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Coming in From the Cold: The Winter Swim Championships, Siberia

By |2018-12-03T17:49:48+00:00March 17th, 2016|Blog, Reviews|

Brit Jane Hardy travelled to Tyumen in Siberia, 8-12th March 2016 to take part in the Winter Swimming World Championships, her biggest challenge was coping with the extreme cold. With air temperatures close to sub 20'c with a possible wind-chill of minus 30'c and water temperatures below zero, Jane really needed something special to combat [...]

Aquasphere Kaiman EXO Goggle Review

By |2017-08-23T19:35:59+01:00October 4th, 2015|Reviews|

I'm always looking for swimming goggles to range in our Ambleside store that will appeal to the many different kinds of swimmers we get walking through the door… I think I might have found my favourite so far.   The Kaiman EXO goggle looks like a low-profile version of other goggles in the Aquasphere range and [...]

Gloves for Swimming in Colder Water

By |2022-11-23T14:58:23+00:00May 27th, 2015|Reviews|

Review: Gloves for Swimming in Colder Water Swimming gloves and swimming socks help keep your extremities warm enabling you to stay comfortable for longer in colder waters. I suffer from 'white finger' (Raynaud's syndrome), even on hill walks and fell runs my hands can go solid white and numb, so I was really motivated to find [...]

Blue Seventy Women’s Helix Review

By |2017-08-24T10:27:42+01:00December 4th, 2014|Reviews|

The Blue Seventy Helix gets the thumbs up from swim coach Claire Wilson I wore this wetsuit for the first time in a triathlon swim on a very wild and windy day and I must say - it is amazing! It feels very fast and despite the very choppy conditions, the stroke length and [...]

Wild Swim Weekend Reviews 2014

By |2017-08-24T10:49:12+01:00November 4th, 2014|Reviews|

Wild Swim Weekend Reviews 2014 Some of the reviews and kind words sent to us from swimmers who joined us on our guided wild swimming weekends in Buttermere and Windermere this year:   Big thanks, to you and Pete, for a hugely challenging but brilliant weekend.  I did not imagine I would get to [...]

Blue Seventy Swim Socks Review

By |2017-08-23T14:08:55+01:00October 29th, 2014|Reviews|

I tried some neoprene swim socks a couple of years ago, it wasn’t very successful, they eventually flipped off my feet and a I lost them in Windermere (not good), to be fair they were probably more suitable for kayaking or similar water activities, rather than as swimming socks. BlueSeventy Neoprene Swim socks I didn’t [...]

Introduction to Open Water Swimming Course Reviews 2013

By |2018-01-31T11:02:13+00:00September 4th, 2013|Reviews|

Our Introduction to Open Water Swimming Courses are very popular and we enjoy them as much as our customers. Here's some customer testimonials for 2013's courses. 'Hi guys, I would just like to thank you for the Open Water Training course I attended on the 12th May 2013. After feeling quite competent in the [...]

Introduction to Open Water Swimming Course Reviews 2012

By |2017-10-18T18:58:47+01:00November 4th, 2012|Reviews|

Our Introduction to Open Water swimming courses in the Lake District proved to be an absolute hit this year and rightly so, we think you’d find it difficult to have any more fun in neoprene! Our customers on the open water swim course tend to arrive with a mixture of feelings from excitement  through to [...]

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