Working with our project partners, we will bring to bear our interdisciplinary expertise to address the following research questions:

  • How can we co-create an evidence base and sample content about wild swimming that will facilitate scale up of local approaches and initiatives to combat health inequalities? Drawing on databases and sources relating to the histories, literatures, health benefits and safety aspects, as well as water quality of blue spaces, we will co-create and evaluate sample content with our partners and with input from current and prospective swimming communities.
  • What mechanisms and relationships need to be formed and formalised to scale up approaches that leverage blue spaces to combat health inequalities through wild swimming? We will map the implementation landscape and provide a route map and policy briefs for wider scale up and spread of wild swimming as a health and wellbeing intervention, delineating the full range of agencies involved in this process.

Illustrations copyright Carol Adlam