Wilderness Medicine

Southampton Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Society = SWEMS! We run talks, scenario sessions and teaching events themed around Wilderness (jungle, deep sea, desert, polar) medicine, but are most well-known for our group walks and camping trips which in the past year took us to areas of natural beauty such as Brecon, Snowdonia, the South Downs and Dorset. We have a huge mix of experience when it comes to outdoorsy stuff/wilderness medicine, so our camping trips and teaching sessions are very relaxed and cater to all levels and backgrounds. We are a small but welcoming society who love the outdoors both for its beauty and the chats and friendships which happen within. If you love walking in the natural world with genuinely genuine people then SWEMS is for you, and we will welcome you with open arms and muddy boots.

We are a society who enjoy taking medicine outdoors. We arrange workshops, local hikes and weekend camping trips which aim to help students develop their medical skills outside of the hospital environment, while being part of a fun, social and inclusive society. We cover a wide range of topics including mountain, jungle, polar, desert and ocean medicine. Our local walks help our members to explore and learn to navigate the stunning New Forest and South Downs national parks, whilst our weekend trips take us further afield to test our outdoor skills, and escape university life, in places such as the Brecon Beacons, the Peak District and the South Dorset coast.Come and join our enthusiastic society for all years and abilities where we hope you will meet like-minded people, make new memories and have great adventures!

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The Committee

All clubs and societies within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Wilderness Medicine this year are:

Anna Armstrong
Away Trips Sec
Katy Llewellyn
Day Trips and Scenarios Sec
Gwennan Rucinski
Kit Sec
Adam Rimmer
Louisa Colley
Tara Mookerjee
Jessica Wright
Welfare Sec

Membership Information

These are the current membership fees offered by Wilderness Medicine, although many clubs and societies offer a free period for new members to try out their activities.

You must be a member of the Students' Union to join a club or society
NameCostValid PeriodDetails
SWEMS Year MembershipFREE08/09/2023 - 27/07/2024This membership makes you a official SWEMS member and allows you to vote in our AGM and any EGMs that take place.


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Health & Safety

All clubs & societies are required to risk assess their activity to ensure it is carried out in a safe manner for members. Current risk assessments for Wilderness Medicine are available to view below

Upcoming Events

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