All over Cornwall (and the UK coast) people seem to be running into the ice-cold sea in just their swimmers, what once was a brave ‘New Year’s Day’ dip has become a daily ritual providing a good dose of wellbeing for those partaking.
So how does it work? Alongside the health benefits which are reported to range from improved metabolism to increasing your sleep quality, most sea dippers do it for the freedom they feel when they are in the water, there’s something quite liberating floating around feeling at one with mother nature.
Of course, it doesn’t come without its dangers, the sea is spontaneous, and the water temperature can vary from season to season so it’s important to do your research before you embark on wild swimming adventures.
If you’d like to give it a go, start with finding out if there are any local groups that you can join, here you’ll find safety advice and a like-minded group of insane friends to dip with in the icy ocean!
The Bluetits Chill Swimmers are a good place to start as they have ‘flocks’ all over the UK. Here’s our group of the Newquay Bluetits enjoying a sea swim on Fistral Beach.