Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Solstice Swimming

Next Swims 6am, 6pm M-F

Last Swim: 6am Tuesday
water: 52-ish, like glass
Clarity: amazing!
Crew: Showgirl, no sign of Diablo, but that doesn't mean he wasn't there
skin/suit: 2/0

Barbie and I swam together for the first time this morning, and she was a lovely companion in the chilly water.

It's been a year or so since we enjoyed this educational video, so I thought it was worth a re-watch:

I also found this, and though swimming this morning was chilly, it was not quite like this:

It did occur to me that this guy seems to be able to swim with a selfie-stick. Something to aspire to.


Kahuna said...

I think Showgirl's link in her blog post to the first educational video is a bad link, I think this is the video she meant to link to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01KVj8kEjMo. That's the Scotsman explain what "na baa" temperature is, along with "Baltic," "f**ing cold," "hoora cold," and "bollocks-to-this-I'm-getting-out-now cold". Love it!

I like the second video Showgirl links to, and the kilt wearing part of me does like the idea of going for a swim with an ice axe.

There's also "Water Safety: Wild Swimming in Scotland," at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzASuZ-K6gM, with the helpful reminder about when one should swim nude: "If the suns out, the bums out."

And there's THE 4 TYPES OF WINTER SWIMMER | WILD SWIMMING IN SCOTLAND, at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXhoW4EFVP0. (I like the "hard nut" guy who's "got his swagger on", and I look forward to seeing the Cap'n emulate that.) Cheers.

Dragonfly Riffraff said...

Fascinating. I have long pondered the origin of these phrasings...."Baltic" may come in handy...

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