I took up cold water swimming seriously in 2020, I’d always swum in the sea but never after September! I know the jury is still out on the scientific benefits of swimming in cold water so I can only speak about the benefits that I have gained from embracing our local rivers and sea. And they are HUGE!
The first year I swam in a wetsuit, the second year I wore neoprene trousers and this year it’s just gloves and boots, they call this a Penguin!
To answer the most asked questions, yes it is cold, no I’m not mad, and yes I do feel blooming marvelous afterwards. In fact I feel an endomorphin high all day, every time. The only downside is that I struggle to swim in chlorinated pools now, a price worth paying I think.
And we are so lucky to have so many beautiful places to swim. Hidden coves, moorland rivers and I love a simple swim up the Yealm. The great thing about Anchor Cottage is that you can swim back to the slipway and grab a hot chocolate made in the milk frother!