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Wild Swimming Introduction for Beginners

Why go ‘wild’ swimming? It’s something different, a little bit scary and wonderfully invigorating about entering open water with just your swimming costume or wetsuit between you and the elements. Whether wearing a neoprene protection wetsuit or in your costume cold water immersion provides a sense of elation and relaxation, soothes muscle aches, relieves depression and boosts the immune system. It’s also a fantastically convenient way to explore the countryside.

The health and psychological benefits of dipping in natural waters have been long known. Did you know! George Bernard Shaw, Benjamin Britten, Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale were all advocates of regular cold baths to strengthen the mental constitution and physical state. All wild-dippers know the natural endorphin high that raises mood, elates the senses and creates an addictive urge to dive back in, and sets the day off to a fantastic start. The Vaso dilation in the extremities also pumps out toxin, and the cold water starts a process of cold adaptation, which quickly builds your cold tolerance, make cold water feel more comfortable, and your body more healthy. It is also known that wild swimming is a very good way to de-stress, and acts like a form of mindfulness or meditation, bringing them into the moment, focusing their mind on the physical sensations, and taking them away from their worries and concerns. In some ways it is the perfect detox.

Our course is all about preparing to take your first dip so why not take that dip with our experienced and qualified open water coach Janette Johnston.

The course covers

The course begins indoors at 0930 at our base in Aberfeldy, refreshments on arrival and a group workshop discussing theory before the practice. We ensure you have all the right equipment with you and get you prepared for the swimming part of the course.

The course then travels to Kenmore and East shores of Loch Tay where the practical components will take place. A perfect location for your first dip into cold water.

Equipment you will need for the course:

This course is designed for those who can swim.

To register your interest and find out more please contact us.

Ratio: 1-6

Cost: £90.00 per person

All courses will be operating to current Scottish Government Sport Body Guidelines regarding Covid 19


Book your place today

To book a place simply email our course provider Xplore Scotland directly on enquiries@xplorescotland.co.uk or phone 07917866304 and quote the course name, date and location you are interested in. Advance payment can be made over the phone by Xplorescotland who accept all major debit and credit cards. PLUS get 20% OFF in store kit hire when you book a place with Xplore Scotland - ask instore for more details. Please note that Tiso Gift Vouchers cannot be used as payment for a course.

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