We have been struggling with finding a good way to push out our CHILLI CHAT INFO SHEETS that will work for everyone. We have decided the best way for now is to post them as BLOG posts so they can easily be viewed on both the website and the app.
So, here is NUMBER TWO of our now regular CHILL CHAT INFO SHEETS. These are designed to ensure 'newcomers' have a record of useful information to support the COLD WATER SWIM INDUCTION they have completed with us this year.
They also act as a 'reminder' for those that have been swimming for some time in colder temp... you can thank us later ;-)
How to swim in cold water - Best Practice Top 10
Try to start swimming in "cold" water in summer when in fact it's nice and warm, 15c + then come autumn, just keep going. We find that most of our CHILLI SWIM members have completed at least one or two summer seasons before they give COLD WATER SWIMMING a go although this is recommended, others have just 'gone for it' and been successfully inducted through our induction session.
THE GOLDEN RULE: don't overdo it - there's always tomorrow. Safety is paramount, listen to your body. While it's important to observe all precautions normally associated with swimming in open water, low temperatures mean taking extra care.
WHEN YOU FEEL COLD, get out, get dressed and warm up. You'll find your tolerance, both time and temperature, will steadily improve.
There's no need to swim in cold water every day - once a week is enough, and even then for just a few minutes. Cold-acclimatisation is a long-term process. Many don’t get passed 8c despite years of training.
Swimming in a heated pool in between cold dips does not interfere with the acclimatisation process.
Never jump or dive into water below 15C (59F). Always wade or lower yourself in - this gives your body time to switch into "cold mode".
Avoid having cold water enter your nose. There is very little bone between the nasal cavity and your brain, and chilling the brain can result in cold shock to avoid this consider using a nose clip. Ear plugs may also aid your warmth.
Always wear a swim cap, as a surprisingly large amount of body heat is lost through the head. Believe me, it makes a difference. A brightly coloured cap will also enhance your visibility.
It's best not to train alone. Cold training puts the body under considerable stress and cold water can also cause cramp.
Health problems needn't prevent you from cold training, but should you have a health problem (or any concerns) you should seek the advice of a health professional. Those suffering from asthma, heart problems, low or high blood pressure, pregnancy, epilepsy and diabetes need to take particular care.
Hopefully that will help you think about your next cold water swim adventure and we look forward to seeing you all as soon as we can shake off LOCKDOWN II and get opened again.
We are planning on offering some morning swim sessions as soon s possible after the 2nd so plan on swimming on THURSDAY 3rd - FRIDAY 4th - SATURDAY 5th - SUNDAY 6th December!!