I would like to get active on a Bluetit messenger chat page and see where everyone is swimming or visit their Facebook page…
Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire
Heritage Coast, Vale Of Glamorgan
Wadhurst, East Sussex (ladies only)
Aberavon, Neath Port Talbot
Facebook and chat link
Ceredigion chat pages
Fishguard area, Pembrokeshire
St David’s area, Pembrokeshire
Solva area, Pembrokeshire
The Havens area, Pembrokeshire (Mainly adults only group with specially arranged child friendly swims in the school holidays. All children to be accompanied by an adult during those swims.)
Milford area, Pembrokeshire
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 who you click with and your confidence will soar.
Do I have to swim regularly?
No. The Bluetits are not an organised group with membership and rules. Swim with us once a month, everyday, when you come to Pembrokeshire on holiday and 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 a Dryrobe (ask us about best place to get yours) 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, 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 possible sandy hands.
Something to stand on when getting dressed. Its lovely to get your feet off cold sand, cold hard concrete, wet muddy grass etc. A bin bag does the job, 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 I’m 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.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)
http://www.swimsecure.co.uk tow floats, dry bags, swim bags, hats etc
http://www.deakinandblue.com. sustainable swimsuits
http://www.dryrobe.com (changing robes)
http://www.robierobes.com (changing robes)
How can I get in touch with any other questions?
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