Wild Swimming Christmas Gift Guide
Seasoned wild swimmer or perhaps this is your first year, what better reason to add some water themed gifts to your or somebody else’s Christmas List. Here at Tri Wetsuit Hire we came up with our favourites (big hint Father Christmas)
A nice bright hat not only keeps your head warm, helps you be seen and they can be a whole lot of fun too. We can’t help but love this swim hat from Cool Bathings. Click here
An absolute safety must for wild swimming if you want to be seen. These bright tow floats from Ulu are also dry bags, so you can tuck your keys, cake or clothes in if you swim longer. Click here
Subscription to a swimming magazine full of other people like you
When not in water, we are dreaming, reading about being in water. Keep up to date with your swim tribe with Outdoor Swimmer, the only magazine in the world dedicated to open water swimming in all its forms Click here and 220 Triathlon, the UK’s longest-running and most popular magazine for all things triathlon-related Click here
Entry to an event
A great way to swim in new places or to challenge yourself. We can't decide between Tri Wetsuit Hire friends, Madhatter Sports' Polkerris Swim Festival in sunny Cornwall in September Click here or a Castle Series Swim Click here. Perhaps both ; )
Keep your feet warm
Swim Coach, Jude’s, best present last year from her 3 daughters. A door mat from Robert Dyas. (they splashed out!) Keeps the feet clean but more importantly asks as a barrier between your feet and the cold floor.
Gloves / socks / hat
Gloves, socks and hats can make all the difference to our enjoyment and many find they add that extra layer of comfort as they swim through the winter. Always in our swim bag whatever the weather. Click here for our great selection.
Great for staying warm, swimming in, covering up your bad hair day, what is not to love about a warm woolly hat. Why not match the colours to your swim community or your personality. Please Santa bring us this bright and cheery Salty Seabird (a social enterprise which aims to encourage more people into swimming) one for the grey months ahead. Click here
With plenty of different brands to choose from including those made from more sustainable materials, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to oversized robes to keep us warm, keep out the wind and make us feel part of the swim tribe. Yonda, Selkie and Smoc Smoc to name but a few.
A gift to the environment
Be a good ancestor and give something back by donating to The Rivers Trust or getting involved in practical projects https://www.theriverstrust.org/take-action
We may moan about water quality here in the UK but we can help make drinking water a reality for many in other countries with Wateraid https://www.wateraid.org/uk/
If you are looking to upgrade from your Ikea Bag to a bag with a load more useful features, a waterproof swim rucksack like this one from Wild Moose (www.wild-moose.co.uk) could be the way to go. We think the external loops could be great for holding your rolled up stand mat.
A swim coaching session with Jude Palmer or Paul MacKenzie
We love learning new swim tips, tricks and improving our confidence in the water and so we really value time spent with experienced swimmers and coaches, Jude and Paul. A great gift for a loved one or yourself. www.runsurreyhills.com
An inexpensive piece of kit to throw to the bottom of your kit bag but priceless if you need to warm yourself or someone else up. Not to be confused with the thin emergency blankets which are not good for wild swimming as they do not help keep heat in.
Seek out new swim adventures
If you have your eye on swimming to that desert island or fancy going from A to B with your wordly possessions in tow then a Ruckraft could be for you. A large drybag combined with an inflatable raft makes towing easy. Click here
So go on Santa, we have been a very good bunch of swimmers and dippers. Fill our dry bags a plenty with goodies.
The Tri Wetsuit Hire Team