ice and winter swimming

How ice swimming helped me get control of my anxiety

I knew that I could die if I stayed in there too long. I kept asking myself if it was safe, or was I stupid for exposing myself to the extreme cold in an icy lake. The level of pain that gripped my whole body was intense and I had to fight hard to stay in control of my thoughts. As my extremities started to go numb and the alarm bells inside my head intensified, I focused on my breath. That helped. A little. 

Swimming out of the darkness: How cold-water swimming helps with mental health

Literally and metaphorically, Frog and Jessie are emerging from the fog.

With the closures of the local pools under lockdown, following the black line was no longer an option.

So, the friends began swimming outdoors.

Jessie and Frog have known each other for years, but the early morning open-water swims have drawn them closer.

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.

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.

Salt water sisters: meet the wild-swimming Irish women who take the plunge 12 months a year

Year-round swimmer Kathy Donaghy meets some of the growing number of women forging their own saltwater communities, taking the plunge through the winter

The water is at its coldest now. It's only 8°C but it feels like it's freezing. At high tide the women gather. Springing from cars, stripping off jackets and scarves, donning colourful hats and goggles. It's time to get in.

Ice-swimming in Sweden: Is this the world's most extreme competition?

Recreational, competitive or for health reasons, Scandinavians aren't short on excuses for jumping into the cold winter waters of the north. In Skellefteå they even celebrate it with a yearly festival.
Though the jury is still out on perceived health benefits, outdoor swimming in the middle of the winter is a Scandinavian pastime that is sure to get your endorphins going.

The ice swimmer champions tackling frozen lakes

While most of us are wrapping up in coats, gloves and scarves to leave the house on chilly February mornings, one hospital worker is preparing to plunge into a near-freezing mountain-top lake.

Alistair Bell hopes to make his mark in the extreme sport of ice swimming.

Bonfire Swim 2020

Date: 
Sunday, 1 November, 2020 - 06:00

Experience a cool dip as an awesome firework display s burst above then warm up around the bonfire with a delicious bowl of grub!
Join the cool crew at our annual 'Bonfire Swim' at the picturesque Boundary Water Park. Experience a cool dip as an awesome firework display bursts above you then warm up afterwards around the roaring bonfire with a delicious bowl of loveliness.

From the Northumberland coast to swimming in Antarctica - Alnwick swimmer's epic challenge

Jane Hardy is used to the cold while swimming off the Northumberland coast, but why she's raising the bar by braving even colder waters

Open water swimmer Jane Hardy has learned to cope with the cold during her daily dips off the Northumberland coast.

The 53-year-old, who lives near Alnwick, puts in a swim of around a kilometre on her forays from her favourite beach.

Lack of cold temperatures felt within Doncaster's ice swimming community this winter

Chris Hill explores the link between climate change and the warmer than average rivers and lakes around Doncaster stopping his ambition of achieving an ice mile.

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