june 2018

22jun14:3016:00FeaturedSwim Nation! a swimmers round table14:30 - 16:00 B: Studio 1

Event Details

From wild river dippers to leisure centre lane lappers, all are invited to participate in the first of a series of informal and collaborative ‘Swim Summits’ around the UK. At a time when water scarcity, sustainability, well being, access and participation in swimming are increasingly in the spotlight, we want to harness the knowledge, experience and passion of local swimmers and how we can translate that into practical change in policy and behaviour, to help promote well being and sustainability at an individual and community level.

The inaugural, Swim Nation!, takes place as part of Liquidscapes and involves members of the local swimming community as well as Liquidscapes delegates.

We will explore relationships between: 

  1. Swimming and the individual – e.g. well being, empowerment, connectivity, ebb and flow, creativity.
  2. Swimming and community – e.g. friendship, bonding, access and participation, collectivity.
  3. Swimming and the natural world – e.g. sustainability, power, conservation, energy.
  4. Swimming and modernity – e.g pace of life, fluidity, innovation, co-existence.


Together we will identify practical recommendations that can inform the way we live, work and enjoy the water, coming together towards the end of the session to share findings.



We are 60% water and 71% of the earth’s surface is covered in water – it’s what connects and sustains us, yet that commonality is easily forgotten. It’s time to reconnect. Can using the framework of a hydrocentric citizenry help secure a sustainable and peaceful future?



We have invited the local swim community to join us. Sea and river swimming is particularly vibrant in this part of the country, and in this part of Devon in particular. We hope a good representation of local swimmers will join us for the round table.


Join the conversation…

If you’re a local swimmer and you’d like to come along and take part, please just drop us a line and let us know. Or just show up. The event is in Studio 1 at Dartington. To find Studio 1, park in the car park then walk down the hill until you find the big banner that says ‘SPACE’. Studio 1 is on the right hand side.

If you want to come for all of Liquidscapes, you can register here.


The Swim Summit series is a project led by Alice Gartland, Founder of A Lotus Rises, the Women’s Swimming Collective, Swim Coach and Contributing Editor of Outdoor Swimmer Magazine.




Alice believes that learning to swim is a human right, and that whether you’re swimming your first 25metres, splashing in tarns or crossing the English Channel, swimming can empower our lives both in and out of the water.

Alice discovered open water swimming after being knocked off her bike by a lorry on her way to work, the day before her 31 birthday. Waking up on the tarmac as commuter traffic circled around her, too busy to stop to help, she realised it was time to change her path.

Since then Alice has pursued her passions of writing, social justice, water and the outdoors. She is Founder of A Lotus Rises, the Women’s Swimming Collective empowering women through water, Contributing Editor of Outdoor Swimmer Magazine,  a swim teacher and open water swim coach. When not in the water her consultancy has focused on projects relating  to anti corruption, responsible business, water scarcity, the rule of law, China and the impact of technology on social and economic development. She is particularly proud to be a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

When not in or writing about water, her research and advocacy  have taken her to China, India, No.10 and the UN.


(Friday) 14:30 - 16:00


B: Studio 1

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EN