Can We Help?

Find out if there is a Bluetit group near you by having a look at the list below. Unless stated, all groups welcome everyone of all genders.

If you would like to start up a Bluetits group in your area please read the below..

https://www.dropbox.com/s/uec2bd3h0u46p8c/Bluetits%20set%20up%20a%20group.pdf?dl=0

UK AND NORTHERN IRELAND…

The Jersey Bluetits

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2723307577906633/?ref=shareP

Bluetits Ladies Of The Lake

(Derby/Nottingham)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2760849137530872/?ref=share

Tooting Tits

https://www.facebook.com/groups/630438114277629/?ref=share

London Bluetits

https://www.facebook.com/groups/648157059127890/?ref=share

Bridport Bluetits

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2716290271952620/?ref=share

Colchester Bluetits

Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire

https://www.facebook.com/groups/311754232830880/?ref=share

Cumbrian Bluetits

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1338564206349372/?ref=share

Solent Bluetits

https://www.facebook.com/groups/279183873509499/?ref=share

Wadhurst Bluetits Chill Swimmers (women only)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/wadhurstbluetits/?ref=share

The Bluetits Of Bognor

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1609011099267256/?ref=share

The Oxfordshire Bluetits

https://www.facebook.com/Oxfordshire-Bluetits-112870917099569/

Devon and Cornwall…

The Bluetits Plymouth (Women only)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/205677780585769/?ref=share

The Bluetits Rame Peninsula

https://www.facebook.com/groups/269678344327327/?ref=share

The Bluetits Perranporth

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2337889403170010/?ref=share

Holywell Bluetits

https://www.facebook.com/groups/325871578433467/?ref=share

The Bluetits Newquay

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2378053335838627/?ref=share

The Bluetits St Agnes

https://www.facebook.com/groups/178690406759270/?ref=share

The Bluetits Porthtowan and Portreath

https://www.facebook.com/groups/183651206331798/?ref=share

The Bluetits Penzance

https://www.facebook.com/groups/807374856460442/?ref=share

The Bluetits St Austell

https://www.facebook.com/groups/288770305567346/?ref=share

The Bluetits Falmouth

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2633462750219522/?ref=share

The Bluetits Bodmin

https://www.facebook.com/groups/597245290927254/?ref=share

The Bluetits Crantock

https://www.facebook.com/groups/210827033580154/?ref=share

WALES….

Heritage Coast, Vale Of Glamorgan

https://www.facebook.com/heritagecoastbluetits/

Burry Bluetits

https://www.facebook.com/groups/326555545321278/?ref=share

Aberavon, Neath Port Talbot

https://www.facebook.com/Aberavon-Bluetits-chill-swimmers-439849110096542/

Gower

Facebook and chat link

https://www.facebook.com/gowerbluetits/

Aberystwyth Bluetits

https://www.facebook.com/groups/444307279521970/?ref=share

Ceredigion Bluetits Chill Swimmers

https://www.facebook.com/groups/321828979201927/?ref=share

South Pembrokeshire

https://www.facebook.com/groups/301395031298091/?ref=share

North Pembrokeshire

https://www.facebook.com/groups/329952768050234/?ref=share

North Wales Bluetits

https://www.facebook.com/groups/573400883400830/?ref=share

IRELAND…

The Wicklow Bluetits

https://www.facebook.com/groups/3223186957742796/?ref=share

OVERSEAS…

Cyprus

https://www.facebook.com/chillswimmers

The Buckeye Bluetits

Acron-Canton,Ohio, USA

Contact Margaret Gadzic on messenger

Humboldt Bluetits Chill Swimmers, California, USA

https://www.facebook.com/groups/193710591827485/?ref=share

Copenhagen Bluetits

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2418161095172313/?ref=share

I would like to join you but I am  not a strong swimmer?

Bluetit swim gatherings are all about just getting into the water and enjoying the experience. Sometimes that’s jumping in the waves, swimming in a circle around a slipway, pootling out to a buoy 300 mtrs from the shore. It is not about distance or speed or swim strokes per minute. If you are nervous in the water make it known when you first come along and swim and someone will stick with you. You will soon find a regular swim buddy with whom you click with and then your confidence will soar.

Do I have to swim regularly?

No. The Bluetits are not an organised group with membership rules, constitutions and insurance policies. Swim with us once a month, everyday, when you go on holiday and find a group to swim with and then never again…all up to you. You will be presented with a Bluetit badge when you have had a swim with a Bluetit…you will become a Bluetit yourself….its all just a bit of fun.

Can my children come along?

We are primarily an informal group of adults who come together to relax and enjoy our time together talking crap, setting the world to rights and enjoy our time in the water away from the constraints of work and home life. Occasionally if the swim is arranged for after school time, in the holidays or at weekends children do come along and partake in the swims with some groups. We have many badge wearing children Bluetits who bring a different element to the group dynamics and are a joy to have at the swims. Please check with you group if they are happy for children to come along anytime of if they have special swims organised that are child friendly. Unaccompanied youngsters under 18 years old are never acceptable.

What do I need to bring when I first swim with you?

When it is cold then wear lots of loose layers. Jeans and leggings are not brilliant, jogging bottoms and fleecy pyjama pants do a much better job…easy to drag on with cold hands. Big socks and boots that are quick and easy to get on are a good idea and top it all off with a wooly hat, mittens, scarf and coat big enough to cover all the layers. Regular swimmers invest in waterproof robes with a fleece lining, ( see links to manufacturers below) They are fantastic pieces of kit but not essential. Dressing after a swim in the winter is very much heads down and get on with it affair. During the dressing process there may well be unintentioal moments of nudity and outburst of hysterical laughter as a result of the sheer frustration at ones inability to get certain items of clothing on. Most don’t worry about getting bras and pants on after a swim, but if having those items reinstated is essential to your happiness then with determination you will work out a way….perfectly acceptable to approach a swimmer who is way ahead of you in the dressing process and ask them to pull, tweak, tuck and yank something for you . If at first this all seems a little daunting do not worry…Practice makes perfect…. and the sense of achievement you get from working all this out is bizarre.

Hot water bottles, (https://pothies.co.uk/hotwater-bottle-carrier-from-pothies/) clicky click hand warmer things also very good to bring along if you have them.

Some people like to wear swim hats, beach type shoes, neoprene gloves, rash vest, nose/ear plugs, fins..if any of these sounds good to you then go for it.

A drink of warm liquid and something to eat is a good idea to get your metabolism going after a cold water immersion. They are also integral to the after swim chatter for most.

Bag that is easy to get into ..lots of buckles and clips are difficult to operate with cold and possibly sandy hands.

Something to stand on when getting dressed, (ie turtle bags https://thebluetits.co/product-category/bluetit-kit/) Its very lovely to get your feet off cold sand, cold hard concrete, wet muddy grass etc. A bin bag does the job however, as does a portion of an exercise mat, a rubber based bath mat, old bit of carpet, trug bucket. Once you have swum a few times you will get what we are on about and then you will find whatever it is that works for you.

When its warm the dressing process is not as urgent. If you are a wetsuit swimmer who is contemplating moving away from the dark side then initially its a good idea to think like the cold weather swimmers do as you may find you are a tad colder than you usually are after a wetsuit swim, or not…you will find this out for yourself of course. Summer swims often involve walks across the coast path, swims from one beach to another and picnics, so ruck sacks and tow bags come into play.

https://www.seabirdsltd.com/wild-swim-shop-6-c.asp

https://www.tyf.com in St David’s sells a selection of Swim Secure floats and tow bags and the Deakin and Blue swimsuits ( brand website links below)

https://swimsecure.co.uk tow floats, dry bags, swim bags, hats etc

Swim suits tried and tested by many Bluetits…

https://www.deakinandblue.com/collections/all?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIx-ry3Y-h5wIVFuDtCh2ExQJ8EAAYASAAEgI26vD_BwE

https://www.batoko.com funky swimsuits

Bold Bluetit logo suits

https://thebluetits.co/product-category/bluetit-kit/

Waterproof Changing Robes…

Charlie McLeod, obviously, as we can provide Bluetit embroidered robes which we have tried and tested and found to be fantastic pieces of kit https://thebluetits.co/product-category/bluetit-kit/

Dry Robe

https://dryrobe.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-PDt146h5wIVFp3VCh26FwbeEAAYASAAEgIaTPD_BwE

I want to start up a Bluetits group in my area!

follow the link below….

https://www.dropbox.com/s/r5is6ssu3u128qg/Bluetits%20Group%20Info.pdf?dl=0

…have a read then get in touch via Facebook or email.

https://www.facebook.com/TheBluetits/

toot_toot@thebluetits.co

and we will discuss it with you and help you in every way we are able to.

How can I get in touch with any other questions?

Click on the Facebook link and send us a message or email us….

We are based in Pembrokeshire, Wales so please let us know where you are based when asking questions about swim info in your region.

https://www.facebook.com/TheBluetits/

toot_toot@thebluetits.co

Siân and The Bluetit crew x