… things you can do while staying at home or near to home – READ, LISTEN, LOOK, WATCH, DO, CONTRIBUTE. Including:
- swimming advice and swim-related
- (SCROLL DOWN FOR) swim fitness, exercise, wellbeing, mental health, walking and other recreation
Though not part of those projects, these links might be of interest while events are postponed, as many are relevant to Tales from the River and Healing Waters, which will look at the history and practical aspects of outdoor swimming – read more on the OS Brecks pages of this website. (These projects are part of The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER), supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.) And many are relevant to other projects in the BFER scheme.
swimming advice and swim-related
|Advice on swimming safely – masses of information on Outdoor Swimming Society website; from Loneswimmer, https://loneswimmer.com/cold-water-swimming-articles-index/; from the River and Lake Swimming Association Swimming safety checklist and advice, and more. I’ve collated links and written a piece on safety – and why it matters – on this website https://www.imogensriverswims.co.uk/blog/issues/swim-safety/
Free water safety toolkit from the RLSS, story https://outdoorswimmer.com/news/free-water-safety-toolkit-from-the-rlss The Royal Life Saving Society have put some basic water skills training online. It is worth learning some skills and educating yourself to give you confidence in the water. Even young lifesavers can complete the course. The toolkit runs over four units and covers an introduction to water safety, different environments, emergency actions and safe rescue. It is simple to do once you register online, www.rlss.org.uk/take-the-toolkit.
Ideas from the Outdoor Swimming Society #stayathomeswimmingsociety https://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/the-oss-stays-in/
‘The Lockdown Diaries’, a daily video https://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/staying-in/
From Outdoor Swimmer https://outdoorswimmer.com/blogs/swimspiration-while-in-isolation-in-print and https://outdoorswimmer.com/blogs/5-swim-reads-to-revisit-whilst-you-are-stuck-at-home; https://outdoorswimmer.com/blogs/swimspiration-while-in-isolation-podcasts
Episode 4 of Downstream, Outdoor Swimmer’s audio series for outdoor swimmers: wild swimming and the restorative power of nature https://outdoorswimmer.com/news/episode-4-of-downstream-our-audio-series-for-outdoor-swimmers-this-episode-wild-swimming-and-the-restorative-power-of-nature
Swim Wild Podcast: Looking back at winter, with Tina from Norfolk – TP052 on Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/swim-wild-podcast/id1437178724?i=1000473415007
Swimming books recommended by Serpentine Swimming Club members http://serpentineswimmingclub.com/news/51028/swimming-books-recommended-by-ssc-members?fbclid=IwAR26Mua7oyR8V43toIAGD3_yIMYsGUifKKbXCKfYmvjvtcj3g71UcCoxZyQ
Opinion | What I Miss During the Coronavirus Pandemic https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/10/opinion/sunday/swimming-covid.html
Essay on swimming https://lithub.com/why-do-we-swim/
While you can’t swim https://outdoorswimmer.com/blogs/how-to-cope-with-life-when-you-cant-swim
Ladies Pond gallery https://www.klpa.uk/klpa-lockdown-gallery
Paddling or foot bathing is good for you, and fun when you can’t swim! Thomas Jefferson claimed that 60 years of daily cold foot baths every morning had “maintained his good health”. https://www.monticello.org/site/research-and-collections/bathing, also in this article https://theconversation.com/is-a-cold-water-swim-good-for-you-or-more-likely-to-send-you-to-the-bottom-89513 Facebook group devoted to it, The Prudent And Polite Paddling Fellowship https://www.facebook.com/groups/632711013835222/
Safety advice for landowners and authorities with an interest or responsibility for water where people swim or might swim:
From RoSPA, ‘Managing safety at inland waters guidance’, detailed advice https://www.rospa.com/leisure-safety/water/inland/
From the Visitor Safety Group, ‘Guiding Principles’ on balancing visitor access and safety, http://vscg.org/guiding-principles/, or buy the full guidance, ‘Managing Visitor Safety in the Countryside: Principles and Practice’, https://www.ypdbooks.com/misc/2089-managing-visitor-safety-in-the-countryside-principles-and-practice-YPD02361.html
From the Outdoor Swimming Society, read about and download the OSS Guide to Inland Bathing Areas.
List of risks and how they can be mitigated, download from this website, Risks to health and safety of outdoor swimming, and how to mitigate them (Word.doc, 5 pages)