Depending on when and where you go wild swimming, there is a fair chance that the water will be cold. This can make the whole experience seem daunting if you are relatively new to swimming outside in the lakes, rivers and seas, but once you do get used to the temperature, you will find that it is one of the most exhilarating parts of each swim.
How do you mentally prepare to swim across the 2 biggest and most powerful maelstroms in the world? It's a question I repeatedly asked myself in the run up to our "Into the Maelstrom" expedition, our world first attempt to swim across the Moskstraumen and Saltstraumen maelstroms deep within Norway's Arctic Circle.
All this reading is great isn’t it? Although I bet what you really want to do now is get outside and go on your very own adventure. Before you do so, there is some planning that needs to be done so that you can stay safe and get the most out of your trip. First let's look at the definition of an adventure through the eyes of an adventure expert...
One of the key things you’ll need for a river swimming adventure is an open mind and an ability to adapt and relish challenges. One big part of this is being quick to embrace new swimming techniques. There may be sections, especially near the source or upper reaches, where you can’t swim your standard front crawl and will be forced to adapt.
Do you ever get that lurching feeling in your stomach when the bottom of the lake, riverbed or ocean disappears as you swim out into deeper waters? Your body starts to heightens its awareness of the watery surroundings and you become acutely conscious of the depth of the water beneath you.