I think I have always been a little bit slow on the uptake. It took me three years of living at Pickwell to realise just how exhilarating it is to run along the coastal paths on our doorstep. Similarly it has taken me four years to realise quite how enjoyable it is to go for a 'proper' swim in the sea just a few fields away
'Magic Seaweed' surf forecast and head for a swim.
OK so far this is maybe sounding somewhat athletic and even a little scientific so here’s the reality check.... We stop every 50 metres and chat for a while and when necessary we do backstroke or breastroke. It really it’s no different to what goes on in your local swimming pool (just without the bombing, diving and heavy petting!)
Open water swimming or 'wild swimming' has understandably experienced a significant increase in popularity of late. It is important to realise that it can be very dangerous and you need to do your homework before going out. The following link gives a helpful guide to staying safe when swimming.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Although Putsborough is regarded as one of the safer local surfing / swimming beaches it does not have lifeguards present and it can have a strong rip at times (particularly close to Baggy Point)
So next time you are on holiday and the waves are flat, rather than moping....Find a friends or two, get your goggles on and go for a swim.