Cold-water swimming: frequently asked questions
How can cold-water swimming benefit my health?
Cold-water swimming has become increasingly popular, with a quarter of all open-water swimmers taking up the hobby between 2021-22. Taking a dive in the wild side has been backed by science as a highly effective way to support mental and physical health – with studies showing it can help to ease muscular pain, improve sleep, and elevate your mood. Modern life can be hectic, and there’s something liberating about hitting ‘pause’ on the everyday stresses to connect with the great outdoors. Better yet, it’s refreshingly budget-friendly.
What precautions do I need to take when cold-water swimming?
Wild swimming calls for much more precautionary care than your average gym workout. Always do your research before diving in, and look for safe places that have lifeguards for optimum safety especially if you’re new to the activity. It is also strongly recommended to bring a friend along for further support.
How can I ensure I’m doing cold-water swimming safely?
Cold-water swimming is a highly enjoyable activity with endless benefits, but it’s also important to stay safe. Key safety measures include:
- Choosing a safe location
- Taking a cold-water swimming course
- Wearing a bright-coloured swimming cap
Some venues have cold-water swimming clubs where you can join a support system of peers also keen to make a splash. Find out more information about staying safe while cold-water swimming here: https://nowca.org/cold-water-swimming-a-safety-guide/
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