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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.

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.

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. 

Lifeguarding outdoors in winter - a chat with an open water lifeguard

We chat to Francesca Ridgard, a lifeguard at London Royal Docks, to find out what it's like to lifeguard outdoors in winter.

How different is it lifeguarding in winter compared to in the summer?

The key factors of lifeguarding are prevention, recognition and rescue.

A swimmer's perspective on the City of London Corporation's proposals for Hampstead Heath ponds

Nicola Mayhew, Co-chair of the Hampstead Heath Ladies' Pond, gives her opinion on the City of London's proposals to adopt 'applied' charging at the ponds from 2 May 2020.

The proposals would be applicable at the point of entry for the bathing ponds and Heath Rangers will oversee and ensure payment.

#IWDSWIMRISE 2020

On Sunday 8th March 2020, 83 swim groups around the world swam for International Women’s Day raising over £10,000 for charity. Vicky Allen, a key instigator in the #IWDswimrise movement, reports on her swim in Edinburgh.

Entries flying out of the water for 2020 Caldey Swim

Entries are flying out of the water for one of the UK’s iconic open-water swims, which takes place off the Pembrokeshire coast this summer.

The Caldey Swim – which covers the tricky stretch of water between the monastic island and Tenby – is due to be held on August 16.

The Caldey Swim 2020

Date: 
Sunday, 16 August, 2020 - 10:30

This year’s swim will be on Sunday 16th August and will start at 10.30am from Caldey. This means Swimmers’ Registration will be open between 08.00 and 09.30, the boats to Caldey leaving at 09.45. Our online booking office will be open for entries from 09.00 on Sunday 1st March, St David’s Day. We look forward to hearing from you then ………..

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