• Chris Ayriss

The North Sea International Women’s Day

Updated: Sep 16


Edinburgh Live reports: Feeling fresh this morning? Well, you probably weren’t as as invigorated as the 69 women who ran into the sea at Wardie Bay in Edinburgh for a sunrise wild swim in honour of International Women’s Day.

With the sea at a brisk 5.5 degrees, they gathered in wet-suits and swimsuits to celebrate their own bodies and those of women everywhere – sharing their message of solidarity and body positivity.


Organised by activist Danni Gordon of The Chachi Power Project and photographer Anna Deacon of the Wild Swimming Photography Project, the event drew swimmers from all across the Scottish Central Belt, Fife, East and West Lothian.


They were inspired by the joy of wild swimming, but also by the intense and sometimes heart-breaking stories people told to explain why they had decided to take it up – among these stories were a number related to body confidence. Read more…


Discover how changing attitudes towards the body forced swimmers out of open water and into the chlorinated confinement of the swimming pool.


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