A RE-POST FROM 2014: IMPORTANT STUFF. SWIM SAFE – IT’S COLD OUT THERE.
As we head towards the lower sea temperatures, some swimmers are making a decision on whether to take some time out of the sea or continue with a wetsuit, or in togs. This is an individual decision and should be made on safety grounds alone. Don’t just follow a group – your safety is your responsibility.
We’re fortunate that much detailed thought has been given to cold water swimming and hypothermia by Donal Buckley on http://www.loneswimmer.com. In making a decision on whether to swim through the Winter, everyone should read at least some of his many articles on his chosen specialised subject. His recommended shortlist of articles to begin with are as follows:
WHY would anyone swim in cold water?
The Ten Commandments of Cold Water Swimming.
“What temperature of water is too cold to swim in?”
How To – Understanding Mild Hypothermia in swimmers
Cold water and cold immersion shock, the first three minutes.
Ice Mile Dilemmas VIII – The Dangers.
If you want to know more, there are about fifty articles which he has helpfully put in this Index.
Swim Safe. Swim Responsibly. Educate yourself. Remember – Cold Always Wins.