Rough water exits

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.

From loneswimmer.com:

  • 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 🙂

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Real December water – but not cold….

Mr. Lynch’s picture shows that it’s a bit frothy at the beach, but still swimmable out beyond the wave break in his famous “calm bit”.   Just a small few down swimming, but it’s still not cold.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville – 10 December, 2013

Stormy Monday

We really got lucky with the weather last Saturday – if we had faced this Monday’s weather, it would have meant another swim cancellation.  Monday was great fun to surf around, though…for those willing to try it….

Open Water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Hmmmm – will I go in or won’t I? No….Siobhan opts for the “I’m taking pictures” option…

First to test the waters – Joanne & Tadhg were early: conducting sea-lice experiments.Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Next in were Diarmuid Herlihy & Rian Herlihy – Rian is swimming the Straits of Gibraltar in 2014.  Diarmuid already knows the route!

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Over a dozen swimmers on a night like this – no stopping us 🙂 .

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Surfers

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Peter O’Mahony & David O’Mahony – with Safe Swimmers

Open Water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Stephen O’Reilly & Gary Frost

Some people just hate the water….read Carol’s latest exploits here.Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Monday nights will continue until October 21st – the clocks go back on October 27th, so that will be that.

We’re also swimming at 8.15am on Saturdays, which will continue right through the Winter.  Some afternoon swims are also planned and we’ll post these details once we’ve worked them out.  All welcome, as ever.

Swimming with the ships

Riana Parsons took a couple of great pictures in Myrtleville yesterday.  Have to say, I didn’t notice the second ship over the tops of the waves, which were a lot higher in the middle of them than they look in the pictures!

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Race you to the ship – Myrtleville 9 April, 2013

Open Water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Ships playing chicken – Myrtleville – April 9, 2013

Stormy weather

Riana Parsons very kindly passed on some fantastic pictures she took from Myrtleville (closer to Fennell’s Bay) towards Roches Point.  It wasn’t very swimmable…

Open Water Sea Swimming in Cork, Ireland

Roches Point from Myrtleville / Fennell’s Bay

Open Water sea swimming in Cork Ireland

Roches Point across waves breaking on the Dutchman rocks

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Cargo ship passing Roches Point – taken from Myrtleville

White water

We’ve had a mild Winter, with very few days when you couldn’t swim in the sea at Myrtleville.  Last Sunday, however, the pool looked like an attractive option compared to the open water….

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Rough water in Myrtleville, 17 February 2013

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Rough water in Myrtleville, 17 February 2013