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You know you’re an open water swimmer when…

Swim the channel with the Mencap Marvels

You see these types of lists circulating on Facebook from time to time; “you know you’re a whatever when…” There’s probably one out there already for open water swimmers but I haven’t seen it yet so I thought I’d write one. It’s meant for fun so please don’t take it seriously but do send us any other suggestions.

  • You think cake is a recovery food and you can always say yes to a second portion
  • You always want the heating in your office turned down
  • You can’t pass a body of water without wondering if you can swim in it
  • You carry your swimming kit everywhere, just in case…
  • Your partner, or a guest in your house, has screamed when they encountered your wetsuit hanging above the bath to dry
  • You’ve eaten your lunch by 10 in the morning and your afternoon snack by midday
  • You think leaving your cosy warm bed at five in the morning to jump into a cold lake is a normal, rational and fun thing to do
  • You think changing robes are fashionable
  • You’re comfortable being seen in public with next to no clothes on (or wearing a tight-fitting rubber suit)
  • You’ve learnt not to judge a swimmer’s ability by the shape of their body
  • You read H2Open Magazine cover to cover (and if you haven’t got one already you should take out a subscription today!)

(Added 23/9/09) And here are a few more sent in by readers:

  • You’ve invested in your own tube of neoprene wet suit repair adhesive (Dianne Parrish)
  • You eagerly scan web sites for bargains on extra warm clothes (Rod Newing)
  • You get dizzy in a pool (Liz Tarr)
  • You are more socialable than a triathlete (Adrian Ward)
  • Your car seems to accumulate un-identified, permanently wet and moldy pieces of kit (Nic Defillion)

I created Outdoor Swimmer in 2011 (initially as H2Open Magazine) as an outlet for my passion for swimming outdoors. I've been a swimmer and outdoor swimmer for as long as I remember. Swimming has made a huge difference to my life and I want to share its joys and benefits with as many people as possible. I am also the author of Swim Wild & Free: A Practical Guide to Swimming Outdoors 365 a Year and I provide one-to-one support to swimmers through Swim Mentoring.