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Wild swimming safety with kids and children

By at June 13, 2014 | 11:06 am | 0 Comment

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There’s nothing inherently dangerous about wild swimming, but you should always be careful around water with children. Try to chose a river or lake beach with a gently shelving slope, and make sure you go in and check for depth and deeper holes, before you let little ones paddle. There's also more about how to have fun wild swimming with families here. But for our main

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Outdoor Swimming for Familes

By at April 4, 2014 | 11:06 am | 0 Comment

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To enjoy outdoor swimming in Britain it's important to be hot before you go in and to be able to warm up quickly after you come out, so why not have a few activities or games up your sleeve to keep everyone moving around? A simple game of 'it' or 'tag' can be good with a small group but if there are more than four then some people will do less running than others.

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Is Wild Swimming Legal?

By at March 11, 2014 | 9:26 am | 1 Comments

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Staying Legal and Respecting Others Unlike other European countries, including Scotland, there is only an explicit legal right to access water in some English and Welsh rivers and lakes. In other places swimming rights are customary and based on longstanding tradition or established use. These places are often found where public rights of way, such as footpaths or

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Sea Safety

By at July 4, 2012 | 12:25 pm | 10 Comments

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Escaping a rip is straightforward if you are a strong swimmer and remain calm. People drown from panic, followed by exhaustion, so never fight against the current. Keep an eye on a shore landmark to establish whether you are in a rip. If so, stand or wade if possible. If not, swim out of it at 90 degrees parallel to the beach for about 20m. Once out of the rip, head back

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Find your own Swim Place

By at June 26, 2012 | 10:07 am | 1 Comments

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Britain is bubbling with glorious little river and lake swmiming holes, all of your own. They are there for the finding, but how to go about it? Ask around: some older folks may remember when a local river or lake was used for swimming in hot summers of the past. Younger people too often know a good place to jump in, go for a plunge or find that ubiquitous blue rope

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By at June 12, 2012 | 9:19 am | 7 Comments

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A scorching hot summer’s day is a great time for swimming, and it can be exciting on rainy or cooler days too... What if the water is cold? Water temperatures can vary. Shallow lakes can get up to a blamy 25C in summer but mountain rivers may struggle to reach 20C. Much of the year outdoor waters are around 12C - 17C so the key is to arrive at the swimming hole so

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Find Guidebook Swim Places

By at April 4, 2012 | 10:49 am | 0 Comment

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'Wild Swimming: 150 hidden dips' provides grid references, postcodes and direcions for 150 freshwater wild swimming spots in Britain.  An additional 80 swims are also included with grid references only. (NB You can see if your favourite area is covered on the coverage map). There are three methods to find each location. 1) Directions: Follow the step-by-step

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Quick Guide: Water Quality

By at April 4, 2012 | 9:51 am | 1 Comments

1) Identify the postcode of the area of the river where you would like to swim. (You can generate a postcode from an Ordnance Survey grid reference or long lat reference at Nearby.org.uk, or from a street address at Royal Mail. You can find the long lat reference from a location on Google Maps by right clicking and then chosing 'get directions from here'. The two 8

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Wild Swimming Safety (Freshwater)

By at April 3, 2012 | 2:09 pm | 25 Comments

Waterfall and Pool

Non-swimmers - Shallow water can deepen suddenly. If you, your children or your friends cannot swim make sure you scout out the extent of the shallows, set clear boundaries and keep constant supervision. Remember that even shallow sections of fast-flowing water can knock you off your feet. Be careful with inflatables, which can create a false sense of security and float

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History of Wild Swimming

By at April 3, 2012 | 1:35 pm | 1 Comments

Wild Swimming Fish

wild-swimming (vb.): 1. Swimming in natural waters such as rivers, lakes and waterfalls. Often associated with picnics and summer holidays. 2. Dipping or plunging in secret or hidden places, sometimes in wilderness areas. Associated with skinny-dipping or naked swimming, often with romantic connotations. 3. Action of swimming wildly such as jumping or diving from

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