Want to know more about outdoor swimming? Well, our very own Chief Instructor – Power, Rachel Andrews is a bit of an expert. Here she tells us more about it and shares some of her top tips to help you get started…
I spend much of my spare time at the weekends, and sometimes before or after work floating about in rivers or the sea. I absolutely love it. I do all kinds of swimming from dipping (getting in for just a few minutes, mostly in the winter) to swim adventuring to training for and taking part in marathon swims.
I really like the feeling of the water on my skin and the ability to be completely immersed in nature with no other distractions.
I sometimes swim with a friend or two (if allowed!) but often do so alone.
I’ve had some amazing experiences in the water swooshing in the fast-moving River Dart, being followed and observed by a kingfisher on the River Usk and watching a sunrise at Lepe only to turn back towards the beach and find I had a seal for fairly close company. Swimming gives me the chance to relax and unwind but also to feel present in the moment.
If you’re interested in giving it a go, here are some top tips to help you get started…
I also make videos to encourage people to give it a go safely. I have posted one a week for just over 2 years.
For more tips on how to get started, you might want to check out this playlist:
Get Involved with outdoor Swimming https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrBM9GuZgXX6dGkhGdXU1TPD2N69EA_UU
If you think you fancy it, but you’re still a bit nervous, maybe this video will put your mind at rest: Is body confidence stopping you swimming?
Always happy to have a chat about it if you fancy trying it but want to chat about it first; here in Hampshire we’re in an outdoor swimming paradise!
Fantastic, thanks Rachel, sounds amazing and the videos are fab….I might be brave enough to give it a go myself!!!