3 March, 2022
Have you got the bug for open water swimming? Are you trying to figure out how to keep swimming in the colder months? Have a read of Debbie's top tips.
Article is provided by contributor Debbie Watts from @JustOneBigAdventure
Let me start by saying that I am no expert in open water swimming, however I have definitely become a huge fan of embracing my fears head on, immersing myself in the chilly depths of local lakes and enjoying the many mental and physical health benefits.
I had long watched others swim in local rivers and heard friends talk of how wonderful it felt, but I put it off until a friend who is perhaps as nutty as I, pushed me to join her. Before I knew it, in the middle of winter a small group of us headed to Buckland Lake and swam in openwater under the supervision of qualified lifeguards at The Surrey Hills Adventure Club. We love it so much we have given ourselves the nickname of the Little Mermaids and we're having JustOneBigAdventure, creating our own swimwear and hoodies.
Throughout our swimming journey we have never underestimated the importance of safety and listening to our bodies. The following list is by no means exhaustive and if you are considering open water swimming, safety is of the upmost importance!
*For inspiration, coaches and more visit The Open water Swimming Group on Facebook and/or https://nowca.org
Author - Debbie Watts
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