I’ve been documenting Brighton swimming club as member since 2003. Some members of of the club swim in the sea all year round not matter the weather. The way I shoot in and around the water fundamentally changed in 2013 when I got an Olympus OM-D EM-5, before this I was shooting on an 80’s Nikonos V film camera. In it’s day the Nikonos was considered the best underwater camera system but it was not quite cutting it in the 21st century. With the Nikonos I was limited to just 36 shots for each swimming session but with digital I was able do much more and shot in darker conditions. The images below were shot between December 2013 – November 2015. You can see my older swimming pictures here, I also have a sets of Brighton Swimming Club members in the snow and Brighton Christmas day swims.
Swim Area Buoy and Brighton Pier - June 2015
Eileen at the the end of Brighton Pier - August 2015
Eileen in usually clear water for Brighton - August 2015
Eileen along with a few other members of Brighton Swimming Club will dive under the pier at low tide when visibility is good to collect dropped coins. It's on unusual for them to collect up to £20 in coins - August 2015
Midge - June 2014
Sunrise December 2013
Sean relaxing mid swim - April 2015
Brighton Pier - November 2015
Dave Sawyers - March 2013
Swimmer near the end of Brighton Pier
Shoichi fishing from a surfboard at the end of Brighton Pier - July 2015
Midge - March 2015
My Legs and Flippers - November 2015
Dave Sawyers - May 2015
Brighton Wheel - November 2015
Shoichi "Swishing". Some of the member's of Brighton Swimming with primitive bamboo fishing rods. In an hours swim they can catch 5 - 20 fish. June 2014
Dave Sawyers gutting fish after a spot of swishing - July 2015
Dave Sawyers showing off his Horse Mackerel only as dave does - July 2015
Ladies of Brighton Swimming Club standing on a sunken barge. On ceton certain low tides it's possible to stand on an sunken badge which is level with the head of the Brighton Pier. August 2015
Yvo at low tide - August 2015
Walking to the West Pier. On certain low tides Brighton Swimming Club Members will walk to the old West Pier and then swim back to Brighton Pier with the tide. August 2014
Club Members before a West Pier to Brighton Pier swim - August 2015
Taken on the Brighton Christmas day swim 2014. The Brighton Christmas day swim is not organised by anyone, it’s just traditionally happened every Christmas day at 11am. See more of my Brighton Christmas Day swimming photos here.
Brighton Christmas day swim 2014
Shoichi front crawl - March 2014
Shoichi and I standing on the sunken barge at the end of Brighton Pier - August 2014
Dave Sawyers at Low tide, occasionally on very low tides a old victorian sewer pipe is exposed on the beach. March 2015
Dave Sawyers jumping off victorian sewer pipe at low tide. March 2015
Dave Sawyers serving a rough sea. July 2015
Rob looking refreshed. May 2015
A rough sea will always put a smile of Charlotte's face. May 2015
Charlotte in another rough sea. October 2015
Dave Sawyers looking like a mad scientist due to lack of a swimming hat. October 2015
Mike contemplating entering a rough sea. July 2015
Martina letting waves wash over her. When it's high tide and really rough it can be difficult to get out of the sea. Best way to avoid being stuck in the sea is to not go in, That does not mean you can't get wet though. October 2014
Dave Sawyers looking dashing. March 2015.
Sarah on the crest of a wave. April 2015.
Brighton Swimming Club log book. After every swim most members will write there names in the log book, sometimes with notes on where they swam or other interesting observations. There is one of each year and they date back years. March 2014.
Brighton's Swimming Club's changing facility. March 2014.
Dave Sawyers post swim. Dave features in this set quite a bit, I think I am going to make curate his own set on my website as I have enough images of him. July 2015