The Wild and Scilly Mermaids
Wild and Scilly Adventure Swims
Adventure Swim + Food
Sea Swimming Adventure Trips
The Wild and Scilly Mermaids have been swimming together all year round in the waters of Scilly for over 5 years and know the swim routes well. Ruth is a chef and Anna is a paramedic; we both live and work on the Island of St Mary's.
We have a passion for sea swimming and adventure, along with a keen interest in photography and here on the beautiful unspoilt coastline of Scilly - bursting with nature and wildlife - is where we invite you to join us on one of our adventures and experience the islands from a different perspective.
We offer 4 swim experiences: a point-to-point coastal adventure swim of between 2-4 km, an out-and back 2 km afternoon swim, an inter-island swim trip with return by boat - and for those new to sea swimming, a 500m - 800m route in one of the bays - all include enjoying hot drinks and food afterwards.
What can I expect?
A couple of days beforehand we will let you know the planned route complete with map and any relevant information.The advantage of living on an Island means there is always a side sheltered from the wind!
We will ask you to wear a safety tow float (we can provide you with one if required) and we will escort the swim with one of us on our Surf Rescue Board. We also carry a marine VHF radio, first aid kit and mobile phone in case of emergency. Ruth and Anna both hold the RLSS Beach Lifeguard qualification.
What food and drink is provided?
The adventure swim and inter island swim experiences include a picnic lunch. Lots of water, tea, coffee or hot chocolate (freshly brewed on our camp stoves). Our afternoon swims and sea swim experiences finish with hot drinks and cake. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements beforehand. For our swims on St Mary's, we use a pop-up gazebo to give us shelter in the event of rain.
How do I book a place?
If you would like to come along, please complete and the online registration form and purchase a ticket on the Swim Dates page. We are currently limiting our spaces to 6 swimmers per trip. Once you have paid to reserve your place, the money is non-refundable. The swim will go ahead in all but the worst conditions, in which case we would cancel the swim and refund you in full.
£2 of every Adventure Swim + Food ticket (£1 on a Swim Experience) will be donated to Marine Conservation Society via Work for Good.
We'll also take photos during the day which we'll upload to an online drive from which you can download for your personal use; If you'd rather not have your photo taken, just let us know.
Staying on an Off-Island?
If you're staying on St Agnes, Bryher, Tresco or St Martin's, and would like to explore the local swim routes, let us come to you! Contact us to arrange a bespoke Adventure Swim trip on the island of your choice. Please note that this incurs an additional fee to cover the cost of our boat ticket over to meet you.