5th Jul 2024 - 8th Jul 2024
4 days/United Kingdom /Moderate
A new destination for 2024! Join us on the stunning Welsh island of Anglesey for a weekend of wild dips and general bluetitting!
This weekend has been designed especially with The Bluetits Chill Swimmers to explore the very best swimming spots the area has to offer.
The Bluetits Chill Swimmers is a social enterprise committed to empowering an inclusive community of cold water dippers. They now have more than 100,000 Bluetits across the globe. You do not need to be a Bluetit to take part and solo travellers are more than welcome.
This trip has been graded as moderate for someone of good fitness. A Bluetit motto is ‘No Bluetit Left Behind!’ so what is most important is that you feel able to enjoy the weekend.
The walks to the swimming spots will be along an undulating coastal path and will be at a gentle pace.
You will never be pressured to go out of your depth or beyond your comfort zone when it comes to swimming but you must be able to tread water in order to get the most out of the wild swimming adventure.
You do not need any experience of wild swimming to take part in this adventure weekend. It is advised that you know how to tread water to be able to get the most enjoyment out of the trip.
The weather in the UK is unpredictable and changeable so you must check the local weather forecast prior to arrival and pack accordingly.
Typically, days are cool (average 14°C) and nights are chilly (down to around 11°C). The sea temperature in July is cool and tends to be around 14°C.
Please note it is possible to experience extreme deviations from the normal climate pattern and very cold conditions are not impossible. Climate and weather conditions during the trip are out of our control. It is extremely important that you take responsibility to prepare yourself for all weather conditions during this challenge.
Our qualified Bluetit swimming guides are very used to dipping with people new to cold water swimming, and will explain what to expect at every step. We encourage you to take part in ‘The Bluetit Chorus’, which involves plenty of singing, shouting and the odd swear word to help your breath to acclimatise to the cold. Only you know your body, and we advise that you take things easy and allow your body and mind to acclimatise to the cold gradually.
Anyone aged 18+ can take part in the adventure weekend. You must have a good level of fitness, able to self-manage (e.g. you know how to keep hydrated, nourished, warm and dry) and be in good health. You will enjoy the weekend to the fullest if you enjoy being outdoors and want to gently challenge your limits with a supportive group of people. The Bluetit values are Trust, Fun and Inclusivity, and if you share these, you will love this holiday!
Please also note that all participants must be able to swim and tread water comfortably.
This challenge is accompanied by professional Bluetits swim tour guides who will offer expert instruction in techniques and supervise throughout the trip.
You will need to wear comfortable walking boots or sturdy trainers for the walking element of the weekend and we advise you to bring waterproofs given the inclement weather we can experience here in the UK.
Normal swimwear is adequate for swimming. A tow float, swim shoes and brightly-coloured hat are essential for safety reasons. Other swimming accessories, such as wet suits, rash vests, swim shoes, gloves, goggles etc., are not essential but may make you feel more comfortable.
You will also need to bring some dry clothes to change into after your swim. Your body temperature continues to cool for 20-30 minutes after you exit the water and warming up immediately is essential. Loose-fitting clothes, such as big fleecy pyjamas and oversized jumpers, are easier to put on with numb hands and fingers. A wooly hat and big gloves or mittens are also helpful.
Please see the full suggested kit list below.
We will be staying in a self-contained bunk house with multi-share rooms in Rhoscolyn.
The bunk house is equipped with a spacious dining room and comfortable conservatory.
You wil be staying a stones throw from sandy beaches, hidden coves, sea cliffs and a stunning coastal path.
All meals will be provided as specified in the itinerary below.
We will dine both at the bunk house for breakfast and dinner. Packed lunches will be provided during the day.
If you have any dietary requirements you must inform us in advance.
Arrive at the bunk house in time to meet the group for introductions and a welcome dinner.
This morning we will set off to explore some of the many bays, none of which are far from our bunkhouse. This afternoon there will be a chance to enjoy life on the water, with an optional sea kayaking trip.
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
Another jam-packed morning exploring and dipping with your Bluetits guides. There is free time this afternoon to perhaps enjoy a walk or just relax and admire the stunning views!
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
You are free to check out of the hostel at your leisure. Perhaps go for a swim another swim on your way home!
N.B. This itinerary may change due to weather, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary but we cannot be held responsible for changes outside of our control. In all circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest health and safety.
Registration fee: £95
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