- Ice swimming – anyone do it?
This is a whole different leveI to the swimming I used to do in winter when I was a lad
Is it though? I doubt a scottish loch in winter is going to be much above 4 degrees?
I’ve done similar – arctic fjords in March, glacial lakes. Love it! One of the norway swims was under some pretty decent northern lights. I’d swum so I was comfortably numb and just floated on my back for a minute, watching the light flash across the sky.Posted 1 month agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
I doubt a scottish loch in winter is going to be much above 4 degrees
Loch Tay spends the winter at 3.5-4*c.
We know this because some clever clogs suggested to AALS that there should be a minimum safe water temperature for children to canoe/sail/swim/gorge walk etc at outdoor centres. And 10*c was the suggested figure. Our shallow harbour on Loch Tay managed that for a fortnight in August.Posted 1 month ago
It is sometimes necessary to take an ice axe to break up the surface – especially if the venue is Loch Morlich. Of course, that can mean it’s more of a dip than a swim, but the health benefits seem worth it..
Mrs Scotroutes is up there this afternoon.
On suits vs skins, the prevailing thought seems to be that it’s better without a wetsuit, just to avoid the inevitable cold, wet struggle getting it off before getting dried. Dryrobes are popular.Posted 1 month ago
Madame has a colleague who after cancer and chemeo has all sorts of aches and pains which are eased by swimming in cold water, so that’s what she does.
I don’t have much fat and soon grind to a halt in cold water. Back when the temperature limits for a triathlon swim without wetsuit were lower I came out of a 1500m at 18°C feeling cold and never properly warmed up for the rest of the race.Posted 1 month agodovebikerMember
There’s a sauna by the river in centre of the city of Rovaniemi in arctic Finland that has an open-air plunge pool – in the winter they break the ice to keep it open. It has quite a high fatality rate as people jump in, suffer a cardiac arrest and disappear under the ice! They usually find the bodies in the spring when the ice melts.Posted 1 month agohoojaMember
Genuine question – How do you actually do it, are some people just not put together appropriately for cold water shock?
I generally love a bit of pain and suffering, I really don’t mind being ridiculously cold, winter climbing etc.
However, cold water… No
I cannot handle the nuts to nipples section, I just cant ease myself in. Before you say, you just dive in and get it over with, last time I tried that, my lungs panicked and contracted and took in a full lung full of air (well they thought it was air, they didn’t realise I was underwater)
Id love to do it, my wife loves it, friends love it… It just freaks me out
Don’t mind surfing all winter in a wettie, hood and boots though.Posted 1 month ago
People die of hydrocution for sure, but more often in the Summer when they’re hot and the body has lots of blood near the surface keeping it cool. Dive into cool (not even cold) water and that blood cools very quickly to the point it’s dangerous when it circulates to vital organs. In cold conditions you’re going to be cold and shutting down the blood supply to the surface before you get near the water – unless you are Scandiavian and insist on going from a sauna into a frozen lake. In answer to the quesiton “how do you do it”, the sensible answer is “slowly”.Posted 1 month agoFB-ATBSubscriber
There’s a sauna by the river in centre of the city of Rovaniemi in arctic Finland that has an open-air plunge pool – in the winter they break the ice to keep it open. It has quite a high fatality rate as people jump in, suffer a cardiac arrest and disappear under the ice! They usually find the bodies in the spring when the ice melts.
Ah, that’s probably what happens in the new Bond film trailer.Posted 1 month agoleffeboySubscriber
Tried it once in Denmark when there was snow on the ground. Felt like my feet were being sawn off and I really couldn’t get in further than my waist. Liking the socks that Kate had in that video – that might be a solution to that problem. Still not sure it was pleasant but never got fully in so that might also be part of the problemPosted 1 month ago
I mentioned the thread to Madame who remembered this:Posted 1 month agocowgirlyvoMember
I do this every week; I’d go every day if I could. It’d be fair to say I’m reasonably obsessed with it. Start outdoor swimming in the summer and then just keep going. You can then acclimatise to the colder water as the temperature decreases. I’d agree a wetsuit is too much faff and you get too cold taking it off, but if it works for you, go for it! Dryrobes are good. Neoprene gloves and boots with a swimsuit are useful, but don’t adhere to the Ice Swimming Association criteria (only swimsuit, normal swim hat and goggles for their events and if you want to do an official ‘ice mile’). Diving in is not recommended for the reasons hooja experienced. Put a woolly hat on as soon as you get out and warm up with a brew!Posted 1 month ago
Start outdoor swimming in the summer and then just keep going.
I tried that when I lived in Sitges, every day until the end of November. It was then about 15°C and I cracked. My main sport at the time was climbing, I wasn’t a really skinny climber but not enough fat to cope with 15°C let alone ice swimming.Posted 1 month agosteverSubscriber
I’ve got a few swimmer mates, I petered out a month or 2 ago and will probably start getting back into it (with ice cream heads) around April. Some of them are out in skins all year. I tend to think of it as ‘exercise’ but a lot of them don’t actually do that much swimming, it’s more about the buzz and the experience and coming back from the drop. And cake. There usually seems to be cake.Posted 1 month agograhamt1980Subscriber
As said above.Posted 1 month ago
go on slowly, I find it easier to acclimatise in skins or at most a shortie sleeveless swim skin that is 1mm thick.
I have found that a neoprene hat underneath my swim hat works a treat too, but don’t wear socks or gloves.
I really enjoy it but as said above not really exercise this time of year as you are not on long enough for a proper swim.
I do max 700m and at present less.
hoping to get out again at the weekend
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