Louise on one of her swims

Swimming for Sam / Documenting Louise Banks – By Harley Jaffar

I moved from London to Devon at the end of 2020, so that my young family could grow up closer to nature and closer to their grandparents. We ended up moving into my grandparents village which is on the Exe estuary.

My sister-in-law initially got my into cold water swimming when she dared me to jump into a lake, a few winters ago; to my surprise I discovered I quite enjoyed it. So now that I live 20 metres from the sea, cold water swimming seemed like a natural thing to try out again.