The waters are heating up as the seasons change, and it’s time to find the perfect outdoor sport for a refreshing summer cool down. If you’re a keen swimmer, maybe you fancy taking a dip into the world of Wild Swimming.
Wild Swimming, or open water swimming, is taking the plunge into natural bodies of water including lakes, rivers and the ocean. This wild activity is a refreshing and exciting alternative to an indoor or outdoor swimming pool, with benefits ranging from a boosted immune system, increased metabolism and better circulation.
Considering giving wild swimming a shot as we head into the warmer months? Let’s list all the right gear you’re going to need to take the plunge!
What Do I Need for Wild Swimming?
- First of all, get yourself a suitable waterproof bag. The KitBrix swim bag is your perfect companion with its rugged and waterproof base, protecting your kit and dry gear from outside elements and wet or damp surfaces. Rocks, sand, grassy banks… it’ll always have your back.
- Goggles. You don’t want anything going in your eyes when you’re swimming, and you definitely want to be able to see where you're heading! Goggles with a lot of rubber will increase comfort for long swims.
- A Towel. Which is a given, really. But we recommend a Microfibre Towel, as they dry up to 4 times faster than regular towels so you can dry off and put it away fairly quickly as they’re super lightweight and absorbent.
- You might want to try out some swimming earplugs too. This will avoid any debris making its way into your ears, and they’ll help with the combination of cold water and wind - and, if you’re prone to ear infections, this would be a great addition to your kit!
What Should I Wear for Wild Swimming?
A good Wetsuit. Even in the summer months, a wetsuit will keep your body temperature regulated when swimming in cold water. When choosing a wetsuit, think about the time of year you’ll be wild swimming. For winter months, choose a thicker suit, and a slightly thinner one for summer months. Wetsuits will help you retain body heat, especially when swimming in cold waters.
To extend this, try out some wetsuit gloves and even a pair of wetsuit boots with some waterproof socks to keep your extremities warm.
Swim robes, or changing robes, are really handy for outdoor swimming. Once you’re out of the water and out of your wetsuit, it’s important to ensure you’re providing your body with some protection from the cold and wind - which is exactly what a swim robe will provide, as well as some much needed privacy in order to change out of your wet gear!