet Cliff Golding; after 5 years and 6 failed attempts Cliff finally tamed his demons and successfully crossed the English Channel - he tells us his secret. Sarah Kennedy Norquoy lives in the Orkney isles and tells us how swimming helped her recover from grief and we catch up with Mental Health Swims about raising mental health awareness. Last but not least, we speak to two Paralympian's about their mental health journeys in the lead-up to Tokyo.

Sep 02, 202142:30
Journeys: Series 2 Episode 3

Journeys: Series 2 Episode 3

Vicki and Mikey explore Journeys. We hear from Cath Pendleton, who holds the Guinness World Record for the Most Southerly Ice Swim (female) in Antarctica, but she also likes Mermaiding and chitty chatting.  Mikey leaps out of his sound booth to present this week and speaks to Sal Minty-Gravett, the oldest woman to do a 2-way English Channel swim. John Coningham-Rolls from SwimQuest tells us all about his passion for empowering people to start their swimming journey and stop punching below their weight. We all did a Pier to Pier swim and Hunter pops in to tell his story. Finally Vicki wants to follow her father down the River Avon on a very special Journey.

Jul 16, 202136:34
The Environment : Series 2 Episode 2
May 28, 202141:21
UNCERTAINTY: Series 2 Episode 1
Apr 15, 202142:50
Episode 8: ICE
Dec 28, 202047:46
Episode 7: The Wellness Factor

Episode 7: The Wellness Factor

Hunter and Vicki explore how open water swimming can help with your Wellness.

We cast our net far and near. Finding happy swimmers donning Burkinis in Sydney and wetsuits in Lake Geneva. We also visit top London swim spots at Hampstead and the Serpentine. We talk to the man who made the film The Ponds about the Hampstead Ponds and we sit on the Heath to discuss the impact Channel swimming has had on our Wellness. We hope that it makes you happy too.

Nov 26, 202039:58
Episode 6: The Pioneers

Episode 6: The Pioneers

Hunter and Vicki seek out inspiring stories. We hear about Channel firsts - the first black man and the first woman. Hunter tells us about his fascination with Captain Webb and we hear from an expert on bathing who tells us about the Swimming Professor. Anna reveals all about the history of the swimsuit and we also have poetry, tales of old and love across the waves.

Great tales of derring do.

Oct 29, 202041:26
Episode 5: The Adventurers

Episode 5: The Adventurers

Vicki and Hunter go in search of Adventure in the open water. Hunter meets a Wild Brother and the Crocodile Dundee of Northumberland. Vicki talks to the second person to have completed the Oceans’s Seven challenge. We reveal our top fan and an adventurous way to celebrate your 70th birthday. Dan the coach gives tips on sea swimming and chasing those elusive buoys.

Inspiring stories to keep you buoyant through the autumn.

Sep 24, 202038:36
Episode 4: The Lifesavers

Episode 4: The Lifesavers

This month Vicki and Hunter are joined by Chas Hamilton with a story about a charity which helps prevent drowning in Cambodia, which is the leading cause of childhood death in that country.  An RNLI beach lifeguard shares some tips on how to stay safe on the beach and answers some questions about what to do if you get into trouble. We also tell the amazing story of Guðlaugur Friðþórsson an Icelandic fisherman who survived after his trawler capsizes, with extracts taken from the book "Why I Swim" by Bonnie Tsui. Plus Mikey Tees shares the story of a very special relay swim across the English Channel.   

Aug 27, 202032:31
Episode 3: The Limits of Obsession

Episode 3: The Limits of Obsession

This month Vicki and Hunter go in search of the limits of obsession. Vicki met the man who has swam the English Channel 34 times and who's next swim will be his greatest physical and mental test yet. Meanwhile Hunter caught up with an adventurer about his legendary swim over the UK's most treacherous waters, a place which has been nicknamed "Hell's Mouth". We also hear from a stand-up comedienne and the UK's preeminent marathon swimmer who's also happens to be an expert in hypothermia.

This one's a real corker!

Jul 30, 202033:04
Episode 2: Stepping Back In

Episode 2: Stepping Back In

As temperatures soar and the coronavirus grip loosens in some places, Vicki and Hunter are leaping back into the deep. 

This episode we’re talking to a World Champion open water swimmer, Keri-Anne Payne, about the future of the sport as well as the insatiable journalist, filmmaker and Ambassador for the Outdoor Swimming Society, Calum Maclean about breaking out of lockdown!

We also have some top open water swimming tips from the one and only Dan Bullock of Swim for Tri and we’re listening in to your stories from around the globe.

Jun 26, 202028:10
Episode 1: The English Channel

Episode 1: The English Channel

Introducing Episode 1 of the SwimOut Podcast with Hunter and Vicki!

In our debut episode we spoke to SARAH THOMAS whose 4-way crossing in 2019 amazed us all, as well as the veteran English Channel coach

FREDA STREETER who's not only trained hundreds of Channel swimmers but is of course mother to Alison Streeter - Queen of the Channel.

May 29, 202030:00