Welcome to Yorkshire Outdoor Swimmers.


We have confirmed with water testing that it is now safe to resume our swim sessions.
As we are now entering the Winter season there will be no more Tuesday evening sessions until March 2019.

Saturday swims will resume from Saturday 13th October from 1pm till 3pm.

Member Blog – YOS Winter Events 2018 (by Simon Porter)

Swimming is a funny old thing. Not so funny as to laugh whilst you're doing it, but funny nonetheless. It remains the country's favourite participation sport, way ahead of pretty much everything else, but even so, people tend to think of you as one of those people...

It’s our 4th Birthday!

In 2013 a small group of outdoor swimmers wanted to organise a regular swim in their local reservoir.  Yorkshire Outdoor Swimmers was born out of the need to formalise our attempts to gain official permission to swim at Harthill.  We spent most of the...

Video Interview with Wendy Figures

Massive Thank You to Emma Drechsler for this excellent video of our Ice Queen.

Team Ichthyosaurs Channel Relay

3 weeks after my last channel adventure I decided to do another one! There is a story behind why I ended up doing it again because it wasn’t planned to be so close to my last one. I already had plans to do another relay in future and eventually a solo but...

Dorkshire Swimmers Channel Relay

A year ago, me and 5 other swimmers decided to complete an English Channel Relay for a number of different reasons and to raise money for charity. After swimming through winter in skins (no wet suit), numerous trips to the sea, a 2-hour qualifier and many filled in...

We are a friendly open water swimming club based at Harthill Reservoir near Rotherham.  Our aim is to provide a safe and happy environment for swimmers of all ages and abilities to enjoy the open water and experience swimming outdoors in a natural environment.

We swim all year round every Saturday and Tuesday evenings in the summer.  Come along and meet us at one of our sessions, have a cup of tea and talk to our members.  Harthill reservoir has a track around it which offers a lovely walk around the first two lakes.  There is some lovely countryside around us and wildlife including Kingfishers and Herons around the lake and Deer in the surrounding woodlands.  Children can swim from age 9 and our venue is a great place for families.

Newcomers are welcome and our regular members are happy to swim along with you to make you feel at ease on your first swim.  Swimming outdoors is exhilarating and there are many claims of health benefits. If you haven’t tried it yet we have introductory sessions available to help you get started.

Since 2012 over 1800 people have swum with us at YOS, ranging from Team GB athletes to leisure swimmers and families.  Our winter swimmers have won medals at international ice swimming events including the British and European championships.

Latest News and Blogs

End of Summer Splash, 1st October 2016

As the summer season comes to a close and many YOS members are already planning their Winter training and Ice Mile attempts it is time to celebrate and this year we are proud to announce the first YOS End of Season Splash. There will be races to enter, wetsuits to try...

Join the YOS Committee

The YOS committee needs a number of new members to help take the club forward and develop our activities. If you are interested in being part of this please send an email to info@yorkshireoutdoorswimmers.co.uk

Hitting the Wall

Late 2015 I was invited to contribute a piece of theatre to an Open Door night at Birmingham Rep. I’m part of a collection of writers who do this on a regular basis, usually writing to to a theme, In this case the theme was “Walls”. Anything to do with walls. My mind...

Wendy’s 12 Hour Swim

I signed up for this swim a few months ago thinking it was a good idea. Roughly 1 month prior to the event, I realised it was not such a great idea and it was going to be tough.  12 hours of night swimming in a lake in May.  Open water swimming in May is usually 1...

Splashing about in the Reservoir

Pool training is all well and good, especially when you live in the North of England but shockingly most Olympic distance and up races don't take place in a pool. They're open water based and in affront to common sense, they aren't willing to put pool sides to kick...


YORKSHIRE OUTDOOR SWIMMERS - EXTERNAL COMPETITION CALENDAR 2016 We have put together a few external dates/events that we would love YOS swimmers to bring home some gold from, if you would like to represent YOS either as a team or individually please let Wendy know....