We are a newly formed community swimming group and are continuing to grow. We are a peer support group, here for each other. We are not therapists or counsellors, our purpose is to share the love of open water swimming in a safe, enjoyable, and welcoming environment.


After a series of personal challenges that impacted his mental health in 2020, Jonathan was introduced to open water swimming. He came away inspired, having discovered an unexpectedly effective method for clearing his mind while outdoors and exercising his body.

Jonathan has successfully created the Stansted Open Water Swimming Community in collaboration with Let’s Talk, Stansted! in June 2022 and is privileged to share this fantastic experience.

Jonathan’s credentials are


Jonathan’s Vision:

Provide mental health / wellbeing support by creating a community of swimmers who feel safe, meet new people, enjoy the health benefits from open water swimming.

For more details contact Jonathan: jswellbeingservices@outlook.com.

I really enjoyed the swim. I was nervous about swimming in the open water and also about meeting new people but I felt like you set a relaxed tone that put everyone at ease. There was no pressure or expectation (about the swim or chatting about mental health) and that was good. I probably listened more than chatted but it was helpful for my own struggles to hear that other people have similar thoughts or worries.

Loved my swim this morning & thank you for leading us into the unknown, Jonathan Self!!

Thanks, Jonathan, for arranging and making us all feel safe! Great bunch of people and the perfect way to start the day – looking forward to next month already.

Thanks to Jonathan Self and Let’s Talk, Stansted! for a lovely morning. Such a good group of encouraging people. Looking forward to the next one.

It was a fab morning, met some lovely people and Jonathan was a great help to us all.

Loved it! Thanks so much Jonathan Self for being a great instructor and host.

Thank you so much for such a great morning. Lovely to meet lots of new people and swim in the glorious Gosfield Lake.

Thank you for a lovely morning. It was great meeting you all. Wonderful swim in a beautiful place. 100% will do it again. Thanks for organising and all your help Jonathan Self. Absolutely loved it.