The Wild Swim Blog

Wild Swimming Spot Check: Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall, UK

Wild Swimming Spot Check: Bude Sea Pool, Cornwall, UK

Words by Tam Being a huge fan of wild swimming in tidal pools or sea pools, I had often heard great things about the Bude Sea Pool on the North Coast of Cornwall.  So when I was near Bude in November 2021 I knew a trip to Bude Sea Pool was a must. There's something about the calm and tranquil waters of a tidal pool which has always been a huge draw for me. I love that they can be a safer option than swimming in the sometimes rough and fierce sea, especially during the winter months when there are no...

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Top Tips for Dealing with the After Drop when Cold Water Swimming

Top Tips for Dealing with the After Drop when Cold Water Swimming

What is the After Drop? After swimming in cold water, your body temperature will continue to drop for anything up to 20 minutes which is known as the After-drop.  Remember, everybody will react differently, every body has different tolerances and only stay in as long as you are comfortable. Never “push” yourself.    When are you Susceptible to the After Drop? Even in the height of summer, water temperatures around the UK can be fairly chilly and can lead to you experiencing both Cold Water Shock (read that blog here) and the After Drop.  A serious after drop is something...

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Winter Wild Swimming in Mermaid Pools

Winter Wild Swimming in Mermaid Pools

Photo by Jo Clement It was one of those perfect winter days, a cold crisp morning where the car windscreen was covered in a blanket of white ice and the sun was just starting to rise up into the blue skies.  We had all our swim kit precisely packed into our bags along with bottles of hot chocolate and our lunch, not an inch of room spare in the full filled backpacks.   Off we trundled through the narrow back lanes of Cornwall's countryside towards one of our favourite tidal pools.  Low tide was at 11am and it was about...

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Wild Swimming Spot Check: London Bridge Arch Torquay

Wild Swimming Spot Check: London Bridge Arch Torquay

One of my most memorable swims ever was when I got the opportunity for a sunrise swim out to London Bridge Arch in Devon.   The impressive limestone arch pokes out of the coast just around the corner from Torquay harbour.   I found the easiest entry point was at Peaked Tor Cove from which, at close to high tide, meant an approximately 600-800m swim around to the Arch. When to get in the Water for a Sunrise Swim Depending on the distance, when jumping in for a sunrise swim I will normally try and hit the water just before Civil...

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Training for a Sub 60 Minute Ironman Swim

Training for a Sub 60 Minute Ironman Swim

  In December 2019; in a world that was a very different place than it is today, I decided to enter an Ironman competition as my first foray into the world of long distance triathlons. A couple of years prior to this I got into Triathlons and along with this my fire for swimming at speed versus just for experiencing the outdoors was reignited.  This brought a much needed structure to my life and the enjoyable sensation of progress. Digging into the world of data that is now available to us through smart watches is one of my favourite past...

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