11th Nov 2022 - 14th Nov 2022
4 days/United Kingdom /Moderate
Spend the weekend enjoying Bluetitting in secret coves and tidal pools in Cornwall on this fun and inclusive swimming adventure! This trip has been designed with the Bluetits Chill Swimmers to allow you to explore the impressive Cornish coastline.
You will be exploring rockpools, taking a dip in tidal pools and discovering hidden coves.
The Bluetits Chill Swimmers is a social enterprise committed to empowering an inclusive community of cold water dippers. They now have more than 14,000 Bluetits across the globe.
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 30 minute walk to the hidden cove 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 9°C) and nights are chilly (down to around 5-2°C). The sea temperature in November is still relatively warms and tends to be around 13°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. 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 shared rooms at the YHA Perranporth.
This small and friendly hostel is in a stunnning cliff-top position and has spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean and nearby sandy beaches.
All meals will be provided as specified in the itinerary below.
We will dine both at local pubs and at the hostel.
If you have any dietary requirements you must inform us in advance.
We require a medical form to be completed by everyone upon registering, and any pre-existing conditions, medications used and other medical issues must be specified. All your medical details are treated in the strictest confidence.
The information will be securely screened by a qualified medical professional, and details provided to your tour manager and local guides so our staff are adequately informed and prepared to support you during the trip. By completing this booking form you are giving consent for us to contact you confidentially with any follow up questions regarding your health.
If you declare any medical conditions you may be asked to provide more information, or we may request to contact your GP.
In the event that your medical issues at the time of booking represent a concern for your safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of others in the group, you may be recommended not to take part. If this happens your booking will not be confirmed and the deposit will be refunded.
We must be informed if any conditions or medication change, or if new conditions develop. If necessary confirmation of fitness to travel from your GP or specialist may be required.
Please note that we will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the Equality Act 2010.
Walking shoes, boots or trainers with a good grip
Swimwear (at least 3 costumes recommended)
Brightly coloured swim or bobble bat
Underwear and socks
Non-cotton t-shirts / shirts
Non-cotton shorts / trousers
Non-cotton fleece / sweater / warm layer
Non-cotton base layer top and bottoms / thermals (for cold days or to sleep in)
Sunhat with brim, warm hat and sunglasses
Footwear to keep dry for evenings
Walking poles (optional)
LED head torch with new batteries inside
Fast-dry travel towel
Toiletries (toothbrush*, toothpaste*, shower gel*, shampoo*, deodorant* etc.)
Portable battery pack for mobile phone (optional)
Mobile phone – fully charged
Wallet with cash and credit/debit card(s)
Waterproof sunscreen (high SPF)
Small, basic first aid kit (pain killers, blister plasters, plasters, personal medication).
Consider antihistamine medicine for midge bites.
Mosquito/midge repellent (50% DEET repellent and/or Avon Skin So Soft Dry Oil Spray)
Feminine hygiene products*
Small pack of baby wipes (optional)
Water bottles to hold at least 2 litres of water
Electrolyte tablets (e.g. Nuun, High5 etc.) (optional)
Thermos flask / mug plus hot refreshment items e.g. tea, coffee, hot chocolate (optional)
Silicone hats/Bobble hats
Please note: This list is just a guideline and is not exhaustive. The items on this list do not take into account your personal preferences based on your previous trekking experience, or individual requirements. For information about items on this list please refer to the trip dossier or contact The Different Travel Company on firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options.
Arrive at the YHA in time to meet the group for introductions followed by an optional early evening swim before dinner.
This morning you will drive to Portreath for a swim in the tidal pool before heading over to Porthtowan for our second tidal pool dip. After a packed lunch you will have the afternoon free to explore – The Jubilee Pool in Penzance, a 45-minute drive away, is just one of many options This evening there is an option to join a local Bluetit swim at Perranporth before a campfire on the beach with your new friends. We’ll warm up over dinner at the local pub.
Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
Today we will take a short drive to the secret location before taking a 30 minute walk down to a hidden cove. You will spend the morning wild swimming before Sunday lunch at a clifftop inn. There are no great distances to cover and no pressure – just take a dip and have some fun in the water. There is some free time this afternoon – we’d suggest a high tide swim at Newquay Harbour or you can stay onland to explore the town.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
You are free to check out of the hostel at your leisure. Perhaps go for a swim at the Bude Sea Pool on your way home!
Registration fee: £99
This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves. There is no sponsorship required although if you wish to raise sponsorship for a charity you are welcome to do so.
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