Our new challenge swim launched today is the ultimate adventure experience for open water swimmers – The Great Naked Swim Challenge.
While the tough ladies and gents of the swimming world go in ‘skins’, our latest challenge is to take this literally and drop the trunks and costumes before taking the plunge.
Participants will shed their clothes and shed their inhibitions and dive into and swim across England’s largest lake in the company of Lake District channel swimming hero Thomas Noblett.
Noblett, who completed a channel swim after featuring on TV programme The Lakes, has teamed up with Swim the Lakes for this new swim.
Noblett said: “I’ve done cold swims where you keep your trunks on, and I’ve always wondered what was the point. If you’re going without a wetsuit, it’s a bit wimpy to wear anything at all.”
Kelly said: “The sensation of swimming naked in open water is really delightful. It’s the totally-free way of getting back to nature, and it’s been found to improve open water swimming technique.”
The challenge will be conducted in accordance with the British Swimming Association’s STRIP guidelines (Swimming Trunks Removed in Private).
Medals will be awarded to all those who complete the 1 mile challenge using backstroke.
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