SO WHAT DO YOU DO, WHEN TEDDINGTON, WIMBLEDON OR WHEREVER YOUR LOCAL BATHS ARE, SIMPLY DON’T EXCITE YOU ANY MORE? YOU MAY HAVE FELT THE EXHILARATION OF SURFING, KITESURFING AND WINDSURFING, BUT WHERE DO YOU GO NOW AS FAR AS YOUR SWIMMING GOES?
There has been a surge of interest in open water swimming through both the growth of the “Wild Swimming” phenomenon and popularity of triathlons.
Cutting through the crystal clear waters of the Med along the Riviera, swimming in the sea around Burgh Island or another iconic UK landmark, or slicing through the calm waters of a beautiful lake such as Shepperton Lake, can take you into another world.
Not since Lord Byron’s swim in the footsteps of Greek Legend with his swim from Europe to Asia across the Hellespont, has there been so much interest in the sport.
Open Water Swimming is the ultimate adventure sport. There is something for all ages and abilities that can take you safely in stages out of your comfort zone. From making that first small swim in a lake, to swimming the Dart 10k, or even making an epic and iconic crossing such swimming from Alcatraz to the mainland.
So why is Open Water Swimming good for you?
- Its cheap and easy to get into.
- It is perfect for all ages and levels.
- Exercises all the muscle groups in a low impact way.
- By being conducted outdoors, you have a bonus endorphin rush.
- It is good for mind, spirit and body.
- It can save your life
There is no substitute for mastering the art of cruising in the great outdoors. Once you’ve done it a few times, swimming in a pool will be like running on a treadmill. In many ways it can be easier too. Swimming in salt water and or with a wetsuit gives you increased buoyancy, and many (especially men) find they unlock their super-swimmer persona once in open water.
Then of course there is the sheer romance swimming. Lord Byron was onto something, and was at pains to point out that he wanted to be recognised as Britain’s greatest swimmer rather than poet. Swimming albeit Durdle Door, or around Burgh Island, or the bays around Portofino and the Cinque Terre, add a completely new dimension to a sport, that can sometime hardly feel like one you’re having so much fun.
Throw in epic local cuisine and culture and your open water hobby can will be rattling off those items on your bucket list ticking, whilst enhancing and probably prolonging your life! Not bad for a not so new sport?
It does help to sort that stroke out. With Winter upon us, now is the time to sort out an efficient and beautiful front crawl, so you can hit the ground/water, swimming next season!
Swim Lab organise a Winter Swim clinic every Sunday at the gorgeous, ‘heated’ open air Hampton Pool. It’s aimed at those wanting to improve that stroke, or simply get fit for that first Tri.
There are also intense weekend Swim Clinics at the epic Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall, and of course coaching from intro to Ironman at the secluded Shepperton Lake from May 2015.
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