The Cold Is My Teacher

We believe that when we are challenged we are changed.

And when faced with the force of the cold a powerful change rises from within. In our first documentary series, we explore how the cold connects people, brings joy, restores minds, repairs bodies, teaches, and challenges us like nothing else on earth.

Join us on a journey as we follow 12 individuals and groups of fascinating people up and down the UK whose love of cold water has brought them together and inspired the incredible stories we share in this series.

The Ice Viking The Ice Viking

The Ice Viking

Fenwick Ridley is a titan. A Team GB Ice swimmer. An entrepreneur. A master of his mind and a lover of the ice. As he describes it, his body is “built for the cold”.

Queen of the Cold Queen of the Cold

Queen of the Cold

We all need a Jules King in our lives. A woman whose glass isn’t just full, it overflows with positivity. Determined. Life-affirming. Inspirational. A woman who overcomes so much every day to achieve the most simple things we can sometimes take for granted. 

The Dales Dipper The Dales Dipper

The Dales Dipper

Les Peebles is a wild swimming guide and the proud founder of a 14,000-strong community called The Dales Dippers. But that wasn’t always the case. Les used to be a joiner and a painter. He wasn’t particularly depressed or stressed in life but he felt something was missing.

The Bluetits The Bluetits

The Bluetits

“It’s much more difficult to do something that scares you when you’re alone. But when you have a community of people around you, it gets a little more comfortable for your brain to do whatever it is.” That’s how Sian Richardson, founder of The Bluetits, describes the wild swimming phenomenon she set up over 10 years ago.