On Saturday 9th March 150 swimmers gathered for SwimWild’s first big event of the year, the first ever Scottish Winter Swimming Championships at Taymouth Marina, Loch Tay. Water temperature was 4.9 degrees C and competitors ranged from 20 to 80 years old. Races included 50m breaststroke, freestyle and butterfly, as well as longer freestyle races, up to 450m.
The SwimWild team is incredibly please with how the day went. Despite some very challenging weather conditions, with snow, sleet, rain and gale-force winds, the marina remained sheltered and calm for the races. The wild weather did not phase the hardy Scottish swimmers who swam brilliantly and danced in their dryrobes to stay warm! There were some fabulous fancy dress outfits for the relay swims and some excellent hats in the head-up breaststroke races - time to get planning yours for next year!!
I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the safety and medical crew, volunteers, swimmers and spectators for making it such a fantastic event! It has taken a lot of hard work to put an event like this but seeing so many smiling faces, so much laughter and dancing has made it all 1000% worth it. SwimWild is already in talks with the International Winter Swimming Association about a date for next year. Please check the SwimWild social media pages and website for news of future events.
For the Outdoor Swimming Society's write up of the event, please click HERE.
For more photos of the event, taken by Anna Deacon, please click HERE. If you share these images, please be sure to credit Anna Deacon.