My Waterlog

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July 22ndViti Crater, Askja, Iceland - cooler than the expected "warm water". Naked swimming is a tradition here.
Sept. 6thNorth Sea at Gorleston-on-Sea - lovely sandy beach.
Sept. 24thLake Garda, Macesina, northern Italy - wonderfully clear water and sky.


July 30thHampstead Pools, Hampstead Heath. Sunny Monday evening after work.
Aug. 5thRiver Thames, near Binsey, Oxford. Hot sunny summer Sunday afternoon.
Aug. 15thRiver Thames, Port Meadow, Oxford. Wed. eve.
Sept. 30thMediterranean Sea at Finale Ligure, northern Italy.


April 26th +A week of early morning swims in the heated outdoor pool in the Sheraton San Marcos hotel, Chandler, Arizona. Also at Red Rock State Park near Sedona.
May 3rdRiver Thames at Eaton. Early morning swim (6:30am) - beautifully sunny with frost on the grass.
July 16th & 17thMediterranean Sea at L'Escala, Costa Brava, Spain. First experience of snorkelling.
Aug. 12th +Another week at the Sheraton San Marcos and the Wyndham Hotel, Chandler, Arizona. Also at Canyon Lake Sat. pm.
Aug. 25th & 26thIsle of Rum, Scotland. Mountain pool on descent from Askival, and in sea before catching ferry to leave.
Sept. 16thIn stream near Aira Force (wickedly cold).
Sept 17thUllswater - early morning swim - cool.
Sept. 21stSchull, Eire. Afternoon swim in the sea (about 40 minutes). Cool.
Sept 22ndRiver Shannon - evening swim.
Nov. 9thEnglish Channel at Torbay, Devon. Quick dip in the morning, and a fifteen minute swim in the evening at sunset.
Nov. 10thSurfing at Newquay, Cornwall. Two hours in wetsuit. First surfing experience.
Dec. 2nd to 5thIndian Ocean, Xai-Xai, Mozambique. Two early morning and two afternoon swims. Water tepid.


Jan. 18thRiver Thames at Wolvercote. Sat. lunch time. Water freezing.
Mar. 15thRiver Thames at Eaton and at Farmoor. Sat. afternoon.
Apr. 19thRiver Thames at Kelmscott. Sat. late afternoon. Cold windy day.
Apr. 29thRiver Thames at Farmoor. About 6:30am. Beautiful sunny morning.
May 1stAylesbury Open Air Pool. Evening. What a discovery!
May 3rdHinksey Open Air Pool, Oxford. First day open. Free. Cool.
May 4thRiver Thames at Lechlade. Sunny morning. Later in Keynes Water Park Lake (about 45 minutes in very cold water). Later walked to the Source of the Thames.
May 10thUpper Lake, Glendalough, Eire. Evening swim in black lake. Cool.
May 26thHeated open air pool, Stykkisholmur, Iceland. Early morning swim before a 60km cycle ride.
June 1stHeated open air pool, Reykjavik, Iceland. Afternoon. Including dips in the hot tubs.
July 10th +Another week at the Sheraton San Marcos, Chandler, Arizona. Also afternoon swim and wallow in Saguaro Lake (Sat. pm) and in cool stream near Red Rock State Park near Sedona (Sun. pm).
July 24thLaachsee, north of Koblenz, Germany. Wonderful woodland by side of lake. Several other swimmers.
Aug. 3rdRiver Thames at Henley. Late afternoon.
Aug. 9thRiver Thames at Farmoor. V. hot Sat. evening.
Aug. 16th & 17thIn river in Cwm Twrch in several crystal clear pools.
Sept. 11thNorth Sea at Gorleston-on-Sea. Afternoon swim after meeting.
Sept. 26thAmmersee near Herrsching near Munich, Germany - swim at sunset after giving two-day training course.
Sept. 27thSaturday morning swim in the Starnberger See. Other swimmers too. On to the Eibsee, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen for long swim long way out from shore - cool.
Sept. 28thSunday morning swim in the Weissensee near Fuessen. Swim in Forggesee after visit to Schloss Neuschwannstein.
Nov. 30thRiver Thames near Maybush pub, near Standlake. Sunday morning swim during cycle ride.


Jan. 7thStarted weekly swims at Aylesbury open air pool. Wed. eves. In March swam 2km, then 1.2km after recovering from heavy cold. Continued almost every week all year.
May & JuneSeveral visits to Hinksey Outdoor Pool, incl. some Sunday mornings.
May 29thRiver Avon, Fladbury (near Evesham) - quick dip one very hot Saturday afternoon.
May 29thLake Bala - evening swim. Delicious cool swim in black water.
May 30thRhinog Mountains - Llyn Dyr, Llyn Cwmhosan and Llyn Hywel.
May 31stEarly morning swim in Irish Sea, Bennar Beach, near Dyffryn Ardudwy, south of Harlech. Later, wonderful swim in Llyn Cau (halfway up Cader Idris) - so clear, so black, sooh cold!
July 31stBlue Pool, Horseshoe Pass, near Llangollen, North Wales. This old quarry is now filled with crystal clear water with a slight bluish tinge. It is about 40 feet deep and very cold. Swam a few lengths, and jumped in a couple of times from the side. Then dried out and warmed up in the sun.
July 31st / Aug 1stLlyn Idwal - we camped by this lake at the foot of Glyder Fawr and Y Garn. After pitching camp, we swam in the cold lake for about half an hour. The sun had gone behind Y Garn so it was really cool. The following morning we climbed Y Garn. I swam in the small tarn by the col, then we descended for a welcome swim in the now only slightly warmer Llyn Idwal. This time we swam anti-clockwise around the whole lake.
Aug 2ndAbout halfway down Lake Bala (Llyn Tegid) on the eastern shore there is a small lay-by and a level crossing across the narrow-gauge railway. We swam across Lake Bala and back again from here. Each leg took 20 minutes, and on the way back we swam through a heavy rain storm, with thunder in the distance!
Aug 8thRiver Thames at Eaton. We swam upstream for about 700m, which took 35 minutes! The return, with the flow, took 12. Lovely sunny Sunday morning.
Aug 15thBuscot Weir Pool. Sunday morning with the SwimTrek River Thames group.
Aug 8thRiver Tay, Broughty Ferry Harbour, with Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association. Tuesday evening after a sweaty day at work in Dundee. Twelve degrees...Brrr!!
Sept 25th - Oct 1stSwimTrek Croatia - one week swimming among the islands off Sibenik with a great crowd.


April 19thSwam from Russell to Paihia, Northland, New Zealand (about 3.5km).
August 14thSwam across Wastwater and back (about 1.2km) on a beautiful summer Sunday morning.
July & AugustSnorkelling in Malaysia, off the Perhentian Islands. Lovely clear water. Swam with a giant turtle.


May 6thOpen water swimming at Queenford Lake, Berinsfield (1.2km).