We are living in hope of a sudden sunny resurgence, so now seemed just the time to talk about wild swimming!

Many of us enjoy swimming, but the local pool is not always the most relaxing place. It can be loud and crowded, particularly at weekends and during school holidays. But swimming is a great form of exercise, particularly if you have any injuries as the water takes your weight.

If you’re looking for more adventure in your weekly exercise, why not check out wild swimming?

Not recommended for rehabilitation purposes, this is nonetheless an interesting activity to add to your life.

Do your research. Use websites like Wild Swimming or Outdoor Swimming Society to find safe places near you. Make sure you check your route as you may have a bit of a walk from public transport or where you parked your car, so make sure to double check!

Be social. Because these places aren’t regulated in the same way your local pool is, always go with a friend. Ideally you should go as part of a small group or join a club.

Check things out. Don’t dive straight in! Check the depth and make sure your aware of any rocks or other obstructions before you get in. Be sure to check tide times if you’re at a quiet beach. Stay near to the shore to avoid strong currents.

Prepare. Always double check what you need before you leave. Ensure you have a mobile phone in case of emergencies – they are also handing for the route-finder apps. Bring snacks and water for after your swim, especially if you have a bit of a walk back! Make sure you’ve checked all you can online about your location – tides, safety issues.

Wild swimming isn’t as straight forward as diving in at your local pool, but it’s a lot more fun! Every wild swim is an adventure. You’ll burn more calories as you’ll be in colder water so you’ll burn calories to stay warm and through the exercise. Preparation is key and always do your research, but your first dip could be the start of a life long love affair with outdoor swimming!