Natasha Dettman and Simon Edwards – Immersion

Winter sea temperature around the Channel Islands average 8C – 10C.  Prolonged exposure to these temperatures without protective clothing can cause the human brain, muscle activity and vital organs to slow, eventually leading to hypothermia. A group of dedicated woman swim in these waters all year round. They believe that cold sea swimming is both physically and mentally transformative, a spiritual connection between humans and the natural environment leading to a state of personal freedom. The health benefits of cold water submersion have been well documented in recent years. Immersion is an exploration of the human mind’s ability to overcome adversity and finding a balance in a seemingly inhospitable environment. Shot in the waters off Bouley Bay on Jersey’s north coast during winter, the film follows one of the swimmers, Jane Yates as she enters these cold dark waters. 

Directed by Natasha Dettman and Simon Edwards

Director Of Photography and Soundscape by Simon Edwards

Production Design by Natasha Dettman

Swimmer, Jane Yates


29 Responses

  1. Very well produced and directed Natasha and Simon! Artist and filmmaker coming together and challenging the conventions of the moving image and its evolving role in visual culture. Love your artistic vision Natasha!

  2. Beautiful piece of work – the magic that immersions into our beautiful ocean and what it does to you – thank you

  3. Really enjoyed watching this, it’s beautifully filmed and very inspiring. I started winter sea swimming this year but in a wetsuit! Totally agree that the mental health benefits are huge.

  4. Marvellous well done spiritually mentally physically at one with nature keep the faith 🏊🏻‍♀️🏄🏼‍♀️ Can’t fit in to my wetsuit after lockdown ☺️ 🏊🏻‍♂️ Il swim at night time lol

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