Thanks hatter and tricky for swimming input.
I may give it a go outside now it's getting warmer.
I can swim it's just I'm a bit breaststrokey (!)
Never been taught how to swim correctly really so no front crawl experience
Emmy you do make me laugh (the fish!)
What a gorgeous husky you have he must be lovely to run with. Did you get him from overseas? You mention bringing him to the UK.
That wasn't meant as sarcasm by the way, I cant swim well either but feel i should take advantage of being near the sea.
Would you recommend improving in a swimming pool first before attempting open water?
Stutchbury, it depends on the sort of trails you intend to do. If nice dry forestry trails you can wear your normal road shoe.
If you are planning something a little mord serious you need more grip. I would recommend inov8 too for grip you cant beat them. I wear merrell pace glove for my normal shoe both on and off road but have some Inov8 bare grip for extra sloppy stuff!