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Omie Dale - Keen outdoor swimmer and coach, who loves getting people swimming outdoors

Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Omie in her own words:

“I’m a keen swimmer and swim teacher, having worked in the leisure industry since 2013. In my teaching role I've worked with a variety of different ages and abilities both in the UK and abroad.

I have been exploring the issue of diversity in aquatics and the leisure industry with my own project titled, ‘If 71% of the world is water, how can we feel at home if we don't know how to swim?’.

I currently work for the Black Swimming Association in community engagement and communication and volunteer in my spare time for Pride in Water, and work as a volunteer swim host for Mental Health Swims in the London region.”

“Swimming has given me so much – employment, friendships and both physical and mental health benefits.”

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Show notes

  • Who is Omie

  • Her work and love for swimming

  • Getting into swimming from a young age

  • Her love for teaching people

  • Not being able to join a swim club

  • Swimming competitively for her school

  • Role models who inspired Omie growing up

  • What she wanted to be

  • Being academic at school

  • Talking with non swimmers

  • Teaching people how to swim

  • Wanting to make people feel as comfortable as possible

  • The joy of swimming

  • Loving outdoor swimming

  • Swimming in London

  • The support of the outdoor swimming community

  • The stress of swimming in pools

  • Advice and tips for outdoor swimming

  • Go with experienced people when it’s your first time

  • Why you need to be prepared

  • Working for the Black Swim Association

  • Working on a research project with the University of Portsmouth regarding Bone Density

  • Engaging with community leaders across the UK

  • Mental Health Swims and being a swim host

  • Working with Patagonia in 2021 on the Outsiders Project

  • What’s changed in swimming over the past few years

  • Plans for 2022 and wanting to go with the flow a bit more

  • Managing her mental health and putting herself first

  • Needing to talk about other stuff apart from swimming

  • Enjoying reading and writing

  • Needing a creative outlet

  • Connect with Omie on the socials

  • Final words of advice

  • The power of community

  • Being surrounded by people who are proud of you and support you


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