Wild swimming

How about trying ‘Wild Swimming’?

There are rivers, lakes and waterfalls, coves, caves and beaches all over England that are perfect for a swim away from the crowds and the health benefits of a wild swim or natural dip are also well known.

You should also check the quality of the water you are going to swim in. The Environment Agency monitor all beaches and river in the UK.

Before you ‘wild swimming’ you should always make sure that the water is as safe. If you are swimming in a new spot, it is important to check the depth of the water and the current before getting in and diving should only be done with great caution, as branches and rocks can be hidden beneath the water. And always make sure that  the landowner has given permission.

The health benefits of open water swimming

Swim England have long been promoting the virtues of pool swimming, but did you know there are extra health benefits to open swimming?

The majority of these are based on the temperature of water in open water swimming being that little bit colder.

Read more about the health benefits.

What safety precautions do you need to take before you go wild swimming?

When the proper precautions are taken, wild swimming can be a safe and fun way to enjoy the outdoors. But in order to ensure you don’t get hurt and you are properly protected from the elements, some precautions should be taken.

First, you should always swim with a partner, or tell someone where you are going. Even if you have swum in the same spot many times before, accidents happen and it is important that someone else knows where you are.
Second, dressing appropriately for a dip in the outdoors is necessary.
Natural water can be cold and a wetsuit can protect you from hypothermia, which can come on gradually.

Always have warm, dry clothes nearby for when you get out of the water.

Goggles are also something to consider as they can protect your eyes in the murky water.

Wild swimming in Cambridgeshire

Discover the best wild swim locations in Cambridgeshire, whether a river swim, a lake or even a waterfall. Here are some organisations to help you get started.

Outdoor Swimming Society

Wild Swimming

Cambridge Sport Lakes