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Swimming to Happy in 2017

As a human being I am a sensitive one, more so with noise and too much going on, my mind can't cope with it. For 15 months previous to February 2017 I had a noise to deal with, which caused a lot of traumatic stress and I closed away most of my emotions to enable me to function better. After February of 2017 I moved house, not very far away but far enough for the noise to stop.

This year has been more about restoring myself to a happy state of being. Being inspired by the KMF swim night, ChillSwim, Gone Swimming and a local swim club Buoy 13, I decided to take up swimming after seeing and meeting lots of calm happy and fun people.

Since the 29th of May I've been wetsuit free, with the coldest place being Hard Tarn. Adventuring with friends mostly taking the direct route up and down to tarns, then swimming, taking photographs and eating cake is making me very happy, the harder it is to get there the better. Recording memories more for the people I am with. While the water is getting colder I don't seem to mind, my core copes well with it. I'll be taking some hot tea for winter!

I'll be entering ChillSwim in February 2018, that's for sure and I'll probably become a merman or an ice cube!

There's a couple of conditions to make it into my list as a swim; 1) it's not allowed to be a pool swim and 2) the motive has to be that I did go swimming not just for instance a photoshoot/event.

The story above is a condensed version, the longer story is available on request. Names have been removed from most of the swims.

New Years Day with SleakerSwim
1 - 1st Jan

My first swim of the year, very cold and very short.

2 - 2nd March

A very short swim in very cold waters, notice the snow on the fells. Not using gloves was a bad idea this time.

Gurnal Dubs
3 - 9th April

The water wasn't much warmer but still full neoprene in the water.

Blea Tarn
4 - 11th April

What a view, this photo got in to Outdoor Swimmer.

Miller Ground
5 - 16th April

Braving the cold water, I needed to swim.

Fell Foot
6 - 18th April

It was a winter morning, I'd got a new camera and dome to play with.

Capenwray (quick no wetsuit)
7 - 1st May

Playing breifly in skins!

Rydal 2km 48mins (12mins 500m)
8 - 3rd May

A mini adventure across Rydal, it was a lovely day.

Rydal (no gloves)
9 - 3rd May

First time with no gloves.

Gurnal Dubs
10 - 5th May

A little swim run around the two tarns.

Potter Tarn
11 - 5th May

... the sun was setting and it was fun swimming!

Fell Foot/River
12 - 9th May

Instead of swimming around Fell Foot we went down the river to explore.

High Dam
13 - 10th May

My first time swimming around in skins, it wasn't that cold.

Harrop Tarn
14 - 11th May

Not an easy one to get to but it's got a great views all around.

Miller Ground with KTC
15 - 16th May

Out with Kendal Tri Club on a social swim.

Kentmere Reservoir
16 - 17th May

My first time out with Alison and her 60 Tarns challange.

Goats Water
17 - 18th May

A very cold tarn in the Coniston Fells.

Low Water
18 - 18th May

... the same day in the Coniston Fells, again quite cold.

Rydal (no wetsuit)
19 - 21st May

After photographing the Brathay Marathon I went for a swim.

20 - 23rd May

A quick paddle about while Wayne got some distance in.

Rive Lune
21 - 24th May

Playing around in the river, something different and exciting.

Porth Dafarch, Wales #goneswimming (no wetsuit) #photoshoot
22 - 26th May

Holiday time with some amazing people!

Ynys y Fydlyn, Wales #goneswimming #photoshoot
23 - 27th May

A somewhat different swim with some unhappy seas.

Four Mile Bridge to Plas Cymyran 4.5kms #goneswimming #photoshoot
24 - 28th May

More Gone Swimming adventures this time down a river, along with the crabs and a massive SUP.

Borthwen, Rhoscolyn, Wales #goneswimming (no wetsuit) #photoshoot
25 - 29th May

It took me sometime to get in but I swam in the cold sea.

Gurnal Dubs (no wetsuit)
26 - 31st May

It was warm, there were a few people swimming.

27 - 2nd June

Waiting for Wayne to get in the water was funny!

Buckstones Jump
28 - 2nd June

A nice sunny day and exploring a new swimming spot.

Coniston #lakelandtrails
29 - 4th June

Much to the suprise of the Lakeland Trails team I went swimming after photographing the event.

Crummock Water #swimrun #tadpoleround 2:28:39
30 - 6th June

A big adventure in some interesting weather.

Buttermere #swimrun #tadpoleround 2:28:39
31 - 6th June

... it was warm in the lake, windy out and the running wasn't bad in a wetsuit.

Coniston Peel Island
32 - 13th June

A longer swim with some front crawl practice.

Gurnal Dubs
33 - 14th June

Another swim in our local pool :-)

Kentmere Reservoir
34 - 19th June

We biked up to the tarn where my friend had never swam before.

Rydal with KTC
35 - 20th June

Swimming about with the Tri Club.

Windermere Swim with WWW
36 - 21st June

Some yoga and then swimming with the wonderful wild women.

Windermere Swim with SleakerSwim
37 - 23rd June

Before shooting a night swim, I had chance to swim myself.

38 - 24th June

It's a bit smelly in here, my wetsuit still regrets it.

Gurnal Dubs
39 - 25th June

A nice quiet evening for a swim.

Potter Tarn
40 - 25th June

... just look at that sunset and the tiny fishes.

Gurnal Dubs
41 - 6th July

Experimenting with throwing my camera in the air.

High Dam #funkytrunks
42 - 9th July

I'd just bought some new Funky Trucks!

High Dam with KTC
43 - 11th July

Swimming about with the Tri Club.

44 - 13th July

First time swimming in Grasmere, no green weeds for me.

Grasmere with WWW
45 - 14th July

A little bit of rain, a few photos and some great people to swim with.

Secret Pool
46 - 17th July

A perfect photo without a dome.

Fell Foot
47 - 18th July

It was a 28° day so I had a bike swim adventure, Fell Foot was busy.

High Dam
48 - 18th July

... it was busier than normal.

Low Dam
49 - 18th July

... first time in here, it's cooler than High Dam and darker.

Miller Ground with KTC
50 - 18th July

... finishing off the 28° day with the club.

Fell Foot
51 - 21st July

Swimming about and having fun.

Secret Pool
52 - 24th July

My secret pool swim ;-)

Stockdale Bridge, Longsleddle
53 - 24th July

... so many biting midges, I didn't stop here for long.

54 - 27th July

Just playing around, there were some drunk people around.

Fell Foot #photoshoot
55 - 31st July

I missed out on swimming in the heavy rain :(

Buckstones Jump
56 - 1st August

Back here again, this time it's flowing a lot more.

Gurnal Dubs with KTC
57 - 1st August

First in and one of two in skins.

Capenwray #mytrievents
58 - 2nd August

Swimming in the blue ocean before photographing the event there.

Hard Tarn #cold #highist
59 - 3rd August

A fresh rain water swim, which was very cold but made me very happy!

Bassenthwaite Lake
60 - 5th August

There's not many times I would swim in here so I took the chance when I could while working around an event.

Alcock Tarn #nightswim
61 - 7th August

My first night swim, I took a timelapse so people could see where they had been going using the glowsticks. Another photo in Outdoor Swimmer.

Codale Tarn
62 - 8th August

Capturing Alison and her friends in another tarn.

Easdale Tarn
63 - 8th August

... it's dark down there!

Angle Tarn
64 - 9th August

With a steep ascent/decent, this tarn was cool but worth getting there around sunset.

Secret Pool
65 - 10th August

My secret pool swim, the weather was warm, the water cooler!

Fell Foot
66 - 11th August

A canceled Wonderful Wild Women evening, still we went swimming.

Miller Ground
67 - 15th August

I'd been to look at Podnet Tarn before arriving here, we jumped in.

Loughrigg Tarn
68 - 17th August

Alison 60th and a good swim around the tarn with a lot of her friends/family.

Potter Tarn
69 - 22nd August

Taking the day off I went exploring and swimming.

Gurnal Dubs
70 - 22nd August

... finding some new places to swim after this, places I need to go back to.

Miller Ground
71 - 23rd August

A swim out to Buoy 13, my camera was playing up a bit.

Grizedale Tarn
72 - 26th August

Ticking off another tarn, not a warm day.

Hard Tarn #cold
73 - 26th August

... back here again, this time to have a better swim, need to go back again, not as cold as fresh rain water.

Fell Foot with SleakerSwim
74 - 27th August

After the SleakerSwim event I had a quick paddle around, finally found the block I had been looking for.

Rydal with KTC
75 - 29th August

Paddling around and eating sausages.

Buoy 13 1/2 #wetsuit
76 - 30th August

Attempting to swim a bit further without much luck.

Blackbeck Tarn #photoshoot
77 - 31st August

One tarn that almost looks like an infinty pool looking north.

Innominate Tarn
78 - 31st August

... exploring the northern tarns, this was shallow, warm and had a dramatic and moody backdrop.

Crummock Water
79 - September 1st

Surprisingly warm at 8am.

Brathay #epicevents
80 - September 3rd

Just time to get a quick swim in after working on the Windermere One Way swim event.

Buoy 13
81 - September 6th

My first time out with Buoy 13.

Banishead Quarry Tarn
82 - September 8th

Cooler than most tarns but a great setting, interesting access and a massive waterfall!

Holme Fell Reservoir (East)
83 - September 8th

... finding more interesting locations to swim in, this was hidden away in the fells.

Yew Tree Tarn
84 - September 8th

... after passing this tarn many times on the bike or in a car, I finally swam here. A little cooler than expected.

Gurnal Dubs
85 - September 12th

I tried to swim in the heavy rain but ended up biking in it instead.

Stickle Tarn #cold
86 - September 14th

Showing my Auntie around the highlights of the Lake District. The tarn was very cold!

Coniston #photoshoot
87 - September 19th

An early morning swimming with the sun and the myst rising.

Bouy 13 with Bouy 13 #cooler
88 - September 22nd

There's nothing like a sunrise swim with an amazing bunch of people :-)

Windermere 14.5°
89 - September 24th

Swimming, campfire and wonderful people :-)

Bouy 13 with Bouy 13 #raining 14°
90 - September 30th

Raining with no dry clothes, still the most amazing swim I've done because of the people in the club :-)

Rydal Swing #ropeswing 13.9°
91 - October 1st

Walking with a few wild women from Buoy 13.

Buoy 13 #windy #dark 13.8°
92 - October 4th

Dark, windy, choppy, brrr!

Buoy 13 #nightswim 13°
93 - October 5th

It's nice to do something good for people that they will remember, tonight I planned a little night swim with the amazing people from the Buoy 13 gang :-)

Rydal 12.8°
94 - October 10th

A minute dip in the lake.

Buckstones Jump 11.8°
95 - October 10th

Playing around in the mill pond of bubbles!

Buoy 13 #stormy
96 - October 11th

Really windy, dark and plenty of waves. No hesitation to get in though the leafy mess. Only made it half way to the buoy!

Buoy 13 12.1°
97 - October 18th

So very calm on the lake :-)

Buoy 13 13°
98 - October 20th

Maybe the best cake I've made so far this year...

Fell Foot with SleakerSwim #nightswim
99 - October 20th

A warm night dip after the event :-)

Buoy 13 #100 12.1°
100 - October 25th

100th swim of the year! :-)

Buoy 13 12°
101 - October 29th

Brrrrr but not dark :-)

Capenwray #nighswim 13.8°
102 - November 1st

Swimming after the Fireworks 500

Seljavallalaug, Iceland 23°
103 - November 3rd

Swimming at the 1923 Icelandic pool, I found out about this 9 year ago.

Seljavallalaug, Iceland 18°
104 - November 7th

Again swimming, this time in the sunset.

Laugarvatn, Iceland 5.7°
105 - November 8th

My coldist swim so far, before 2 hours of hot pools.

Buoy 13 10.4°
106 - November 14th

Slighly colder in Windermere but with good company.

Buoy 13 Dip 9.8°
107 - November 18th

Not feeling the waves today.

High Dam 7.6°
108 - November 24th

Fun swim with great adventure friends!

Small Water #WWW 4.8°
109 - November 26th

Snow on the fells and a zen feeling to this swim.

Quick Windermere Dip 7.0°
110 - December 1st

A short dip after a photoshot.

Goats Water 3.0°
111 - December 3rd

5 shoulder dips in this beautiful chilly tarn, my hands feeling it the most.

Buoy 13 6.8°
112 - December 8th

Working on breathing and keeping warm.

Buoy 13 7.2°
113 - December 9th

Calm waters today :-)

Brothers Water 3.8°
114 - December 11th

Dipping with ICE!

Rydal 3.9°
115 - December 12th

Now cold swimming is my happy place!

Capenwray 7.8°
116 - December 16th

I just got in and swam!

Windermere Temperature Gauge

Other Lakes/Tarns Temperature Gauge

Most of the locations mapped!