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

Dry Robe Long Sleeve change robe

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.

Waterproof Action Camera

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!

Gifts for wild swimmers

Dryrobe compression bag

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.

Garmin Swim 2 – GPS Swimming Smartwatch

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.

Take the Plunge Hoodie

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


Dry Robe Towelling Changing Robe

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?

Maxtop 40l Rucksack

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

Swimming cap

Be seen, be safe. These unisex swimming caps come with ear pockets and are suitable for people with long hair.

Speedo Unisex Googles

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.

2 pairs of Swimmer Ear Plugs

High quality custom fit ear plugs to keep the nasties away. Come in a choice of colours.

Saguaro Unisex Water Shoes

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.

New Wave Swim Bubble

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.

Emergency whistles

Another great idea for a wild swimming gift that focuses on safety. These whistles come highly recommended and they are loud!

Waterproof Phone Case

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.

Wetsuit gloves

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.

Wetsuit socks

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

Waterproof changing mat and bag

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.

Microfibre towel

You can never have enough microfibre towels, they are compact and quick to dry.

Ladies Double Layer Beanie Hat

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.

Wrist warmers/half fingerless gloves

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.

Thermos ThermoCafe Stainless Steel 1 litre Flask

Warm coffee or mulled wine, what ever takes your fancy to warm you after a cold water swim…

Hot Water Bottle

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

Taking the Plunge by Anna Deacon & Vicky Allen

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.

Wild Swimming Logbook

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.

Why we Swim by Bonnie Tsui

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.

Outdoor Swimming Guide

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

How to Read Water by Tristan Gooley

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.

The Shape of Water by Andy Skitt

A short collections of poems focusing on wild swimming.

Fun Wild Swimming Gifts

Wild Swimming Calendar 2022

A cute calendar to plan wild swimming dates and places. A great gift for a Christmas stocking in 2021.

Wild Swimming Bingo Game

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.

Swimmers watercolour

A lovely picture for your swimming friend, this measures 30 x 20 inches.

Wild swimming birthday card

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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