Summer has finally arrived and there’s no better time to take up a new activity. Open water swimming is a fantastic hobby that provides a heap of benefits. I’m Chris and today I’m giving you five reasons why open water swimming is the perfect activity for you to start this summer…
It’s good for your body and mind.
Open water swimming offers many health and wellbeing benefits that it is hard to name them all. By braving the water and increasing the levels of a hormone called prolactin, you may increase the quality of your sleep for a start. Open water swimming is also proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system and help your general wellbeing.
You’ll meet some amazing new people.
Let’s face it, the last year has meant meeting new people has pretty much come to a standstill. Open water swimming presents a unique opportunity to meet new people from all backgrounds and diverse abilities. After visiting a number of venues myself, I can also vouch for some of the coffee and cake on offer (I’m looking at you Lenches Lakes!)
Nature is ace!
If looking at the four walls of your living room has become a bit of a chore, open water swimming provides you access to one of the best tonics, nature. Venues are located all over the country and include some of the most scenic and beautiful backdrops you could wish for, perfect for that Instagram selfie! There is wildlife, woodland and open space in abundance for you to be at one with nature again and a chance to get away from the office or spare bedroom we’ve all spent way too much time in recently.
Go at your own pace.
If like me, you like to swim at your own pace (mine’s a pretty slow one) then open water swimming is for you. Gone are the lanes and fear of swimming up to the feet of the person in front, the venues offer ample space to go as fast or slow as you choose. Swimmers of all abilities share the water and are free to go as fast (or slow) as they choose. After all, this is your time and you are able to do whatever you want.
Beyond Swim does the hard work for you.
So, what’s stopping you? Not sure where to go or what you need? Beyond Swim explains everything you need to know. Search for your nearest Beyond Swim accredited venue, discover what you’ll need to take with you and share your stories and questions with our ever-growing community of open water swimmers. Our swim pass even gives you money off every time you dip your toes in the water!