Our wild swimming gifts will delight your cold water loving chum.
Wild Swimming is gaining more and more participants. Swimming year round in open water be it rivers, lakes or the sea, is growing in popularity. And as the UK is sadly not known for its balmy climate, this usually means swimming in cold water.
We have put together a list of gifts to consider for your wild swimming friend.
Our Top 5 Wild Swimming Gifts
This is the absolute must have for after swimming in cold water. Not only are Dryrobes extremely practical, they are also very trendy so they are one of our favourite ideas for wild swimming gifts. You cannot go wrong.
Dryrobe’s Advance Long Sleeve change robe is the warmest and most advanced change robe in the world. 100% Waterproof and Windproof outer and fleece lined inner will keep you warm and dry in any climate! Made for changing sports clothing or wetsuits outdoors, the dryrobe allows you to easily change out of your clothing within the robe.
We love this gift idea for wild swimmers. They can record underwater or the shore from the water, giving a unique perspective for family and frends.
Who knows, you may be creating a future Instagram Influencer!
Does your swimming friend already have a Dryrobe? Lucky them, so how about this compression bag to store and transport their robe? Dryrobes are brilliant but they are bulky and so the company designed this vacuum packed bag. Genius in our view.
What a fabulous treat for your swimming friend! We are jealous already…
This watch works underwater and its GPS connectivity will record open water swims, stroke rate, distance and a whole host of other metrics.
There really is nothing as good as snuggling into a lovely warm hoodie after a cold water swim. With no zips to trouble trembling fingers, this hoodie is an excellent wild swimming gift. And bonus, it comes in a choice of colours.
Wild Swimming gifts – pre swim
Whatever the weather, this changing robe is a must have. We use ours on the beach to dry off, keep warm and to change in. They are lovely and roomy so changing is easy and discreet.
On cold days they keep you warm until the last possible moment! What’s not to like?
With all this kit, your chum is going to need a bag big enough to cope. Check out this option which holds 40 litres of stuff.
Wild Swimming gifts – the swim
Be seen, be safe. These unisex swimming caps come with ear pockets and are suitable for people with long hair.
We use these googles so they come highly recommended. And in a choice of colours.
Helpful in the sea when there are jelly fish around, gulp.
High quality custom fit ear plugs to keep the nasties away. Come in a choice of colours.
These lovely water shoes fulfil a number of functions. Most importantly they keep your feet warm, but they also give you some grip on slippery rocks and may guard against weever fish stings.
The shoes come in a variety of colours for men and women.
From the Company that brought you the New Wave Swim Buoy, the Bubble offers a light weight way to float and rest during swims and a great way to remain visible.
We think this is one of the best wild swimming gifts as it will keep your chum safe.
Another great idea for a wild swimming gift that focuses on safety. These whistles come highly recommended and they are loud!
A great idea if you are nervous about leaving your phone on shore, or if you want to take underwater pictures. We are a bit uncertain about this idea ourselves, but this product comes highly recommended.
We know many people who don’t wear a wetsuit, but they do wear gloves to keep their hands warm. They also help with swimming as they are more efficient in the water than a bare hand.
A great idea for a swimming gift.
Just like wetsuit gloves above, these socks help to keep your extremities warm. They should be worn with shoes as they are not intended to be suitable for walking on sand or rocks. Why not give both of these wild swimming gifts together?
Wild Swimming Gifts – after the swim
There are those amongst us who don’t like sand (imagine!). For those souls this bag converts into a handy changing mat that will keep their feet clean while they change on the beach.
The bag is waterproof and made of heavy duty material so it is ideal to carry home wet and sandy wetsuits, socks, shoes etc.
After the swim the focus is on keeping warm and as we all know 90% of our body heat escapes through our head. So this lovely ladies beanie will be the first thing your wild swimming friend will put on after the swim.
I find that getting changed quickly is very important and so you need clothes that are easy to get into. These wrist warmers have a thumb hole with no fingers. This makes them easier to get on than regular gloves and they still do a great job of keeping hands and wrists warm.
Warm coffee or mulled wine, what ever takes your fancy to warm you after a cold water swim…
A great tip we learned from a member of the Blue Tits; take a hot water bottle and wrap your towels and clothes around it while you swim, that way you will have toasty towels and clothes to change into after the swim. Genius!
Wild Swimming Books
A great wild swimming gift idea for your chum who is contemplating taking the plunge. This lovely book shares hints and tips so that the first swim is undertaken with confidence.
The book explores the joy of wild swimming and the benefits that it brings.
This cute logbook comes in paperback or hardback and has space to record 100 swims.
Each page covers one swim and includes date and time, location, conditions, water quality, hazards and currents. You can record your personal experiences and even what coffee facilities are nearby.
A great gift for your chum who likes to record their swimming experiences.
Bonnie Tsui takes us around the globe via personal stories to discover why we swim.
We explore the history of swimming, the benefits of swimming and how swimming can improve your spirituality.
Over 400 of the best lidos, wild swimming and open air swimming spots in England, Scotland and Wales.
Take this book on a UK holiday and discover new awesome wild swimming locations
Clues and Patterns from puddles to sea. Tristan Gooley draws on his own pioneering journeys to reveal the secrets of ponds, puddles, rivers, oceans and more to show us all the skills we need to read the water around us.
Fun Wild Swimming Gifts
A cute calendar to plan wild swimming dates and places. A great gift for a Christmas stocking in 2021.
For swimmers who appreciate a good laugh, this light hearted game will have you all in stitches.
A great idea for a Secret Santa or for a Christmas stocking.
We love this fun birthday card – just like the wild swimmers we know! And bonus there is one for men as well.
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