Wild Sea Women Cold Water Exposure Safety Tips
- Never dip alone
- Check tide times using My Tide Times App. The water is moving at its slowest an hour before and an hour after high tide and low tide. Also note that high tides will be higher and low tides will be lower on a full and new Moon due to the gravitational pull.
- Check wave height for your local beach using Magic Seaweed App (only available to check this information at surf beaches)
- Check for rips and also be aware that rip tides tend to have a stronger pull at low tide
- If caught in a rip, remember not to swim against it, instead swim parallel to the shore at a slight angle heading back into shore
- if you’re new to dipping, build up your cold exposure time gradually, it’s advised to not stay in for longer than 1-3mins (you get all of the benefits of cold water therapy in just 3 mins)
- Condition your body to the cold by taking a daily cold shower – end your regular warm shower with a 30-60 second blast of cold
- if it’s safe to do so, walk into the water slowly, give your face a splash and walk out no further than the thighs and dip to just past the shoulders. Breathe, focusing on longer exhalations
- Always have a tow float and your mobile phone with you in a waterproof cover
Although you may feel warm in the water and may also feel warm for the first few mins when coming out of the water, the cold will hit you around 5-10 mins later as the bodies core temp begins to drop.
- Warm up slowly; squats or horse stance are great warm up exercises (no cardio)
- Apply plenty of layers of loose clothing and a warm hat (it’s also a good idea to wear a warm hat and or swim cap while in the sea)
- Drink something warm and sugary – AVOID CAFFEINE & ALCOHOL
- If you still feel cold, then put a hot water bottle under each armpit
- Although it can be tempting, avoid taking a warm shower or bath after cold exposure