MOUNTAIN
SWIMMING WEEKEND

an introduction to swimming in mountain environments

MOUNTAIN SWIMMING WEEKEND
 

There is more to swimming in a mountain lake than changing into your swimsuit, join me for two days for an introduction to swimming in the mountains, find out how to prepare for the perfect mountain swim.

 

'Wild swimming', 'Outdoor Swimming', I've even heard it called 'Wild Water Swimming' (which conjures up an image of sailing hopelessly down some rapids on the River Yukon), but really it's just plain old 'swimming'. Sometimes there is nothing wild about the serenity of a picture-perfect glassy lake under the summit of a mountain but on the other hand, the mountains can be a harsh environment, freezing cold, wet, windy and very serious. 

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This weekend isn't just about going for a swim, it's about how to choose a swim, the importance of the weather, what to take, managing expectations, dealing with changing plans and making decisions, with the objective that you leave with skills to have your own adventures outdoors in the future.

 

Each of the two days will start and end at either Llanberis or Capel Curig and where we go is totally dependant on the weather conditions on the day. 

Image by Thierry Meier

WHAT'S INCLUDED

GUIDING

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

TRANSPORT

(If you are coming via public transport please drop me a message)

LUNCH

HOT DRINKS
IN WATER PHOTOGRAPHY

ACCOMMODATION

COSTS

£180 PER PERSON

RATIO 1:6 PEOPLE

BESPOKE DATES CAN BE ARRANGED  FOR GROUPS OF 4 OR MORE

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

It is entirely up to you what you want to bring along, these days are about experiences, not endurance. But as a general guide, I would suggest...

 

Warm hat

Warm jacket

Waterproof trousers and jacket

Boots or trainers

Swimsuit/wetsuit

Swim hat/woolly hat (may get wet)

Goggles

Towel/Robie (Dry Robes can be a little bulky to carry on the mountains but if you can carry it you are very welcome to bring yours)

Personal first aid kit

Lunch

Hot drink

 

Rucksack to put everything in.

 

Note. I can provide a changing robe if required, please leave space in your rucksack.

WHERE TO STAY?

There is a full range of accommodation options in Snowdonia to suit every budget and taste.

The ones suggested below operate independently from me

HOSTELS

PLAS CURIG

snowdoniahostel.co.uk

01690 720225

 

YHA SNOWDON PEN Y PASS

yha.org.uk

0345 371 9534

HOTELS/GUESTHOUSES

GWESTY PLAS GOCH

plascochsnowdonia.co.uk

01286 872122

 

PEN Y GWRYD HOTEL

pyg.co.uk

01248 870211

CAMPSITES

DOLGAM

dolgam-snowdonia.co.uk

01690 720228

 

GWERN GOF UCHAF

tryfanwales.co.uk

01690 720294

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY?

Of course, I think swimming in the hills is the most incredible experience, but read what other people who have joined me have to say about my Mountain Swimming  Weekend.

Loved it, thank you. Amazing weekend!

 

I’m still smiling from the recent weekend of swimming in Snowdonia, thank you so much.

 

Amazing spot for a swim! Expertly guided adventure, thank you Viv for a great day. 

A magical few days, thank you so much!

Vivienne is just brilliant. My partner and I took part in a Mountain Swimming weekend in June 2018. It was evident from the start that Vivienne knows her stuff - she instils confidence; she's a calming influence when I experienced some trepidation about being high up (I suffer from vertigo); getting into colder water etc. We learned a lot about how to plan a swim i.e. kit to take to cope with changing weather conditions; what to look for in terms of lake access points etc. The biggest bonus for me was the increase in confidence I felt at the end of the weekend in being able to plan a swim weekend on our own. Vivienne took us to the most beautiful of lakes - it was a magical experience. It was weekend that I'm sure we'll still be talking about in years to come. I highly recommend.

AVAILABLE DATES

  • JULY MOUNTAIN SWIMMING WEEKEND
    Sat, 09 Jul
    Snowdonia National Park
    09 Jul, 09:00 BST – 10 Jul, 15:00 BST
    Snowdonia National Park, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0EN, UK
    Plan, Prepare, Discover your perfect swim in the lakes of Snowdonia. There is more to swimming in a mountain lake than changing into your swimsuit, join me for two days for an introduction to swimming in the mountains, find out how to prepare for the perfect mountain swim.
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  • AUGUST MOUNTAIN SWIMMING WEEKEND
    Sat, 13 Aug
    Snowdonia National Park
    13 Aug, 09:00 BST – 14 Aug, 15:00 BST
    Snowdonia National Park, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0EN, UK
    Plan, Prepare, Discover your perfect swim in the lakes of Snowdonia. There is more to swimming in a mountain lake than changing into your swimsuit, join me for two days for an introduction to swimming in the mountains, find out how to prepare for the perfect mountain swim.
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  • SEPTEMBER MOUNTAIN SWIMMING WEEKEND
    Sat, 10 Sept
    Snowdonia National Park
    10 Sept, 09:00 BST – 11 Sept, 15:00 BST
    Snowdonia National Park, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0EN, UK
    Plan, Prepare, Discover your perfect swim in the lakes of Snowdonia. There is more to swimming in a mountain lake than changing into your swimsuit, join me for two days for an introduction to swimming in the mountains, find out how to prepare for the perfect mountain swim.
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  • OCTOBER MOUNTAIN SWIMMING WEEKEND
    Sat, 08 Oct
    Snowdonia National Park
    08 Oct, 09:00 BST – 09 Oct, 15:00 BST
    Snowdonia National Park, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0EN, UK
    Plan, Prepare, Discover your perfect swim in the lakes of Snowdonia. There is more to swimming in a mountain lake than changing into your swimsuit, join me for two days for an introduction to swimming in the mountains, find out how to prepare for the perfect mountain swim.
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  • MAY MOUNTAIN SWIMMING WEEKEND
    Sat, 07 May
    Snowdonia National Park
    07 May, 08:00 BST – 08 May, 15:00 BST
    Snowdonia National Park, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0EN, UK
    Plan, Prepare, Discover your perfect swim in the lakes of Snowdonia. There is more to swimming in a mountain lake than changing into your swimsuit, join me for two days for an introduction to swimming in the mountains, find out how to prepare for the perfect mountain swim.
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  • JUNE MOUNTAIN SWIMMING WEEKEND
    Sat, 11 Jun
    Snowdonia National Park
    11 Jun, 09:00 BST – 12 Jun, 15:00 BST
    Snowdonia National Park, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0EN, UK
    Plan, Prepare, Discover your perfect swim in the lakes of Snowdonia. There is more to swimming in a mountain lake than changing into your swimsuit, join me for two days for an introduction to swimming in the mountains, find out how to prepare for the perfect mountain swim.
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ABOUT ME

I am an artist, outdoor swimmer and personal trainer. 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 Britain's 101 Adventurers. I featured 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 as well as various features on the BBC, Sky Sports and Channel 5.

 

I am a Qualified Teacher, Personal Trainer, Mountain Leader, Open Water Swimming Coach, RLSS Open Water Lifeguard,  RYA Day Skipper and hold RYA Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster Offshore Theory. I hold Emergency First Aid in the Outdoors, RLSS Water Safety Management Level 1-3, STA Level 2 Swimming Teacher Award and Certificate, I am an RLSS Trainer and have more than 10 previous years of experience lifesaving in swimming pools.

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