SEA SWIMMING & OPEN WATER SAFETY
We offer some safety tips & advice, aimed at people new to cold water swimming. The feeling of cold-water swimming is incredible, however, it effects people in different ways. Swim safety & cold awareness is critical when embarking on a cold-water adventure.
Advice for newcomers:
Build up your resilience to cold water, what one person can tolerate will not be equal to another, take your time, it is not a competition.
Wear neoprene boots, gloves & swimming hats. They make a difference.
Stay within depth & close to shore, in the event of an emergency this could be a lifesaver.
Do not swim alone. Find a swim buddy & take some supporters as shore team.
Do not dive headfirst into cold water, cold water shock is real.
Tell people when & where you are swimming.
Check weather, wind & tides. Speak to local lifeguards for advice regards rip tides & swim spots.
Join a local wild swimming group, there are plenty all over the country and all will have invaluable advice & experience.
POST SWIM WARM UP
Post swim really is the most critical time, you have around ten minutes to change & get warm layers on. AFTER DROP is a real thing & extremely dangerous if taken lightly. Before you swim prepare your kit order to give minimal change time. Warm socks, thermal hats & cloves, layers & nice big comfy robes all help. Warm drinks & cake.
Sea & wild swimming will be an awesome experience, but be careful, is super addictive! You will no doubt meet some amazing individuals & share awesome journeys together. Be mindful of the space you swim in, be kind & look after the wildlife & marine animals you may encounter. this is their home too.
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