Omie Dale - Keen outdoor swimmer and coach, who loves getting people swimming outdoors for the first time.

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.”     New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time - Hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss out.    Support the mission to increase the amount of female role models in the media. Visit and subscribe - super quick and easy to do and it makes a massive difference. Thank you.   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
  Social Media   Website:    Instagram: @omiedale    Twitter: @omie_dale   

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