Our Cold Water Swimming Workshop is for swimmers wanting to safely push their temperature limits into the world of ice swimming or take their swimming through the winter. We combine Swim the Lakes open water swim guiding expertise with the remarkably effective Wim Hof Method of breathing and cold water therapy technique to help you prepare for your future cold water swimming adventures.
The Cold Water Swimming Workshop will help anyone preparing for the Ice Mile challenge as well as individuals who want to safely include cold water swimming into a more vibrant and healthy lifestyle. Book now if you want to feel more alive!
Cold Water Swimming Workshop Itinerary:
Starting at 9.30am, we will be taking multiple dips and swims in Windermere throughout the day which will include one longer swim, with length depending on the water temperature. Between practice swims we will be introduced to the Wim Hof Method by an experienced Wim Hof Instructor and discussing safe and practical approaches to cold water swimming, including acclimatisation, body awareness, physiology, safe limits and recovery.
Wim Hof also known as the Iceman, is a Dutch extreme athlete noted for his ability to withstand extreme cold, which he attributes to his Wim Hof Method (WHM) breathing techniques. Our Wim Hof trained instructor will share with us the Wim Hof breathing technique of controlled hyperventilation, exhalation and breath retention.
Most swim locations are within a short walking distance of our venue. We may use our own cars to visit alternative swimming locations if weather conditions dictate. We aim to finish by 5pm and a full itinerary will be emailed to you after booking.
Cold Water Swimming Workshop; what’s included?
- Cold Water Swim guiding, acclimatisation, initiation and instruction
- Full safety Cover
- Wim Hof Method Breathing and cold Therapy instructional session
- Hot lunch, hot drinks and snacks.
- A step into a world that may change your life.
Cold Water Swimming Workshop, Pre-Requisites and Ability Levels:
This is full day workshop is for experienced outdoor swimmers with a reasonable level of swimming fitness. You don’t have to be fast or have perfect technique, but you do need to be very happy in open water. This workshop is designed to build your confidence so that you can safely go out and enjoy winter and cold water swimming, pushing your own limits (safely) as you go.
We anticipate that this will appeal to swimmers who wish to swim into or through the winter without a wetsuit, you are welcome to wear a wetsuit if you would like too (although we think you’ll get more from the course if you don’t!). We won’t pressure you either way and everyone will be made very welcome.
If you have any serious health issues, in particular heart related conditions or severe asthma, we’ll need you to have a letter from your GP in support of your participation in this Workshop. Your safety and enjoyment of swimming is our primary concern.