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
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How far will we swim?
All my swim sessions are based on having experiences, not endurance. No one is expected to swim laps around buoys or any great distance, if you wish to just lie back and stare at the sky that is fine. I do ask that you have 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 sea is at it's coldest in February/March and at it's warmest in August/September.
Do I have to wear a wetsuit?
Please wear whatever you feel comfortable in whilst swimming outdoors. This sessions is all yours and no one will care what you wear.
What about Covid?
I completely understand and share all concerns about Covid-19. I have been awarded the UK Governement 'We're Good To Go' mark meaning I comply with their current guidance on Covid. If the government decides that due to the pandemic, any activities you have booked onto can no longer go ahead, I will offer you an alternative date in the future or a full refund.
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.