Boxing Day is a traditional day to take a festive dip and over the last few years cold water swimming has seen a massive increase. We reached out to Swim coach Sarah Porter to find out the best way to navigate a boxing day swim.
So whether it’s your first or 20th Boxing day swim, here are Sarah’s top tips on how to do them safely.
1.Check in with yourself
How are you feeling? If you haven’t had much sleep, eaten or not your usual self then today is not the day to go into cold water, as your body is already working pretty hard to make you feel well and adding the extra stress of cold water will do it any good whatsoever. The water will always be there tomorrow. If you are well – then make sure you have eaten before you go and take a warm beverage for afters – trust us, you’ll thank us later.
2.Scout out the water
Make sure you know the water that you are going into.
Are their safe entry and exit points?
Do you know how deep it is?
Are there any dangers you need to be aware of?
There are various online resources you can look at for information. If you are going in the sea – check the tides – are there any rips or rocks that you need to know about? Talk to local people and check the resources included below.
3.Get kit right
What do you need to wear? Wear something on your feet – you don’t know what lies beneath the surface – this can be sea shoes, old trainers or you may have wetsuit boots. A bright hat – this helps you to be seen – this can be a bobble hat or a swimming hat – the brighter the better. A brightly coloured tow float is a great investment if you are going to be a regular swimmer – it can help you be seen, store your keys and can work a float aid for a short amount of time.