Making a splash with open water swimming

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A group of intrepid swimmers recently took to the North Sea for an open water swimming course.

It was a Sport England (Sportivate) funded project which was delivered to encourage young women in rural North Northumberland to take part in a new and exciting activity.

The course ran over a six week period which involved swimming in the sea at Boulmer every Saturday in August.

The highlight of the programme was a trip to the Farne Islands to swim with Atlantic Grey seals in the wild in early September

There was much interest in the programme as it is totally unique and showcases Northumberland at its splend best.

Keri-Anne Payne and Adam Walker both penned personal messages to encourage the girls and wish them well on their journey. Great Swim offered a free place at the Great Scottish Swim in Loch Lomond. Kate Lawson took advantage of this and had a fantastic swim coming first in the age group in her wave. Kate had so much fun she has enrolled to swim at Kielder water this weekend.

Great Swim also sent the girls swim caps. The Outdoor Swimming Society also sent the girls swim caps.

Colin Hill (Chillswim) donated 12 Chillswim Tow floats to keep the girls highly visible and safe in the open water. He also donated goody bags. H2Open magazine sent each of the girls a free issue of their magazine full of open water news.

Boulmer Voluntary Life Boat Service let them use their lifeboat station as a classroom and they launched the lifeboat at the training sessions and kept a close eye on the girls to ensure absolute safety throughout the duration of our swims.