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Located in the Scottish Borders


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Frequently Asked Questions

As it says – swimming out of doors in water which is chlorine-free and at one with nature.

  • They are all terms meaning the same thing – swimming outdoors whether it be lochs, waterfalls, reservoirs, rivers, and seas. All generally at one with nature.
  • The wild or outdoor reference is synonymous with a leisurely swim, often heads up dipping, floating taking in the birds, waterside animals, plants and swim buddies. Open water swimming tends to refer to more competitive swimming.
  • Just ask any wild swimmer – You can’t stop smiling. It’s exciting and creates a sense of adventure.  The benefits are numerous but the feeling of being at one with nature, with a great bunch of people and usually cake.
  • It heightens the awareness of taking care of the environment and biodiversity


      Your Mind

  • It is your time, which clears your head and mind encouraging eureka moments.
  • It causes a decrease in cortisol and other stress hormones.


     Your Body

  • It helps improve your level of fitness
  • It boosts the immune system and increases your white blood cell count.
  • It soothes any vestigial muscular aches
  • The cold water improves your immune system

These are just a few – The Wild Swimming Brothers found 50 reasons to start wild swimming:

  • Layers ( which trap the heat) – 2 in Summer, 3-4 in winter layers of clothing over your core. T-shirts, fleece, jackets. The easier they are to get on the better.
  • Woolly hat
  • Socks and easy-to-slip-on shoes
  • Gloves in winter
  • Swim buddy (ies)
  • Hot drink
  • Hot water bottle
  • Changing mat
  • Tow float
  • If starting out May – September is best.
  • If swimming all year -round, your time spent in the water in winter is much reduced.