Wild Swims - English Lakes

About Wild Swims Lake District


Diane Mangan
STA Level 2 Open Water Swim Coach and Royal Life Saving Society Open Water Lifeguard, 16 hour Outdoor First Aid.
Member of the Royal Life Saving Society and the Swimming Teachers' Association.

Wild Swimming Lake District - Diane - Swims leader

Jim Croft
Summer Mountain Leader Award, 16 hour Outdoor First Aid, Rock Climbing Instructor, STA Open Water Safety Qualification, Cytech Level 2 cycle technician.
Member of the Mountain Training Association.

Diane and Jim are also members of the British Mountaineering Council.

Wild Swimming Lake District - Jim - Walks leader

About Diane

Diane was raised in Kendal and learned to swim with Kendal Swimming Club, meeting in the old public baths in All Hallows Lane. In her late 20s, in Australia, she started swimming again in the warm 50m pools in suburban Sydney. Diane did her first open water event, the Cole Classic, in the 1990s off Bondi Beach and then completed it the following year off Manly Beach, transitioning from breaststroke to frontcrawl. Diane's professional background is in journalism and communications. She originally trained on the Morecambe Visitor newspaper as well as the Blackpool Evening Gazette. She has worked extensively in communications in Australia and the UK.

About Jim

Jim was raised in the Lune Valley and is a fell walker, rock climber and mountaineer who enjoys a relaxed swim in the outdoors. He has been passionate about the Lake District since he was a teenager. He has completed all of the 214 Wainwright fells, listed by the author in his famous Lakeland walking guidebooks. Jim has also rock climbed extensively in Australia, Europe and the UK, but the Lakes remains his favourite location. Jim is also a cycle technician.