In 1932, the first trespass of Kinder Scout took place, with hundreds of people gathering to protest for the right to roam. Fast forward to 2021, and The Outdoor Swimming Society has taken the protest to the water, fighting for the right to swim. And in April of 2023, they made a powerful statement with the Kinder Trespass.
The Outdoor Swimming Society, along with SOuP (Swim Out to Help Out), organized a gathering of hundreds of swimmers at Kinder Reservoir to protest for the right to swim free. This historic event was captured in the film "A Right To Swim," created in collaboration with filmmaker Hollie Harmsworth. The film documents the swim trespass, showcasing all those who attended and echoing the message that we demand the right to swim free, and we demand it now.
As the Creative Producer for The OSS and the producer of "A Right to Swim," Cameron Alex has been at the forefront of this movement. He understands the importance of fighting for the right to swim and the impact it can have on individuals and communities.
Why is the right to swim important?
Swimming is not just a recreational activity; it is a way of connecting with nature, improving physical and mental well-being, and fostering a sense of community. However, access to open water for swimming is often restricted or limited by regulations and private ownership. This denies people the opportunity to experience the joy and benefits of swimming in natural environments.
By fighting for the right to swim, The Outdoor Swimming Society aims to challenge these restrictions and advocate for greater access to open water. They believe that everyone should have the freedom to swim in rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, just as they have the right to walk, hike, or cycle in the countryside.
What does "A Right To Swim" film capture?
"A Right To Swim" is a powerful documentary that captures the spirit and determination of the swimmers who participated in the Kinder Trespass. The film showcases the beauty of Kinder Reservoir and the surrounding landscape, highlighting the importance of preserving these natural spaces for future generations.
Through interviews with swimmers, activists, and local residents, the film sheds light on the challenges faced by those fighting for the right to swim. It explores the impact of restricted access to open water and the transformative power of swimming in nature.
Join the movement
If you believe in the right to swim free, you can join the movement and support The Outdoor Swimming Society in their fight. Follow their social media channels, participate in their events, and spread the word about the importance of open water swimming.
Together, we can make a difference and ensure that future generations have the freedom to swim in the great outdoors. Watch "A Right To Swim" and be inspired to take action.