Open Water Swimming is a new fixture in Nottingham’s ParkLives activity calendar. Joining sessions such as Nordic Walking and Hula Hooping, ParkLives creates a relaxed and supportive atmosphere for the local community to get the best out of their parks.
Every month this summer, Coca-Cola’s ParkLives will be leading an intrepid crew of open water swimmers at Colwick Country Park in Nottingham. The free sessions are supervised by a qualified instructor and are perfect for people who want to get back to nature or are looking for more of a challenge than swimming lanes at their local pool.
Open water swimming is gaining in popularity all over the country, especially in summer when the UK’s swimming ponds and lakes are a brilliant place to cool off. The ParkLives sessions were launched on Saturday 6th May and are open to everyone who can swim at least 400m (about 8 lengths of a standard swimming pool). It doesn’t matter if you haven’t got previous experience, it’s all about trying something new - you can even borrow a wetsuit!
Not satisfied with the calm Colwick’s Lake in Nottingham, Debbie has since completed the gruelling Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim, which is a 1.5 to 2-mile swim from the historical island prison to San Francisco.
Another open water swimming convert is Simon Baines-Norton, who also took the plunge as a change of pace from running. As well as the physical aspect, Simon enjoys the sociable aspect of the ParkLives group: “I’ve met loads of new friends through ParkLives – we keep in touch on Facebook. A lot of them do triathlons, which is something I’m now considering too. I’ve recently bought a bike, so I’ll see how I feel after a bit more open water training.”
If you’ve been inspired by Debbie and Simon, book your place in an open water swimming session at parklives.com.
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