Wild swimming is something my family do every year. We have a local lake that is for swimming in, we also swim in the sea.
We are always very careful to dress for the water temperature because although the air is warm, the water is about 12 to 15 degrees at the moment.
I never go in the water on my own, my mum is a qualified life saver so she comes in with me and we always have someone watching from the side.
There is always a lot in the newspapers about the dangers of wild swimming, but it is great fun if it is done sensibly and in a safe place.
Advice for swimming outdoors
- Be careful of the water temperature.
- Wear a wetsuit, it keeps you warmer and more buoyant.
- Ask about local currents and safe places to swim
- Swim near the shore or in shallow water.
- Don’t jump in unless you know how deep it is and the area is clear
- Don’t swim alone
- Find out how clean the water is
- Wear bright clothes or carry a surface marker buoy if there are boats around.
- Know how far you can swim
- Makes sure you know where you are getting out
- Check the weather
- Have somebody watching you from the shore.
There are lots of websites on wild swimming where you can find out more about safety.