Mind & Body

An Introduction to Open Water Swimming with Chris Millar

Saturday 3 (SOLD OUT) & Sunday 4 July

Suitability: 18+

£20 (plus booking fee)


Location: Browns Bay, Islandmagee | Meeting Point at Car Park.

Session 1 - 9.30am - 10.45am

Session 2 - 11.15am - 12.30pm


Location: Waterfoot Beach, Glenariff | Meeting Point at Car Park.

Session 1 - 9.30am - 10.45am

Session 2 - 11.15am - 12.30pm

Open water swimming is quite different to swimming in a pool, there are less physical boundaries and perhaps more importantly, the outdoor environment and nature is incredibly different and diverse.

For those of you who tuned into watch our online film Cold Water Swimming with Dr Helen Massey and a few other enthusiastic swimmers you will have heard accounts to the benefits of swimming in the cold, apparently it’s great for your circulation, metabolism, immune system and mental health. Whatever way you look at it wild swimming is certainly on trend at the moment and with a surge in popularity during lockdown we too thought, “We’ll have to give this a go in the name of Science”!

Outdoor swimming coach, Chris Millar who appeared in our Cold Water Swimming film has offered to do an introductory session in two safe locations along the North Coast.

If you are interested this is such a great chance to give it a go under the guidance and instruction of a proper certified coach. 

There will be a maximum of 5 people per session (75mins) and covered in the sessions would be-

suitable locations and equipment

reading weather forecasts

how to read tide times

hazard awareness

rip currents

Equipment required: 


- bathing suit/trunks

- tow float

- swim cap

- towel

- flip-flops/wet shoes (for walking from carpark to beach)

- flask with hot drink for afterwards


- wetsuit

- goggles

- plenty of warm clothes and woolly hat(for afterwards)

Should you have any difficulty getting a hold of any of these items Chris is a zone3 retailer and sells wetsuits, goggles, swim caps, tow floats etc. If you have any problems sourcing any of the kit about above let us know and we’ll put you in touch.

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