Bluetit Tips for Night Swimming
Night swimming can be utterly glorious. There's an extra thrill in immersing in the cold water in the dark, when your mind focuses that bit more on how it feels rather than the way it looks. The moon may shine, its reflection marking a stunning path through the water. You may encounter bioluminescence, the sparkles lighting up your limbs under the surface. Or, it may be absolutely bloomin' freezing, lashing down with rain and not a star in the sky, and you have a right old giggle with those who have joined you!
Whatever kind of swim it is, many Bluetits choose to night swim because of the added thrills. And now that the nights are drawing in, many Bluetits' working patterns mean they are increasingly swimming in reduced light. So here are some tales and tips from fellow Bluetits about the joy of a night time swim, how to stay safe and embrace the titillation!
These tips come from real Bluetits and are based on their own personal experiences. Some may differ from one another, and some might not be up your street. This is intended as a tool to give you some ideas to try and see what works for you and your flock!
"So much fun swimming in the dark. We love to go to the sheltered harbour for our moon swims " - Karen Catto, Aberdeen Bluetits
"Moonlight swims are great fun. We swim by piers to get the benefit of the light. Always ask people to wear a light so you can see where everyone is." - Michelle Donnelly, Jersey Bluetits
"We love swimming in the dark! We do draw a line at swimming in strong winds in the dark because of not being able to see stuff coming out of the trees, we always have lights in our tow floats, and leave a light by the entry/exit point, and we keep checking on each other in the water. We usually swim at a lake which has trees all round it." - Jane Pratt, Oxfordshire Bluetits
"Stick together, buddy up and always make yourself known so that everyone that gets in gets out. Night swimming can bring an additional chill so even MORE layers, the usual hot drink, CAKE and when the conditions allow a fire brings the community together in a special way. Connecting in and out of the water have equal importance to me and a fire is a great excuse to stick around, watch the stars and Awh at the moon." - Jess Cox, Ceredigion Bluetits
"When swimming, use a bright light in a floatie. Swim in pairs. As it gets colder, we just dip, or double dip and then share warming drinks and cake." - Sarah-jane Elsey, Copenhagen Bluetits
"Adore swimming in the dark but always take etc precautions. Really know your entry and exit points with reduced visibility, have a light on a stick where your bags are (near entry and exit). Have a torch in torch in float, extra warm layers and hot water bottle for afters. I have emergency number written on my tow float which is just good practise anyway." - Tori North, Woking Bluetits
"Lights in floats, head torches great for getting dressed afterwards." - Tracy Amanda Jones, Oxfordshire Bluetits
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