What’s ‘wild swimming’? The perfect antidote to cabin fever

The water may be cold but the health benefits keep these daring divers coming back.

Marianne Clark, a fitness and endurance coach, is a member of the oldest swimming club in Britain, located in Brighton. “The physical sensation of immersing yourself in cold water is a really life-affirming one,” she says. “I like the frisson of danger that comes with the sea, the fact that the water can be unpredictable. 

13 Reasons to Just Keep Swimming

Butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, and freestyle — no matter how you take to the water, swimming is the perfect workout. It engages your body without murdering your joints. It’s also a killer form of cardio.

Get out your swimsuits, folks. Here are the top 13 benefits of swimming.

Neil Agius crosses Sicily-Malta channel in record 28 hours

Maltese swimmer Neil Agius completes Sicily-Malta channel swim in record time to raise awareness on sea pollution
Swimmer Neil Agius made landfall in St Julians this morning after a record-breaking 28-hour swim between Sicily and Malta.

Wild Swimming for beginners

Why go ‘wild’ swimming

There is something slightly naughty, a little bit scary and wonderfully invigorating about leaving your wetsuit at home, and entering open water with just your skin (and perhaps a swimming costume) between you and the elements.
Freed from the thermal and neoprene protection of a wetsuit, cold water immersion provides a sense of elation and relaxation, soothes muscle aches, relieves depression and boosts the immune system. It’s also a fantastically convenient way to explore the countryside, with no kit to lug around.

Tales of the Riverbank

We have tides in the river here but we are not an estuary. Here we are above where the ocean tide meets the down-flowing stream. We are quite up the river, well away from the sea in a winding route. There is no tidal bore so the tide is backed-up river water, not brackish estuarine water. The salt tide pushes upstream, then the brackish tide pushes further up until it reaches Loneswimmer Tower, where the tide is all fresh water, but where, still, it is a tide, a mesotidal reach.

Greece is open! And here are 2 incredible races to get you motivated.

So come and check out a couple of the first races in the post-Covid era!  They will be amazing!

As of July 1, 2020, Greece is opening up again.  And there will be a GSS favorite and a new classic… that was 2,500 years in the making!

The Santorini Experience is back for another year, on Oct 2-4, 2020, on this Greek island, famous for its beauty and tourism.

CS&PF corona update

Members & Swimmers,

The CS&PF Committee has continued to monitor the constraints put in place by the UK Government, and although lockdown is easing across the UK, guidelines that set out the restrictions on the types of escort vessels operated by our pilots have been issued on 11th June by the British Government : UK Goverment Guidence Link

Wellbeing: Fancy dipping your toe into the world of open water swimming?

SWIMMING is one of the most effective ways to burn calories. In fact, just 30 minutes exercising in the water is worth 45 minutes of the same activity on land. So, with swimming pools remaining closed, but government guidelines now stating you can use outdoor facilities (while staying two metres apart), why not swap your chlorinated swim for a wild one?

Overcoming fear in the open water

A common challenge I hear from athletes about open water swimming is how to overcome fear and anxiety in the water.

I have found that having athletes focus on three key steps in preparation goes a long way to reducing stress, while increasing safety and enjoyment.

The Authentic Marathon Swim 2,500 years later

The Authentic Marathon Swim race comes 2,500 years later, at the place where it started, in Artemision. The authentic marathon swimming route performed by Skyllias together with his daughter Hydna revives by uniting the legend with history.

The historic sports event The Authentic Marathon Swim, taking into account the global consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and prioritizing the safety and health of participants and all involved parties, changes its date for September 4-6, 2020.

Swimmer’s Itch - protective measures, detection and treatment

Swimming at sunset, walking across moors or city parks to splash into dawn: these are glimpses of paradise for an outdoor swimmer. Sadly, in summer, there is a serpent in our garden: a tiny, fork-tailed, wormy parasite.

This parasite (of the family Schistosomatidae) causes ‘swimmer’s itch’ or more correctly cercarial dermatitis: an allergic reaction to the parasite – in its cercarial stage – burrowing into your skin.

No summer holiday? Councillors propose ‘wild swimming’ in the river

With long summer months ahead and limited possibilities of foreign holidays, councillors in Amsterdam have proposed designating official ‘wild swimming’ points along the Amstel river.

The Outdoor swimmer`s code

How swimmers can respect surroundings and others they come across when exploring rivers, lakes, ponds and seas

Who else uses the land that you swim through? Animal, people, fish, insects and birds: how to better respect the natural resource we all share.

Global Swim Series Announces Brand New Virtual Open Water Race

The Global Swim Series is proud to announce the launch of our first ever virtual open water swim race!  The GSS Virtual Races will be a series of open water virtual swims that can be done from anywhere in the world.  The aim is to give swimmers the opportunity to swim and compete in a fun open water swimming competition around the world, during a challenging time when most mass-participation events are cancelled.

Here are the places to go wild swimming in and around London this weekend

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, is there anything better than diving, head-first, into some of London’s under-the-radar wild swimming spots?

Last year the British Medical journal actually proved that wild swimming had a positive impact on our mental health, in the same way that forest bathing gives us a much-needed dose of nature therapy, wild swimming too helps us focus on key senses and surroundings, the splish-splosh of water and sounds of chattering coots and chirpy ducklings making us happier and calmer.

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