take a dip in the sea and warm up with a spot of creativity
SEASWIMMER CREATIVITY SESSIONS
Share a few hours of exhilaration, creativity and fresh air!
Join me on the shores where I grew up, where the New Forest meets the sea, take a few hours out from our busy lives to experience some time for yourself. Take a dip in the freshness of the autumnal sea and wrap yourself cosy on the beach and take time to reflect.
These sessions are very much focused on the great outdoors, experiencing the different elements the coastal environment presents to us and gives you time to consider your place within them, there will be an invitation for you to respond to the experience through a short creative writing workshop whilst you sip hot tea on the shore.
"I care little for distance, times and temperatures, swimming for me feeds my creativity and these sessions are an opportunity to reflect on the sheer joy of swimming outside."
We will start and finish near Lymington in the New Forest exactly where we will go will totally depend on the tides and weather conditions on the day but it will be in the nearby area.
The session will be approx. 3 hours, based around the times of the tide. Please see individual dates.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
It is entirely up to you what you want to bring along, these sessions are about creative experiences, not feats of endurance. But as a general guide, I would suggest...
Swimsuit and/or wetsuit
Swim hat/woolly hat (may get wet)
Notebook and pen
WHERE TO STAY?
There is a full range of accommodation options in and around the New Forest to suit every budget and taste.
The ones suggested below operate independently from me
What lakes will we visit?Where we go is entirely dependant on the weather conditions in the mountains on the day. The decisions on where to go are made in the morning and based on the weather and the safety of the group.
How far will we swim?All my swim sessions are based on having experiences, not endurance. No one is expected to swim laps or the length of a lake if you wish to just lie back and stare at the sky that is fine. I do ask that you have outdoors swimming experience if you come on a group day, if you are nervous about swimming outdoors I would book on to one of my wild swim water confidence sessions first.
How cold is the water?All water in the UK is deemed to be 'cold' even in the summer months! I don't measure water temperatures as I prefer to feel the changes in the temperature in my skin. As a general guide, however, the water in the mountains is at its coldest in February/March and at it's warmest in August/September.
Do I have to wear a wetsuit?My kit list is a guide, you are welcome to wear in the water whatever you feel most comfortable. Wearing a wetsuit will enable you to stay in the water longer. If you bring one along you can always then make the choice, to wear it or not.
It's summer do I really need a wooly hat and gloves?I would bring them, I don't think I have ever been swimming in the mountains and not put a woolly hat on afterwards. It may be glorious sunshine, but after swimming in a high mountain lake you will feel very chilly and be grateful for all those warm clothes you brought along.
How far will we walk and how steep will it be?The distance we will walk will depend on which lake/s we go to. Generally, the walk-in is no more than an hour or so. Depending on which type of guided day you choose will determine how strenuous it will be. Mountain days are more strenuous than valley days for example. In the mountain environment, there is generally uphill walking to be done, some of this may be steep and it is very likely to be on uneven terrain and off well-trodden paths. However, all walking is done at a gentle pace, where everyone is the group can keep up and hold a conversation.
I am an artist, educator and outdoor swimmer. I spilt my time between the mountains of Snowdonia in North Wales where I have lived since 2002 and on the beautiful South Coast in the New Forest where I grew up. My project #swimsnowdonia was listed amongst 'The 10 most inspiring adventures' in The Guardian and has been the focus of several short films including a music video for the band Elbow. 'Afterglow' a short film about my passion for both my creativity and cold water swimming won Best Woman in Adventure Gold Award at Sheffield Adventure Film Festival., Best Short Film at The Four Season Film Festival and was recently selected for The Patagonia Film Festival in Santa Monica. I was included in the first San Miguel Rich List, 'a unique list of men and women who value experiences over any possession' and listed as one of Britains 101 Adventurers. I am currently featuring in an ITV documentary 'The Mountain ' which follows the lives of a selection of people who live and work on the busiest mountain in England and Wales, Snowdon.
I am a Qualified Teacher, Mountain Leader, Open Water Swimming Coach and RYA Day Skipper. I hold Emergency First Aid in the Outdoors, RLSS Open Water Lifeguard, RLSS Water Safety Management Level 1-3, STA Level 2 Swimming Teacher Award and Certificate, and have more than 10 previous years experience lifesaving in swimming pools.