Pic: King Surf
In these unprecedented times there’s plenty of desire to get in the water and make the most of outdoor watery space. Whilst you can purchase a floating craft (such as an inflatable stand up paddle board) to capitalise on being close to water one of the most natural ways is to swim, in the wild: wild swimming – by name by nature (literally).
Whether you’re coastal bound, within striking distance of a lake or have access to a suitable river/canal wild swimming is a simple yet exhilarating activity that’ll refresh, rejuvenate and revitalise. What could be more sublime: sunrise immersion or end of play sunset cruising with just birdsong and tree rustles to keep you company?
Wild swimming doesn’t have to be extreme. Front crawling through placid calm water, taking a moment every now and again to pop up and appreciate the space you’re in is more than enough for most. We’ll admit, however, that some wild swimmers take things further. For instance, triathletes use wild swimming as part of their training, which makes sense when you think about it. Triathlon and Iron Man events take place in the outdoors so using wild swim sessions to acclimatise and hone technique is a good plan.
One thing to keep in mind with UK wild swimming is the temperature of the water. And in a lot of cases thermometer readings above the drink in the air. There’re no two ways about it the UK isn’t exactly the Tropics, with mercury levels much lower than in some global locations. You’ll need adequate protection for full immersion activities. Yet whatever attire you choose to wear it needs to be flexible enough to actually swim and fit for purpose.
NCW provides applicable gear for making the most of your open water swim sessions. From changing robes to wetsuits suitable for when you enter the water you’ll find all the info on the cold/open water wild swimming page here – https://www.northcoastwetsuits.co.uk/category/cold-open-water-swim/
NOTE: Wild swimming is indeed just that. There are no lifeguards in certain places so mostly you’re on your own. Keeping safe is therefore paramount. Avoid strong tides and/or flow and making sure you’re well clear of hazards is hugely important. Whilst wild swimming is an awesome activity you shouldn’t be putting yourself in harm’s way. Nobody wants you to become another statistic. If in doubt don’t go out. And where possible swim with more experienced people.
If you have any questions about NCW kit then give us a shout, we’re always happy to chat about your requirements.
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