The temperature may be starting to drop, but that's no reason to hang up your swimming cossie! There's still so many benefits to be had from a dip outdoors at this time of year.
From reducing stress to boosting your immune system, the benefits are well documented. Plus, it's a great way to make new friends, our lido swimmers are a friendly bunch. Take the plunge and feel that endorphin rush!
Here are a few handy tips to help you get started with cold water swimming safely.
Little and often
A chillier pool, will make longer swims that bit harder to manage. Reduce your session time but pick up your frequency. This will also help with building up your tolerance to the cold if you plan to swim throughout the winter.
Enjoy the earlier sunsets
One benefit of the evenings drawing in is that if you head to the lido for a post work swim, you'll have a better chance of catching a sunset swim, a glorious thing to be part of!
Wear neoprene booties and gloves
As the temperature starts to drop, it will be your extremities that notice and suffer from this first. Keep them toasty with gloves and boots and this will keep your winter lido swims much more pleasant.
Pack your post swim treats
Tea and cake are always a welcome part of any swim recovery, but your flask full of something warm on a winter evening will be appreciated even more as the nights grow a little cooler.
If you're after some in-depth advice on swimming in cold water, then check out this great Q&A from a host of cold water swimming experts.