The Thrill of the Chill

By at January 28, 2015 | 5:28 pm | 0 Comment

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If you think winter swimming is only for the very brave (or the very foolish), Jonathan Buckley tells us why we shouldn’t let some nippy weather get in the way of stripping and dipping…   Last Saturday Tooting Bec Lido hosted the 6th UK Cold Water Swimming Championships. Hardy swimmers embraced this cold water swimming festival – all in water less than

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Sea Safety

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


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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River and Water Quality for wild swimming

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

The Environment Agency have a basic facility for checking water quality from previous months, and although not 'real time' this can give a good indication of usual water quality. Head to the Environment Agency's water quality map .                 Navigate  into the map (by using the arrow keys,

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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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Health Benefits

By at April 2, 2012 | 9:21 pm | 0 Comment

Skinny Dipping

From a secular perspective the health and psychological benefits of dipping in natural waters were also long known. George Bernard Shaw, Benjamin Britten, Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale were all advocates of regular cold baths to strengthen the mental constitution and physical state. Cold immersion soothes muscle aches, relieves depression and boosts the immune

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