Swimming in Reservoirs and Rivers, Suzie Wheway & Lance Sagar

ShAFF Online - SOUP (Sheffield OUtdoor Plungers) presents Swimming in Reservoirs and Rivers, with Suzie Wheway and Lance Sagar



11 Jan '21 | 8:00pm

ShAFF Online - Owen Hayman of SOUP (Sheffield OUtdoor Plungers) will be talking with Suzie and Lance about their respective swimmy lives in the Peaks, Yorkshire and beyond. Both have unique insights and fresh perspectives from their projects and adventures. We will share some outdoor swimming tips and advice from our own experiences.

Suzie Wheway



After a bout of post-natal depression Suzie found just the tonic she needed in the cool waters of the Peak District. Wild swimming is her escape from the daily grind, a place to clear the mind and free the senses. Her passion and love for the water has led her to completely change career to work as an open water swimming coach and guide. Through her business Peak Swims she enables others to embrace outdoor waters in the way that’s right for them so they can experience the benefits Suzie and thousands of others do every day in the UK.

Lance Sagar



Lance is fond of most types of swimming, but has a particular fondness for exploring rivers. He is curating a collection of point river routes, swimming them with friends and recording them with maps, photos and tales from the adventure. These routes tend to be more resilient to visitors than your average beauty spot and the more people that enjoy them, the more people will advocate for improving the quality of our freshwater environments.

When he is not bobbing down a river he is also a keen free diver and underwater photographer.


The event is co-hosted by Sheffield OUtdoor Plungers (SOUP) with Owen Hayman at the helm interviewing the speakers. It is one of a series of 4 during Jan and Feb 2021.

Jan 11th - Swimming in Reservoirs and Rivers, with Suzie Wheway and Lance Sagar

Jan 18th - Nick Hayes, author of The Book of Trespass

Jan 25th - Rachel Ashe, founder of Mental Health Swims

Feb 1st - Ed Accura, founder of the Black Swimming Association


Almost everywhere we swim, there are 'No Swimming' signs. Many of the places we swim have almost no known history of swimming. This is an emerging wisdom. One of our core aims is to normalise outdoor free swimming in places where it was once a very eccentric thing to do, if not illegal. Not only do we aim to normalise swimming in the eyes of onlookers, but normalise it with ourselves too. We challenge the doubts within ourselves and aim to answer the questions we have as best we can. Through sharing maps and information, and inviting strangers to swim, break down social and personal barriers. We work towards a time when the invaluable benefits of swimming and dipping in open water are recognised and respected. Come for a swim! There may be cake too.

Owen Hayman


Owen is a swimming access campaigner, living and swimming in the middle of what was once known as “Sheffield Lakeland”, an area dominated by large majestic functioning reservoir lakes. He founded SOUP – Sheffield OUtdoor Plungers, and is a member of the Outdoor Swimming Society campaigning and inland access team. Along with many others in the wider Yorkshire area and beyond, Owen is working to bring swimmers together, to collectively break down mental, social and structural barriers to free outdoor swimming.


The talk will be delivered using Zoom. We recommend that you download the app and install it ready. You will be able to join the meeting via a link in your confirmation email.

The event will not cost you anything to attend, but we will request that you pay what you felt it was worth using this PayPal link.

Donations will be shared between the speakers and ShAFF. Thanks in advance.