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.

Back to the open water: how to approach your return to swimming outdoors

Last week the government lifted its lockdown restrictions on outdoor activities in England, meaning that after a long break we are now allowed to return to swimming. Whether you have decided to return to the water again or not, or are still waiting for restrictions to be eased in the rest of the UK, now is a good time to give some thought about how you might approach your return to swimming.

How do you prepare for open water swimming?

Open-water swimming is good for your triathlon fitness, your state of mind and your soul. James Witts explains how to safely make the most of every different body of water now the current restrictions have been lifted in England
Research from Sport England calculates that 4.1 million of us swam in lakes, lochs, rivers and seas between November 2017 and 2018. And you can see why. 

Boris Johnson gives the go-ahead for socially distanced open water swimming in England but RLSS UK and Swim England urge caution due to safety fears

Some outdoor sports that can safely operate under the new government guidelines, including social distancing, will be able to restart from Wednesday 13 May – according to Boris Johnson in Prime Minister’s Question Time this afternoon that includes open water swimming with one other person as long as social distancing is observed at all times. This guidance applies to England only.

EDF Aqua Challenge Update

As one of our largest annual swim series’ in Europe, the EDF Aqua Challenge annually organizes 13 amazing and diverse open water swimming experiences throughout France and the French region of Martinique.

As anticipated, we have been informed by the race organizers that changes have had to be made to the original schedule, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Please visit the GSS calendar for the up to date changes and cancellations to each event.

Real Sport

“Did you see that video on Facebook Donal? Complete tool”.
“I mean what the hell Donal, is your sport all gobshites like that?”
“It doesn’t matter you don’t use Facebook. It was on the news last night as well. Here it is here on my phone. Look!”
“What kind of a fool goes swimming in a storm? There was a marine red alert and all! I saw that on the Twittter machine.”

Alternatives to swimming: pros and cons

Does anyone remember those times before coronavirus? In that previous life, people would occasionally ask me, how do I find the motivation to do so much swimming? These were mostly non-swimmers, obviously. The question often arises from people who think you must be swimming for some greater purpose such as losing weight or getting fit. They don’t seem to understand that we swim because we love swimming. 

Changes to the Alpen Adria Swim Cup Schedule

It goes without saying, the priority for all race directors and organizers is always the safety of participants. Unavoidably, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of events have had to be rescheduled or cancelled this year. Months of hard work and dedication are invested into each event, so decisions to cancel or postpone are not taken lightly.

How to cope with life when you can’t swim

My working assumption is that everyone has bad stuff in their lives to deal with: traumatic events in the past, difficult issues to manage in the present and worries about what the future holds.

Swimming can’t solve life’s hard problems. It doesn’t cure illness nor (except for a few lucky people) pay the mortgage. 

Tethered swimming – how to train for the open water in your back garden

With local pools shut and no access to the open water you might think you have no swimming options beyond splashing about in your bath. But a garden pool is not as expensive as you might think and will allow you to train using a swim belt, bungee or tether. It’s very effective and actually a great workout. See below for some pool options available online for delivery.

Seven reasons why an enforced break from swimming might be good for you

There’s been lots of social media chat this week about whether outdoor swimming could be acceptable as your allocated one form of exercise per day. Opinions became quite heated. Rather than wade into that debate, we thought we’d share a few reasons why an enforced break from swimming, however much we don’t like it, might be good us.

Have Extra Time, Lots Of Energy? You Can Help

With the coronavirus pandemic causing pool and shorelines to be closed and more people put under various lockdown, quarantine, and shelter-in-line ordinances around the world, the number of hours swimmers can train is being significantly reduced.

Sharon van Rouwendaal, The Olympic Marathon Champ Who Trains In A Paddling Pool

Olympic marathon champion Sharon van Rouwendaal is used to going the distance in pool, rivers, lake, sea and ocean. She trains 90km a week.

This coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic season is different and we find the Montpellier-based Dutch ace in her backyard on a rope pacing herself standing still in a paddling pool.

CHUN KONG MAK BECOMES FIRST MAN TO SWIM A BUTTERFLY ICE MILE

A man immune to any water temperature, Chun Kong Mak swam 1609 meters in sub 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) waters in Altenworth, Austria.

How coronavirus will impact outdoor swimming

Not only is coronavirus frightening in itself, the changes it’s forced on society, and the speed with which those changes have been implemented, are a massive cause of anxiety too. For many of us, swimming helps us manage the stresses of daily life and is important to our sense of self and our physical and mental well-being. 

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