Foote Has A Big Hand In Outdoor Swimmer

Foote Has A Big Hand In Outdoor Swimmer

Ella Foote swims, coaches, guides, speaks, hosts (e.g., at the Kendal Mountain Festival), writes, and has been recently promoted from Contributing Editor to Editor of the Outdoor Swimmer Magazine. The founder of The Dip Advisor, swam in 31 rivers in 31 days to highlight the water quality of the UK’s rivers in 2019.

Foote will switch roles with Jonathan Cowie who is concurrently coaching and building a swim business in the Lake District. Magazine publisher Simon Griffiths says, “I am sure many readers and supporters will agree that Jonathan has been fundamental in the growth of the magazine and brand. His expertise and passion for both outdoor swimming and the publication has been invaluable.

Starting as a freelance writer, Ella became a key member of the team as Contributing Editor, working closely with Jonathan, and was instrumental in guiding us through the pandemic.

Ella hopes to seek new ways to reach new swimmers and inform, entertain, and engage with existing readers.”

Foote recently wrote about International Women’s Day, “I’m absolutely  thrilled to see how women around the world have embraced my favorite activity.

Over the past 12 months, women’s participation in outdoor swimming has increased from 65% to 73.5% as ever more women embrace the benefits of a dip in natural water. Women, in particular, are embracing the thrill of the chill, with 65% of female outdoor swimmers saying they do so at least once per week in winter, compared to only 44% of men.

Overall, women say the most important reason why they swim outside is for their health and wellbeing, followed by ‘it helps me connect with nature.’  

If you haven’t yet embraced outdoor swimming, then I urge you to take the plunge. In our recent survey, 57% of women say they like outdoor swimming a lot more than they expected and only 1% say they like it less than they expected.”

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