Socially Distanced Sea Swimming

Several weeks later…..after quite a few non-swimming swimming group zooms (when I remembered!) I decided to quietly slip back into the water now that we are able to do so. We’ve been going quite early and / or away from other people and have encountered only quizzical ‘rather you than me’ looks. The water is about 12.5 degrees, about 4 degrees warmer than when we last swam. My back is feeling better after a very dodgy few weeks and if you follow the link below….. what more needs to be said!

www.swimming.org/openwater/the-health-benefits-of-open-water-swimming

Better not to go alone, better to swim on an incoming tide when it’s flat and calm. Don’t forget the suntan lotion – environmentally friendly of course! Have a look at the patterns and different colours of the sands, the size of the ripples, the way the light is reflected in a myriad of ways. Enjoy the feeling of being in the water, change quickly once you are out, warm up and stay safe!

Accuweather temp 18 degrees, real feel 21, wind WSW, 9km/h, gusting 13, pressure 1022.5. Met Office 14 degrees, real feel also 14, wind ESE, 7km/h, gusting 9, pressure 1022. Channel Coastal Observatory wave height, 11cm, max 17cm, sea temp 12.8 degrees. Bliss!

Published by Victoria Thorneton-Field

Oceanographer, writer, advocate for mental health and environmental issues, all-year-round sea swimmer, located on the beautiful Isle of Wight.

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