Have you tried winter swimming ? We are still swimming at Bardowie Loch on a Sunday morning at 10am.
Come & join us for an exhilarating swim to waken you up on a Sunday morning to kick start your day & your season.
Here are some tips:
Just keep swimming. Your body needs to acclimatise to cold temperatures. If possible, just keep swimming as the temperature drops, reducing your distance as the temperature gets colder. My first ever cold swim lasted about two seconds, but I was soon able to up my distances by swimming in the cold regularly. The more frequently you swim the quicker you will acclimatise as your body learns to adapt to the cold.
Stay safe. Open water can be dangerous. Do not swim in adverse conditions. Know your exit points and never swim alone.
Learn to recognise the signs of hypothermia. If you feel disorientated or stop feeling cold, get out of the water immediately.
Wear a swimming cap. In fact, wear two. It will help preserve body heat and prevent brain freeze.
Remember to breathe. Cold water shock causes hyperventilation. Enter the water slowly and breathe normally. Only dive in if you are used to the cold.
Know your limits. Cold water can be dangerous. Once you are acclimatised you can gradually increase the time you spend in the water. Everyone is different, just because your friend can do an ice mile doesn't mean that you can or have to.
Do not have a hot shower. Warming up too quickly after being exposed to the cold can take heat away from your core, leading to collapse.
Warm up gently. Get dried and dressed immediately and make sure you have plenty of warm layers and a woolly hat. A warm drink and a slice of cake will speed up the recovery process. (See below)
Shivering is good It means your body is working to warm yourself up.
Layering Up !
Have a look at our recommendations below:
Min 4/6 layers of clothing upper long sleeves thermal layers