The finest method to prepare is to “swim down the temperatures” throughout fall. But you can acclimatise at any point; begin with simply one minute two times a week and develop. You can likewise prepare your body with extremely cold, brief showers.

Plan your swim thoroughly.Always choose another person, who remains on land. Agree the length of time you’re going to remain in the water, and how you will get in and out. When you get in, objective to be immersed within 3 minutes, or you will simply get too cold. Splash water on your chest (if you’re not in a wetsuit) and face. Always leave the water at the predetermined time– or faster. The individual swimming is not the very best judge of when it’s time to go out (the cold can make you puzzled).

Recovery is essential. Take flip-flops and leave them at the water’s edge to secure your feet from frozen ground. If you’re using a wetsuit, get it off rapidly after your swim, towel off and begin placing on great deals of layers. I generally keep my swim hat on and include a woolly hat on top. Aim to be dressed within 5 minutes. Drink something warm and consume something sweet (I like parkin). Do not have a hot shower– your body will believe it’s warm and will send out blood far from your important organs.

Enjoy the rush. It’s addicting, improving psychological strength and the body immune system.

Over- breathe. Experienced winter season swimmers take 2 breaths in rather of one, getting more oxygen to the blood.

MattDavenport is a competitive winter season swimmer and a Selkie brand name ambassador.