Staying in (or at least at home) is the new going out, and loads of organisations are putting together useful, fun and interesting resources on everything, including relating to outdoor swimming, and to history, art, culture, wildlife…. Here are a few links, but most are now in three new posts: Online resources – heritage & the arts and Online resources – swim advice + exercise & health and Online resources – places, nature, wildlife
For swimmers there are newsletters, videos, pod casts, book suggestions, exercise ideas, and more, in my new post, Online resources – swim advice + exercise & health.
There are also explanations of why going out for a swim is not a good idea at the moment – other than for those lucky enough to have some water within easy walking or cycling distance, and who are experienced and acclimatised to the still cold water https://www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/go-swimming-later/, and latest guidance (27Mar2020) from the government https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-guidance-on-access-to-green-spaces
(and also see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults)
For anyone keen to take up outdoor swimming, the advice is that now is probably not the best time, but instead to plan and dream, and to read/watch/listen to all the really useful safety advice as well as inspiring stuff.
Facebook swim groups, who in normal times meet up regularly or from time to time to swim together, are instead sharing fun things to do, interesting facts and stories about swimming, photos from the past – or last summer, games, photos to cheer each other up etc. Some are sharing photos of them having ice baths or cold showers, and even getting into wheelie bins!