Swimmers and their connection to Wild swimming.
Blog #7 Cheryl J Muir who is pictured wearing the Snake print swimsuit.
1. First of all I'd like to ask you about your connection to wild swimming and how it makes you feel?
After wild swimming I feel energized, alive and lit up. During the swim I feel very grounded and connected to nature. It’s very calming for the mind. I find that even if it’s an early swim and I’m driving up to the lake at 7am feeling a little tired, I always feel incredible afterwards. It’s a guaranteed mood-lifter!
2. How long have you been wild swimming for?
I’m still very new. I only started wild swimming in July of this year. If I have any regrets about wild swimming it’s that I didn’t start sooner. It’s truly become a passion of mine in such a short time.
3. How do you feel it benefits you, especially since you have taken up wild swimming?
I’ve faced a lot of fear during wild swimming. I have a massive fear of deep water and it makes me feel quite terrified. So wild swimming has been a form of exposure therapy for me and a way of facing this fear and overcoming it. This transfers to every area of my life and makes me feel more courageous. If I’m dealing with a business situation that brings up fear for me, I know I can handle it. I tell myself, “Hey if I can swim through a lake with a depth of 200ft… I KNOW I can do this!”
4. What changes have you seen in yourself, example are you calmer, are you sleeping better?
As well as feeling more courageous, I also feel calmer and more centred in myself. It’s also helped me to make like-minded friends locally and increase my social circle. As someone who doesn’t drink, the pub scene completely isn’t for me, so it’s been great to meet wonderful people at the same time as doing an activity we all love.
5. How often do you participate in wild swimming?
I go wild swimming twice per week, usually on Thursday and Saturday mornings. Fortunately I’m in the Lake District, which is a prime spot! A wild swimmer's dream.
6. What features do you look for in your swimwear?
Swimwear that’s comfortable and easy to move in. I also like bright colours and designs that feel fun, expressive and creative (so not the ordinary navy colours). I’m very creative by nature, so finding swimwear that helps me express my identity and personality is something I really value. I’m not afraid to stand out and wear bright and patterns when I swim.
7. How often do you buy swimwear for wild swimming?
I’m still new to wild swimming, so I’m gradually adding pieces as I go along.
8. Do you have a wild swimming kit?
To be honest, not yet…! I started off swimming in a bikini I already owned. I borrow my swim buddy’s tow-float-come-dry-bag which helps me to feel safe in the water. I also have some swim socks on my list to help walking over rocks when we get into the lake. I love that I was able to get started without any special kit, and have the option to add pieces as I go.
9. As a year long swimmer, how do you transition to swimming during the summer months to swimming in the winter?
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