Open Water Swimming

A place to arrange swimming meets and partners

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Blisters    pirate
19/10/2012 at 11:53

It's safer and more fun to swim open water as a group.

Advertise your venue, time and other arrangements, ans lets see what pops out of the woodwork.

seren nos    pirate
19/10/2012 at 12:26

are you sure you want to do winter open swimming.i did it last winter and needed neoprene booties, gloves and hats.and it was still bloody freezing ...........

you might want to rethink this thread in spring.......

but if you want to go 'm always willing


19/10/2012 at 12:50
I will be renewing my membership to Lake 32 at Cotswold Water Park and happy to invite guests at ??5 a time

Lake 32 is open 365 days a year up until 10am and from 5pm to night fall on a Tuesday. They also add a Thursday in Tri season.

Not keen to travel to other venues as swim training is not on my agenda for 2013
19/10/2012 at 12:52

Is the sea temperature still holding up at the moment?

19/10/2012 at 12:53

I would imagine if I got in the sea at this time of the year thats the only thing that would be holding up !!

19/10/2012 at 13:42
joddly wrote (see)

Is the sea temperature still holding up at the moment?

it's 14.1C in the Channel off GWR today - that's swimmable but the issue isn't the sea temp but how cool it is when you get out.  if you can't get warm quickly after then hypothermia becomes a danger

20/10/2012 at 18:18

Thanks for a sensible answer, FB !

These people who manage to swim all year round must have a totally different physiology to the rest of us!

M...eldy    pirate
20/10/2012 at 18:28

or be slightly mad ? !

Cortina5    pirate
20/10/2012 at 20:46

Like the people I see in the lake in just swimsuits/shorts.

Blisters    pirate
25/10/2012 at 23:32

I did swim open water a couple of days ago in just my jammers. However it was in the south of Italy. All was going well until I hit a few jellyfish. Boy, did I whelp. Even now I have a 4 inch wide strawberry tattoo of an unmistakeable jelly fish on my bicep. It completely put me off, and I swam back to shore, looking out for more of them (and there were more) despite my lack of goggles.

No issue with hypothermia, it was around 20-26 degrees.

28/10/2012 at 18:06

I'm still swimming every weekend.  Next weekend I am swimming down Portsmouth and Bournemouth way if anyone wants to join me.

The following weekend I am in the Ouse near St. Neots.

joddly wrote (see)

Thanks for a sensible answer, FB !

These people who manage to swim all year round must have a totally different physiology to the rest of us!

Not at all Joddly.  You just need to go in at least once a week and be determined.  Anyone who can do an endurance event can swim through winter as they have already proven that they have the determination.

However, I certainly wouldn't be recommending it to anyone who is thinking of taking up open water swimming right now.  It will be a shock to the system if you aren't used to it.

And you do need to know your limitations, have plenty of ways of warming up afterwards, and know the signs of hypothermia - not just for yourself, but so that you can keep an eye on the others around you too.

Blisters    pirate
28/10/2012 at 22:08

S Caz

What's the situation with jellyfish off UK shores? I've seen them occasionally washed up, but that's clearly just an indicator. Hypothermia I can be aware of, but debilitating stings add as much fear as getting crippling cramps in deep water.

24/11/2012 at 16:21

Hi guys, I've been a bit busy so haven't checked in for a while.

In theory there can be jelly fish off the shores of the UK, but I've never seen one or been stung myself.

I've been told that they are no worse than nettle rash, so only really a problem if you swim through a whole swarm of them.  In the UK you are unlikely to meet any swarms as the ones that wash up here tend to be lost so are on their own.

I'm still swimming outside most weekends.  Water temperature is about 8 deg in the rivers and 10 deg in the sea.  Anybody else still swimming?


09/12/2012 at 12:29

Havent been open water swimming recently, but when my heating packed up last week I have had some cold water training in the form of cold showers in the morning. I think the cold water swimming I did last Sept/Oct has helped me get used to the showers.



11/12/2012 at 11:51

I have trouble swimming in the Sea in the summer, let alone winter.  I don't think I could swim in 14 degrees let alone get out and warm up.  10 degrees and I'd be inviting death.

I use hats; gloves; socks in the summer let alone once it gets a little cold - sorry SC, less warm. .

Would be interested to see when people 'start' back sea swimming.

11/12/2012 at 21:22

It was March for me this year but Caz has moved so might be a bit later next year unless she happens to be in south one weekend when it's cold but sunny or there are some other lovely mad people hitting the sea then :

Blisters    pirate
12/12/2012 at 18:36

There's a Christmas Day swim at (unheated) Sandford Lido in Cheltenham.
The photos show lots of brave souls in standard swim wear about to just dive in and then dive out again.

Surely someone should go for a few lengths in a wettie?

Blisters    pirate
02/05/2013 at 14:34

OK, May is here. Time to make some proper arrangements.

Pudge    pirate
02/05/2013 at 14:40

I'd be interested in any watery goings on in the North West.

Razor51    pirate
02/05/2013 at 15:27

Pudge , we swim at Salford Quays when it opens, also gonna try Pennington Flash which is nearer you.

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