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SNOWDON
SUNRISE SWIM
indulge yourself in the treat of seeing the mountains from a truly different perspective

SNOWDON SUNRISE SWIM
 

There is no secret here, this involves an early start! But honestly, nothing beats that awe-inspiring feeling of seeing the sun peak over the summit or spill onto your back and you are tiny, tiny and laid back in the middle of a mountain lake.

Wake up early and feel the joy of having been up on the mountain, immerse yourself in the depths of one of Snowdon's incredible lakes and be back down in time to grab breakfast, knowing that you definitely have earned it!

 

"...she learned to go into the hills aimlessly, ‘merely with the intention to be with the mountain as one visits a friend, with no intention but to be with him’.

from Robert MacFarlane's introduction in 'The Living Mountain' by Nan Shepherd.

 

 

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

GUIDING

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

TRANSPORT

HOT DRINKS
IN WATER PHOTOGRAPHY

ACCOMMODATION

PRE-REQUISITES

MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM. COMFORTABLE WITH THE IDEA OF SWIMMING OUTDOORS

COSTS

£65 PER PERSON

RATIO 1:6 PEOPLE

£100 PER PERSON

RATIO 1:1

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 sessions 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

Camera

Snacks

Hot drink

 

Rucksack to put everything in.

 

 

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY?

I think a day on the hills, swimming in lakes and having time to reflect, absorb your surroundings is incredible, but see what other people who have shared the experience with me say

Thank you Viv for a magical morning. It was just what I needed to recalibrate.

Why aren't more people here doing this? It's just incredible!

Thank you so much for a wonderful morning and I will savour the memories.

Thanks for the company and the delightful experience.

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

GWESTY PLAS GOCH

plascochsnowdonia.co.uk

01286 872122

 

PEN Y GWRYD HOTEL

pyg.co.uk

01248 870211

DOLGAM

dolgam-snowdonia.co.uk

01690 720228

 

GWERN GOF UCHAF

tryfanwales.co.uk

01690 720294

HOTELS/GUEST HOUSES

CAMPSITES

DATES AVAILABLE

  • PRIVATE SWIM DAY
    Tue, 14 Jun
    Capel Curig
    14 Jun, 09:00 – 15:00
    Capel Curig, A5, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0EL, UK
    A guided swimming day in the mountains of Snowdonia.
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  • SUMMER 01 FRONT CRAWL BOOT CAMP
    18 Jun, 09:00 BST – 19 Jun, 15:00 BST
    Llanberis, Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55, UK
    New for 2022, this is the first of three Front Crawl Boot Camps on offer this year. Join me for two days in the mountains of Snowdonia to hone your skills (no matter where they are at!) in Front Crawl and feel the meditative 'zen' that it can bring.
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  • OPEN WATER COACHING  - 22nd June
    Wed, 22 Jun
    Christchurch
    22 Jun, 10:30 – 12:30
    Christchurch, Avon Beach, Mudeford, Christchurch BH23 4TA, UK
    1:1 one hour session helping you achieve your open water goals
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  • JULY CREATIVE SWIM DAY
    Sat, 02 Jul
    Capel Curig
    02 Jul, 09:00 – 15:00 BST
    Capel Curig, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24, UK
    Share a day of fresh air! , embrace the elements, take what mother nature gives you as inspiration be it rain, hail or sunshine and run with it!
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  • UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOT
    Sun, 03 Jul
    Snowdonia National Park
    03 Jul, 09:00
    Snowdonia National Park
    A one to one underwater shoot in the glorious mountains of Snowdonia
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  • 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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  • SUMMER 02 FRONT CRAWL BOOT CAMP
    16 Jul, 09:00 BST – 17 Jul, 15:00 BST
    Llanberis, Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55, UK
    New for 2022, this is the first of three Front Crawl Boot Camps on offer this year. Join me for two days in the mountains of Snowdonia to hone your skills (no matter where they are at!) in Front Crawl and feel the meditative 'zen' that it can bring.
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  • BESPOKE SWIMMING DAY
    Tue, 19 Jul
    Capel Curig
    19 Jul, 09:00 – 15:00
    Capel Curig, A5, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24 0EL, UK
    Tailored day swimming in the mountains of Snowdonia.
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  • AUGUST CREATIVE SWIM DAY
    Sat, 06 Aug
    Capel Curig
    06 Aug, 09:00 – 15:00
    Capel Curig, Capel Curig, Betws-y-Coed LL24, UK
    Share a day of fresh air! , embrace the elements, take what mother nature gives you as inspiration be it rain, hail or sunshine and run with it!
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  • AUG 7 SNOWDON SUNRISE SWIM
    Sun, 07 Aug
    Snowdon Ranger Car Park, Caernarfon
    07 Aug, 07:00 BST – 08 Aug, 10:30 BST
    Snowdon Ranger Car Park, Caernarfon, Caernarfon LL54 7YS, UK
    Indulge yourself in the treat of seeing the mountains from a truly different perspective
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  • AUG 9 SNOWDON SUNRISE SWIM
    Tue, 09 Aug
    Snowdon Ranger Car Park, Caernarfon
    09 Aug, 07:00 BST – 10 Aug, 10:30 BST
    Snowdon Ranger Car Park, Caernarfon, Caernarfon LL54 7YS, UK
    Indulge yourself in the treat of seeing the mountains from a truly different perspective
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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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  • SUMMER 03 FRONT CRAWL BOOT CAMP
    20 Aug, 09:00 BST – 21 Aug, 15:00 BST
    Llanberis, Llanberis, Caernarfon LL55, UK
    New for 2022, this is the first of three Front Crawl Boot Camps on offer this year. Join me for two days in the mountains of Snowdonia to hone your skills (no matter where they are at!) in Front Crawl and feel the meditative 'zen' that it can bring.
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  • AUG 22 SNOWDON SUNRISE SWIM
    Mon, 22 Aug
    Snowdon Ranger Car Park, Caernarfon
    22 Aug, 07:00 BST – 23 Aug, 10:30 BST
    Snowdon Ranger Car Park, Caernarfon, Caernarfon LL54 7YS, UK
    Indulge yourself in the treat of seeing the mountains from a truly different perspective
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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.
    Share
  • GUIDED SWIM DAY
    Sat, 24 Sept
    Snowdonia National Park
    24 Sept, 09:00 – 15:00
    Snowdonia National Park
    A guided swimming day in the mountains of Snowdonia.
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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.
    Share
  • BESPOKE SWIMMING WEEKEND
    To be confirmed in 2022
    Snowdonia National Park
    To be confirmed in 2022
    Snowdonia National Park
    Tailored weekend swimming in the mountains of Snowdonia.
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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.

Photo © Jody Daunton