Everything about cold water swimming (part 3)

Cold-water swimming dangers

While the advantages are luring, it’s essential to know about the dangers of cold-water swimming, particularly in vast water, for example, lakes or streams, before you jump in.

You will possibly pick up the advantages of large water swimming in case you’re doing it securely, by knowing your points of confinement and the outcomes in the event that you go excessively far, too rapidly.

Some of these dangers can begin even before you plunge a toe into cold water:


Hypothermia alludes to a drop in the core body heat level to beneath 35C (ordinary body heat level is somewhere in the range of 36.5C and 37.5C), which can be not kidding if not spotted and treated rapidly. It is an undeniable hazard to open-water swimmers, particularly in the chilliest months.

The human body begins to cool from the minute the exposure starts. For a great deal of open-water swimmers, this is the moment that you begin removing the warm outfits you are wearing. You at that point go for your swim – during which time your body keeps cooling – and afterwards on leaving the water, while you are getting dry and getting dressed, your body will at present be step by step chilling off.

It takes your body twice as long to warm back up as it does to chill off.

This implies, in the event that it takes you around seven-and-a-half minutes to get changed and into the water, you swim for 15 minutes. Afterwards, it takes you further seven-and-a-half minutes to get changed go into dry outfits once more. Your body will have been cooling for 30 minutes – not only for the 15 minutes you were swimming. It will, at that point, take your body an hour to warm back up entirely again.