Shake it up. A long sleeve thermal top tucked into thermal leggings under your normal clothes make you look like a bank robber, but keeps you warm and cosy. They should be stored in something waterproof but easy to access, right side out and stacked so that the clothes you put on first are on the top with your towel over them.
Your first pair may get damp and cold if you put them on damp and cold feet, so take them off and put on a warm fresh pair about 10 minutes later. Pile the heat on your head. Her longest swim so far was 21 miles across Lake Windermere and back, undertaken at night beneath a canopy of stars.
They meet on beaches, riverbanks, quarry sides and lake shores across Cornwall throughout the winter months. If you feel OK and recover well then you can always up it next time.
No Comments 0 0 0. She is one of only three women worldwide to have swum more than five ice miles, and the only person — male or female — to have swum an Ice Mile in butterfly. To become a member, you must swim at least metres at least twice a month, from November to March, in a sea, lake, unheated lido or river of your choice in just a swimsuit — no wetsuits or neoprene allowed. A huddle of happy swimmers have stripped down to swimsuits and wellies and stand, shivering and elated on the frosty shore, ready to plunge into the chilly water.
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Then put your hoody hood up over your hat to keep the chill off your neck. Squeals and swear words fill the frigid air. Leaving their wetsuits languishing on the washing line, these otherwise sane individuals like to dash into cold water together, clad only in their cossies. Combine steps 4 and 9 and pour the warm water into a bucket: fantastic to stand with your feet in warm water while you get dressed.
If you think wild winter swimming might be too much of a breeze for you, then perhaps you might like to try a spot of ice swimming instead. Some root ginger left to steep in a flask of hot water is an amazing treat when you get out of the water.
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A flask of something warm — Ribena, Bovril, sweet tea or coffee can all be good. Never swim alone.
But, winter wild swimming in Cornwall still offers all the fun, exhilaration and health benefits of an official ice swim, though. Getting into a cold sea just washes all that away and you always come out of the water feeling a whole lot better than you went it in. Dress your top half first, then put a DryRobe on if you have one and dress your bottom half.
Zips, hooks and straps are infernally fiddly for cold hands so invest in a vest. Pauline and many of her fellow club members have gone on to explore swimming in a range of even more intrepid ways. Now there are more than 3, To what does she credit this swell in s?
Connect with us. Next November, she will be the GB representative on an international team of ice swimmers undertaking a 1K swim in Antarctica. No menu ased!
Take a spare pair of fluffy socks. A bottle of warm water poured over your hands and feet will revive them.
Your toes will thank you for keeping them off the cold ground. Swimming with friends is safer and the companionship makes it more fun, too.
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Before you get in the water, make sure your clothes are ready for when you get out. Under International Ice Association rules, the water has to drop below 5 degrees celsius, whereas the sea around Cornwall rarely dips below 7 degrees.
A hot water bottle can be comforting too. Set yourself a time limit before you get in and stick to it.
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Warm socks and boots are a must. Where next? Winter wild swimming in Cornwall is undoubtedly experiencing a surge in popularity.