If you’re planning to make sea swimming a part of your weekly routine, now is the time to do it
You might have read this headline and thought, “what do I need a guide for? Isn’t it just a matter of driving to the nearest beach and swimming in the sea?” Well, technically, yes. But there’s so much more you can do to make it a more enjoyable experience for yourself!
By doing a little research, you can ensure that your new hobby becomes part of your daily routine rather than a once-in-a-blue-moon outing that you wish you did more often. Here are a few things to get your sea swimming hobby off to a great start:
If you’ve never worn swim shoes before, you may not think you need them. However, we’re confident that once you try them, you’ll never want to be without them for that sometimes uncomfortable walk to your swim spot. This lightweight pair from Cois Farraige is perfect for sporting activities as well as protecting your feet from rocks, stones and seaweed.
The swimsuit you wear in the swimming pool may not be suitable for long-term sea swimming. You’ll need extra warmth, support and perhaps, sleeves. You may even decide that you would like a wetsuit for the colder months. This option from Swim Club is a great combination of both.
There are several things you can do with your car keys when you arrive at the beach for your sea swim. You can put them under your towel and hope for the best or you can get a magnetic strip that attaches them to the underside of your car while you’re in the water. However, if you’d prefer to keep it on your person, a waterproof pouch is a good option. This one on Amazon has thousands of good reviews but a quick search will give you dozens of options to suit your budget.
Are you even a sea swimmer if you don’t have a dry robe of some sort? If you’re on the market for one, you will undoubtedly know that there are myriad brands available in a variety of price points, like this one from Thermal Wave, so there’s no reason to be shivering under a flimsy towel after your refreshing swim.
Hot water bottle
Regardless of what side of the country you’re on, Irish waters are cold. Seriously cold. And while it might be ‘grand once you get in’, if you stay too long, you run the risk of exposing yourself to getting sick. Fill a hot water bottle before you leave the house and have it warming your seat while you’re in the water. You’ll be delighted with yourself!
For your dog:
If your dog loves sea swimming as much as you do, this is the perfect opportunity to tire them out for the day – or a few hours, depending on their energy levels!
However, if you’re doing your swim early in the morning, you may not have time to spend drying them thoroughly before getting home. That’s where Irish business Dog Dry comes in. Super-absorbable, waterproof, comfy to wear and easy to wash, this doggy dry robe will ensure the sandy mess of the beach stays out of your car and your home.