The North Pembrokeshire Bluetits – Porthsele Beach 2019

Credit: Ella Richardson Photography

Our Story

The Bluetits Chill Swimmers group began on one not so cold morning in September 2014. There are now Bluetits of all genders all over the world. After years of partaking in triathlons, cyclosportive events, marathons, ultramarathons, swims and multi-sports events Sian Richardson decided cold water swimming might be an interesting new challenge, one that was less of a strain on her joints and wallet she thought. As she swam into the winter months of 2014/15 she discovered it was no less of a challenge mentally. As the months passed by and the temperature dropped she continued to squeal and whoop in the Pembrokeshire sea. She squealed and whooped quite loud so it would seem. Others heard and came along to join her, and that is how The Bluetits began.

In 2022, we have over 30,000 Bluetits worldwide, who are joined together by a love of swimming, adventure, and the sense of community that brings. We are not an official club, there are no membership fees and anyone is welcome at any of the informal swims arranged in the groups.

Sian Richardson – Founder of The Bluetits

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“I feel like me, the one that had gotten lost under responsibility and chores, I go in the sea and all of those worries leave and I emerge as me. Flipping love it!”

– Jan, North Pembrokeshire Bluetit