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Cold Water Swimming Tips

  • First time cold water swimmers are advised to notify the lifeguard at any event
  •  Wear your Crisis swimming hat to help retain heat
  •  Acclimatise to the cold; get in gradually and do not jump in to cold water.
  •  Swim gently at first, allowing time to overcome the shock/shallow breathing reaction to the cold
  •  Seek help immediately if they feel very cold, woozy, nauseous, disorientated, dizzy or faint
  •  Warm up gradually after getting out of the water. Use lots of layers, and wear clothes without complicated fastenings. Don't have a shower straight away. Wrap up after the swim and avoid standing around.
  •  Consult your GP before getting into the water if you suffer from heart disease, asthma, lung conditions or any other medical conditions that might be affected by exposure to cold water, or if you are pregnant.
  •  There will be plenty of fully trained lifeguards by the pool for the whole event

If you are participating in your own event, please consider the following additional points:

  • Please don't try this alone; make sure someone is with you who will be able to help you if you get into trouble.
  • Take your mobile phone and make sure someone knows where you're going
  • Be safe and check local advice when choosing where to swim. You are responsible for choosing a safe location, and assessing your own ability.
  • If swimming in open water, go with someone experienced, wear brightly coloured clothes or are easy to see. Bear in mind that boats and other vehicles may be using the same water as you.