The first attempt at cold water swimming started back in the Norwegian summer of 2019. I went cold water swimming with an amazing bunch of tough Norwegian women, who swam in any kind of temperature or weather. We swam until early November, in freezing temps and icy waters. Then I moved back to Australia.
In Tasmania I’ve continued the tradition of cold water swimming by exploring opportunities wherever I hike, run or camp. The possibilities are endless as Tasmania has an abundance of beautiful, remote nature. Wild swimming is one of the most intimate and closest ways I know of immersing yourself in nature.
The benefits of cold water therapy and cold water swimming are well known. I never experience any soreness after training when I go for a cold water swim in a creek or the ocean. It’s important though that you approach cold water swimming with the right frame of mind and preparation. It’s best to start in the summer months and gradually build up to the winter days. Always make sure your breathing is rhythmic and deep, even when you’re in the water. Pay attention that you don’t get too dizzy or too cold. Short dips in and out at first, with some warm clothes, towel or even a fire to keep your body warm between dips. The best is when you can combine cold water swimming and a sauna. The Finnish view the sauna as a temple, and for very good reason. These two together are instrumental in reducing all kinds of common illnesses and diseases.