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Top 10 Tips for Wild Swimming

Top 10 Tips for Wild Swimming

New to Outdoor Swimming? Well here are the top 10 things we wish we knew before we started! From Cold Water Shock Safety advice to which camera to catch your antics on: There's something for everyone!

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What to Pack for an Open Water Swimming Holiday

What to Pack for an Open Water Swimming Holiday

Packing for my trip to the USA I found it hard to choose what to take and what to leave.  Considering I was going to be swimming in everything from mountain lakes filled with fresh snow melt, desert swimming holes and the Pacific Ocean.   Being early spring, I knew I would face changeable weather before and after my dips.   Wetsuit or Skins At first I considered going only skins (without a wetsuit).  Knowing that I had a few days with double (one ended up being triple) dips planned, I decided I would bring my wetsuit.      I...

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Top Tips for Wild Swimming in Spring

Top Tips for Wild Swimming in Spring

We don't know about you but we sigh a huge sense of relief when spring has sprung, the sign that we've made it through the darker winter months and the daylight is returning with the days starting to be longer than the nights.   The sunshine has been making an appearance lately, giving us a taster for those long, warmer days to come. So it's understandable that it makes you feel like summer is on its way and that the water will be suitably inviting.  But this is deceptive!  To help you on your way with wild swimming during the spring months, we...

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How to Look After your Wetsuit - A Step by Step Guide

How to Look After your Wetsuit - A Step by Step Guide

So you've invested in a wetsuit to swim in but how do you look after it?  Here we will run you through the Top Tips for Looking After Your Wetsuit, so that you can prolong its life which means getting many more swims out of it. Step 1 - How to Wash a Wetsuit As soon as you get home, before you post your swim pics to social media, the first thing you should do is to wash your wetsuit.  Do not leave it scrunched up in your bag thinking "Oh I'll get to that later".  Wetsuits which are left will start to...

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What's the Difference between a Surf Wetsuit and an Open Water Swimming Wetsuit?

What's the Difference between a Surf Wetsuit and an Open Water Swimming Wetsuit?

A wetsuit is a wetsuit right?   Well yes and no.  If you are just getting into cold water swimming, and have an old surf wetsuit stashed away it will definitely do the job of helping you get in the water and gain confidence.  However if you are going out there to buy a brand new wetsuit, or are looking to take your swims a bit longer whether by time or distance, then its worth knowing the key differences between the two as you make your decision.  The Thickness of the Neoprene The first difference you will notice is the...

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