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Wild Swimming Safety Basics

Wild Swimming Safety Basics

This post has been driven by an unfortunate event that has brought into clear focus the real dangers that wild swimming can pose. It was a post by Keri-Anne Payne, the former open water world champion and Olympic Silver medallist. It’s deeply saddening that someone lost their life my thoughts and condolences go out to their family and friends. I only know the details of which Keri-Anne shared, but personally the shock of someone losing their life Every time we enter the water its a risk, and the best we can do is minimise those as much as possible.  The...

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Meet the maker behind Lulu Wild Headwear, Fay Preene

Meet the maker behind Lulu Wild Headwear, Fay Preene

 Photo by James Kirby Fay Preene is a wild swimmer, runner, all-round outdoorsy girl and creator of Lulu Wild, the beautiful handmade headwear brand. We caught up with Fay to find out a little bit more about her,  dive into our chat below. Where are you based? I am based in the central Lake District and my usual swim spot on Lake Windermere is just a short walk from my house - I feel extremely fortunate and still have to pinch myself most days! I am originally from North Yorkshire but relocated to the Lakes 4 years ago. Have you always been outdoorsy?...

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Getting back into the Outdoor Swimming Pools

Getting back into the Outdoor Swimming Pools

Woooo! As we have all cautiously stepped out of full lockdown, it’s probably no surprise that the first thing I was looking forward to doing was getting back in the water. Having been in London through the latest lockdown, my swimming options have been limited to the far from crystal clear waters of “Hackney Beach”. So when outdoor venues opened yesterday, I made sure I had a booking for my normal lap swimming venue: London Fields Lido.  Although it wouldn’t be considered a Wild Swim Spot, it gets close. It is heated, but chilly upon entry. In normal times I’ll...

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The Long Sleeve Swimsuit that will change your wild swims

The Long Sleeve Swimsuit that will change your wild swims

In the wild swimming world, there is often a question that gets asked - do you swim in skins (swimwear) or a wetsuit?  Throughout my outdoor swimming life I have more often favoured wearing swimwear over neoprene simply because I like the sense of freedom and easy movement it brings as well as the full on cold immersion experience. This winter season has been the first time I’ve swum pretty much right through (bar some time during lockdown) and I’ve only managed a few minutes in the water at a time.  Part of me has been relishing in the bone...

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The Serpentine - The Ultimate London Swim Spot

The Serpentine - The Ultimate London Swim Spot

As restrictions ease and the days lengthen, outdoor swimming venues are finally opening up to the public again.  Although they may not offer as wild a swim experience as tossing yourself off the end of a pier into a churning ocean, they provide the perfect place for those who are nervous about taking their first steps into the thrill that is wild swimming, with many providing lifeguard cover.  They also can be the perfect training ground for any budding distance open water swimmers or triathletes, enabling more focused training.   My favourite though has no lifeguards, but is somewhere you...

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