First Sea swim of the year ?

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by not-bono-ever, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. fredfelt

    fredfelt Mostly unknown member

    It's a bit of a mission to get away for a sea swim but around landlocked Oxford there are plenty of fine outdoor swimming spots. The most remarkable one is a ten minute walk away from the train station and is shown in the first picture below - Port Meadow at sunset - on a sunny day plenty of people are found swimming in the river here.

    The second picture is also in Oxford where the river goes through the centre of the city. It's a former Victorian swimming pool - on a tributary of the main river. A largely forgotten about place which, if I'm honest is a bit manky but is undoubtedly full of character and pulls a few groups in for picnics, BBQ's and on a quiet evening skinny dipping. There are a few similar places up and down the Thames tucked away which are left to develop a character all of their own.


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  2. mack

    mack Fact Me Till I Fart

    I never learnt to swim as a kid at school as I had really bad eczema - chlorine made it worse. The last few holidays have all been seaside and I was getting pissed off that I couldn't really enjoy it all - so I took a couple of lessons with a pro to get me over the initial fear and get some basic instructions - the rest I just watched loads of youtube videos.

    Anyway I've just come back from holiday and swam nearly every day - fucking loved it. Going to get some pool time now and refine the technique before I'm off again in a few weeks.
  3. _pH_

    _pH_ .

    Another swim in Shoalstone Pool today. Tide was too low for jumping off the rocks though, never mind, another time.
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  4. kalidarkone

    kalidarkone Bringing YOU round.....

  5. _pH_

    _pH_ .

    Seaford again yesterday. The water was lovely and warm, the beach was the busiest I've ever seen it but still loads of room, the temperature was fresh and breezy after stifling London.

    Dom's words of wisdom for the day:

  6. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    I like Dom before I've met him
  7. OvalhouseDB

    OvalhouseDB Well-Known Member

    Me too! But I am not sure I can say the same about Seaford. I wish we had found his cafe when we went.
  8. 8115

    8115 Turn left.

    Norfolk, today, lovely dip only about a minute due to being in a hurry and being scared of the sea monsters :) Feel all salty and happy now :)
  9. 8115

    8115 Turn left.

    It was well warm too.
  10. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

    I had a cracking swim in the sea at Porthmister in St Ives yesterday. It was pretty cold but that's what sea swimming is all about IMO. Gets the blood flowing. :)
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  11. Maggot

    Maggot The Cake of Liberty

    Swam in a lovely lake just off the River Stort recently with pinkmonkey and El Jugador.

    The water was clear and warm.

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  12. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    I had my first sea swim of the year today at cooden beach
    got drenched before my swim in a short thunderstorm and then the sea didn't seem cold at all
    more swims to come I hope
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  13. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    two swims so far in Jersey (Uk just about)
    one at archirondel (cold but bearable) and one at portlet (perfect shimmery sunny sea - the sort of swim that just fills me up with awe and keeps me going for a long time)
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  14. 19sixtysix

    19sixtysix Life as viewed from a Gay Gorbals Garret

    I had a swim at Hove yesterday and Brighton today. Lovely and refreshing.
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  15. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

    I'm off to Studland on Friday so looking forward to my first dip of the year. Then Bognor next week for another.
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  16. Poi E

    Poi E shameless

    Been for a few down Normans Bay. Dead quiet, warm water and just a few blokes in budgie smugglers.
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  17. plurker

    plurker tú no tienes la culpa mi amor que el mundo sea feo

    First sea-swim was on Monday, at Durley Chine in Bournemouth (aka the quieter end).
    Lifeguard station said 19 degree temp; which is what the lido said but sea feels warmer. Cold initially, but swam out to the buoy and back (150m each way I think) and that warmed me up. Some ppl in wetsuits.
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  18. krtek a houby

    krtek a houby Share knowledge, don't weaponize it

    First swim in Sanur, Bali in May. Like stepping into a bath.
  19. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen Fuck off Grammarly !

    I had a look at sea temperatures earlier - 21 degrees at Arcachon, 19 at Rhossili !
  20. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

    Absolutely gorgeous swim in Studland today. Sea temps are fantastic in the Solent at the moment (if that's what this area is classified as).

    Beaches absolutely heaving though. Hardly a spare spot on any of the beaches at all.
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  21. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

    I had another lovely sea swim in Ramsgate today. Quite a sharp hit when I first dived in but not bad when I got going. Lifeguard said 19deg but it felt cooler than that.

    I really love sea swimming. I can't think of anything that makes me feel the same way. It's a wonderful all over body buzz.
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  22. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Alles hat ein Ende nur eine Wurst hat zwei

    i have not done one this year. fucking hell - kids with broken arms have really fucked up the summer
  23. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    Did my 1st one of the year on Thursday. In the Pacific :cool: in Vancouver. It was fucking freezing :D
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  24. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    West Wittering last Tuesday.
    Forgot to check tide tables so it was a bloody long walk out to get more than knee deep.
    The shame of it.:facepalm:
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  25. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Alles hat ein Ende nur eine Wurst hat zwei

    Fuck me, it has been a busy year

    first one tomorrow @ joss bay

    may take wetsuit ...
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  26. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    I swam there on Wednesday - no wetsuit ;) Was lovely :)
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  27. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Alles hat ein Ende nur eine Wurst hat zwei

    It would havr been wonderful on wednesday.

    tomorrow get up early
    Make tortilla
    fresh baguette
    Make tortilla sandwiches
    find leaky dinghy
    find swimsuits and wetsuits
    find sunglasses and suncream
    fill up chiller bags with food snd drink......

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  28. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings


    It was lovely although not quite as relaxing as going to the beach on your own should be - everyone else had under 5s with them. The noise levels were quite something!

    Have you been since they put up the kids zone thing? £4 per kid all day - there are 2 inflatable slides, a bouncy castle and some trampolines. They get wristbands so can go in and out. I even managed to read a good chunk of my book last time :eek:
  29. not-bono-ever

    not-bono-ever Alles hat ein Ende nur eine Wurst hat zwei

    My kids are getting s bit old but its worth a go!

    Eta. Actually, trampoline is a no no after last summers snapped arm
  30. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    :eek: Perhaps not then!

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