Currently, we have sessions in the NE of England & SW Scotland;
NE England – Sunderland, Tynemouth, Seaham, South Shields
Wetsuits are also entirely optional. Although our group is more about experiencing the power and benefits of the cold, please wear what you’re most comfortable wearing.
No need to purchase expensive gear especially if you’re trying for your first time – most are just extra little luxuries and very handy especially when you first start cold water swimming). However – we strongly advise you to invest in a Tow-Float.
We advise that you check with your GP as we unfortunately are unable to also provide guidance on certain health conditions.
Generally our advice is not to do cold exposure if you are pregnant, though there are mixed views on this, and is often dependent on whether your body is already conditioned to the cold. We advise you also check with your GP or Midwife before joining.
Yes of course you can, we never recommend going out beyond the thighs (and just dipping under) but remember to invest in a Tow Float.
By joining with our pre dip breathing, this will help relax your body and also your mind. We will demonstrate the best way to breathe when going into the water to help keep you relaxed. Also, when first entering the water, enter very slowly and try splashing your face and neck with the water – this will give a good indication of how your body is going to respond to the cold.
Remember also, by doing something we’re not comfortable doing, we’re overriding our fight of flight response, leaving us with a strong sense of achievement as well as releasing good feeling hormones in the process.
You may just find that when you come up with other stressful situations in life, that you now have the ability to face them head on and in a more controlled way.
Not if you condition your body and gradually build up your cold exposure time. We advise to never compete with others. Everyone’s body reacts differently to the cold.
Take a cold shower at least 5 times per week, end your regular warm shower with a 30 second blast of cold water, week by week build up this time to 2-3 mins or longer. You could also build up your cold exposure time by simply going out on a colder day with fewer layers on, for example, if the weather is quite cold, try going for a 20 min walk in just a T-shirt (and of course something on the bottom half.)
Everyone is very welcoming and everyone is there for their own reasons. While some come for the health benefits, some come for the social aspect and others come for the challenge. If you are feeling too anxious about joining the group then how about inviting a friend or family member? If this is not possible then email us and we’ll offer more advice.
Then come and join and we can assure you that you’ll soon feel at ease – no one cares about how anyone looks, we come in all shapes, colours, sizes and nationalities. You are welcome and accepted just as you are.
So many to mention but here are a few;
Yes, although this is a Women’s group, we want to make it accessible to all women and if this means you need to bringing your child along then this is absolutely fine as long as they are with you at all times.
Of course you can, everything is optional, the pre dip session is there to take or leave.
Many women come along feeling anxious, not necessarily about going into the sea (though often about this) so the pre dip session is to help you relax, to bring your body from it’s fight or flight (Sympathetic Nervous System) state to a rest and digest (Parasympathetic Nervous System) state. Certain breathing techniques also activate the part of the brain which acts as a natural pain suppressant, meaning we feel the cold less.
In a nutshell, this is done by warming the body up slowing, so no cardio workouts after cold exposure as this puts too much pressure on the heart. Instead try squats or any slow movement exercises which works the thigh muscles.
You can also use the breath to warm your body back up, breathing techniques such as Breath of Fire which I demonstrate (in a fashion) here.
Avoid taking hot showers or baths after cold exposure, only take a warm bath or shower once the body has naturally warmed itself back up.
We don’t recommend doing this, the challenge isn’t going in or staying in the cold water, but comes once we get out of the water when the blood vessels open back up, which can cause an after drop. This is when the cold blood from the extremities mixes with the warm blood in the core and can cause involuntary shivering of the body (which is the body’s automatic way of warming itself back up ). It is important to never over do it and to always warm up properly.
We advise to NEVER dip or swim alone, always have someone with you or consider asking someone in the group if they’d be up for dipping at a time which suits you.