Go for a safe sea swimming session with tips from surfers Jane and Myles Lamberth
Jane and Myles Lamberth, authors of the Good Vibes Cookbook, love to start the day with some sea swimming and a hearty breakfast…
We love starting the day with some exercise and healthy eating. It gives you such a mental and physical boost for the rest of the day and a great activity to embark on in the morning is sea swimming, or wild swimming.
A dip in the big blue is not only invigorating fun, it also helps to boost your immune system and mental wellbeing.
There are two levels of saltwater swimming: The first is simply getting your gang together for a spot of jumping off the rocks (be careful) and having a splash in ocean.
The next level is where you swim from cove to cove and get a few kilometres under your belt, for which you might join a group or set yourself a goal like an open-water race.
To get started, there are a few factors to consider:
Know before you go
Check the tides, swell, currents, weather and water conditions. (For example, if there’s been heavy rain there could be toxic runoff in the sea.) Always scout the area, both on land and what lies beneath the water.
If you’re doing a longer swim, be sure you’ve got a few exit spots so you can get out at any stage if need be.
Always hit the water with a swim buddy. It’s never a bad idea to do a rescue or basic first aid/ CPR course to feel more confident and deal with problems or panics that could arise.
Go online and learn the ‘frog jump’, which ensures you enter the water safely. Never dive!
When you’re rock jumping, every rock and barnacle will feel extra-sharp; there’s no shame in wearing shoes. And if you know there are jellyfish about, pack a bottle of vinegar to deal with stings.
Scoping the sites
Check spots at high and low tides to see what you are swimming above or jumping into. Local swimming clubs often set up buoys out to sea, and these are useful if you’d like to set yourself a circuit or route.
Post-swim gear is essential to get your body back up to temperature. Even if it’s a hot day, have a dry bag with a towel, bobble hat, warm footwear and dry clothes to change into. If you’re planning on doing a long swim, pack a protein-based snack to help with recovery afterwards, plus a flask filled with soup, tea or coffee.
Need an energising breakfast afterwards? Try these recipes from the Good Vibes Cookbook.