cold water swimming

cold cold cold


The aim of this article is to pull together information from a range of sources, such as health websites to medical journals, to describe the complex physiological and emotional responses exhibited when you go for a swim in cold water. Hopefully you will have more understanding of your body and be more forgiving if it sometimes stops you doing what you want to do.

A word of caution: this article is not intended to tell you how to swim in cold water; you always swim at your own risk and if unsure then book an open water coaching session. Also, cold water swimming should be avoided by anyone with an underlying heart condition. If you have any doubt then consult your doctor. Picking somewhere safe to swim is also outside the scope of this article.