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Wild Body Walks with Laura the St Ives Mermaid

Wild Body Walks with Laura the St Ives Mermaid

Words by Tam On a sunny autumnal day in September I embarked on a truly magical experience with Laura Evans aka the St Ives Mermaid, on one of her Wild Body Walks in Cornwall, UK. Laura is passionate about Cornwall, the outdoors, the sea and being underwater; all passions I share with her so it is no wonder that once we met we connected immediately.  As soon as I heard that she had launched her Wild Body Walks, I couldn’t wait to join her on one.  Laura describes her walks as being guided along the wild Cornish landscape to a...

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A Sunrise Swim in Barcelona

A Sunrise Swim in Barcelona

This is a little story about a wild swim adventure that I had back in the innocent pre-pandemic days of 2019.   I was out in Barcelona for my partner, Carlota’s, birthday. I wanted to go for a bit of a longer swim, but even though the waters are often calm, I wanted to find some people with local knowledge to swim with.  Having once downloaded, then deleted, and forever still receiving email notifications from the app Meet-up, I thought it might be a good place to start. Not long after jumping back on, I found the perfect group: Sunrise Swim...

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A Wild Swimmer's Guide to Jellyfish and other Sea Stingers

A Wild Swimmer's Guide to Jellyfish and other Sea Stingers

For those of you who have been sea swimming of late, you may have noticed some jellyfish about in our coastal waters.  Every year we have to brush up on our knowledge and jellyfish ID to be able to identify the different species of jellyfish, so we thought we’d put together this little run down of the different jellyfish species we get in British waters.  Did you know? A group of jellyfish is called a ‘smack’ or a ‘bloom’ or a 'swarm'. A 'bloom' refers a dense cloud of jellies caused by an actual spike in reproduction whereas a 'swarm' refers to...

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Meet the Maker - Flora Jamieson Author of The Little Wild Swimming Book

Meet the Maker - Flora Jamieson Author of The Little Wild Swimming Book

Flora Jamieson is a wild swimmer, stained glass artist and author of The Little Wild Swimming Book.  She lives by the sea and swims most days throughout the year.  We absolutely love following her wild swim life through her instagram account @thelittlewildswimmingbook.  We caught up with Flora herself to dive a little deeper into her wild swimming life. Where did the idea for your book come about? I was invited to give a talk about wild swimming at a women’s retreat, and I wanted to produce a booklet that had useful, practical advice but that was also visually appealing and conveyed the beauty...

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The Ultimate Wild Swimmer's Guide to Tow Floats: Part 1

The Ultimate Wild Swimmer's Guide to Tow Floats: Part 1

So you’ve been out at your favourite wild swimming spot and seen a sea of orange on the sea (or pink for that matter).  What exactly are these alien look contraptions that you see floating about in the water? Maybe you’ve had a peek at the selection we have here in the store, but wonder what exactly is the difference between a tow float and a dry bag?  And what the seaweed is a Tow donut? Well keep on reading to find out the what tow floats are, what they are used for and which will suit your needs best....

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