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An Introduction to Open Water Swimming with Chris Millar

Open water swimming is quite different to swimming in a pool, there are less physical boundaries and perhaps more importantly, the outdoor environment and nature is incredibly different and diverse.

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An Introduction to Open Water Swimming with Chris Millar


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9:30am ‐ 10:45am
(various times per date)
Various Locations
Across Northern Ireland, NI, NI

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Open water swimming is quite different to swimming in a pool, there are less physical boundaries and perhaps more importantly, the outdoor environment and nature is incredibly different and diverse.

For those of you who tuned into watch our online film Cold Water Swimming with Dr Helen Massey and a few other enthusiastic swimmers you will have heard accounts to the benefits of swimming in the cold, apparently it’s great for your circulation, metabolism, immune system and mental health. Whatever way you look at it wild swimming is certainly on trend at the moment and with a surge in popularity during lockdown we too thought, “We’ll have to give this a go in the name of Science”!

Outdoor swimming coach, Chris Millar who appeared in our Cold Water Swimming film has offered to do an introductory session in two safe locations along the North Coast.

If you are interested this is such a great chance to give it a go under the guidance and instruction of a proper certified coach.

There will be a maximum of 5 people per session (75mins) and covered in the sessions would be-

• suitable locations and equipment

• reading weather forecasts

• how to read tide times

• hazard awareness

• rip currents

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:
Essential

  • bathing suit/trunks

  • tow float

  • swim cap

  • towel

  • flip-flops/wet shoes (for walking from carpark to beach)

  • flask with hot drink for afterwards

Recommended

  • wetsuit

  • goggles

  • plenty of warm clothes and woolly hat(for afterwards)

Should you have any difficulty getting a hold of any of these items Chris is a zone3 retailer and sells wetsuits, goggles, swim caps, tow floats etc. If you have any problems sourcing any of the kit about above let us know and we’ll put you in touch.

COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic we have a few important requests for you, to ensure that the event is safe for everyone attending or facilitating.

If you or anyone in your household are suffering from a temperature, a persistent cough, or a loss of taste or smell - DO NOT ATTEND (unless you have prior permission from us after providing a negative COVID-19 test result). It is your responsibility to let the organiser know that you no longer attend the event so that a refund can be facilitated and the space made available for another.

Please arrive at the stipulated meeting point 15minutes before the event begins. It is a small group, but please be patient and maintain a 2 metre distance from other people/groups when you arrive.

When you arrive onsite, please:

  • Use the hand sanitiser provided by the instructor or guide,

  • Provide the Festival representative with a name and phone number.

  • If inside at any point please wear a mask AT ALL TIMES.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Various Locations, Across Northern Ireland, NI, NI

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