The sea is getting rough next week and we’re heading into Winter, when rough water and waves will be much more common. Swimming in the waves is great crack, no question.
Getting in and getting out of the waves is not quite so much fun and potentially dangerous.
Donal Buckley is doing a very detailed series on this and I’m going to point everyone there. However, I’m going to copy a couple of his lines below – just as a summary.
We’re very lucky in Myrtleville to have a sandy, safe exit 99% of the time. There are rocks, though, and even on sand a wave can hit and flip you very easily. That’s painful – and dangerous. Think before you get in and think very hard about how you’ll get out. It’s too late to do that when you’re in the waves.
- You should not be getting into open water before you know where or if you can safely exit.
- You should not let others decide for you if exit conditions are safe.
- Alternatively you should not get into the water simply because someone else is already in there.
- A corollary of these statements is that you should not be getting in the water in anticipation that a safe exit will somehow present itself once you have entered the water.
Swim safe – which can mean “don’t swim today”. If it looks a bit dodgy to get in, it’ll be a lot worse to get out 🙂
Mark your diaries for the Turkey Swim Dates 2017! Times, Locations & Dates below…
Remember this is open to everyone who swims regularly in the Sea, no matter where they normally swim. This is not exclusive to any club or group of swimmers, If you want to swim on a date, come along, find a swim buddy and join in, no matter where the swim is on! The Sandycove times are based on tides and at Myrtleville we can swim on any tide so there is a mix of Morning/afternoon times to try and suit all people over both days of the weekend. Wetsuit, Skins, Fins, all welcome!
How the ‘Turkey Swims’ work:
** Swimmers Sign In and pay €2 on the day of Swim. (someone will have a money box and sign-in sheet – probably Carol, Angela or Eoin).
** Money Collected goes towards Prizes drawn on 23rd Dec at Fountainstown, These include Butcher Vouchers (instead of an actual Turkey) and many other spot prizes (The Edge Vouchers / wine / chocolates / selection boxes etc!). We had over 30 prizes last year.
** Don’t Forget to Pay and Sign In, if you don’t you are not in the draw!
** Make however many swims you can.
** The more you swim, the more times you are entered for the ‘draw’.
** A Swim doesn’t have to be 30mins, no min/max time or distance, turn up and do what you feel comfortable with on the day. Togs or Wetsuit, up to you, swim safe, stay warm, swim with similar speed buddies. Turning Up for Fresh Air and a chat also counts, sometimes that’s what we need.
** The Swimmers Turkey Series is a Social Event for Cork OW swimming in the Winter.
Remember to bring your Flasks for after the swims for hot drinks to help you warm up, Nibbles are always welcome too!, there is talk of some people bringing cake! ideal way to practice for the Great Turkey Bake Off on Sat 23rd Dec! (See the Facebook event
for more info)
East Cork Open Water Swimmers
Are meeting 11th October 8pm Midleton Park Hotel.
Wear swimming shirts if you have them.
Meet in the main bar.
Agenda – trying to establish regular swim times in East Cork.
Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested.
Wondering what to get for the swimmer (and car-owner) in your life, this Christmas? The year’s must-have fashion accessory, of course. The Myrtleville Swimmers windscreen decal. I didn’t even have to make this one up. Fair dues to Owen McSweeney.
You’d expect to find Kieran Murphy around anything like this – and sure enough…
Can’t wait to see Finbarr Hedderman’s car when he gets his one done. Bernard has already ordered one for Ann Lynch. Don’t tell her though, it’s a surprise.