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Warm Weather, Warm Sea? When Can You Start Swimming Again?

Warm Weather, Warm Sea? When Can You Start Swimming Again?
4 March 2015 2695 Views No comments

If you and your family have been missing your local beach and having a swim in the sea, you might be considering having a dip now that spring has arrived. With the weather warming up, it must mean that the sea will soon be ready for you all to take a dip without freezing, right?

While some people may be willing to brave the cold and have a swim in the sea, you may want to hold off just a little bit longer, especially if you have young children.

Although the weather is taking a turn for the better, the days are still not incredibly warm. This means the chances are that you're still all bundling up before you leave the house. It is worth bearing in mind, then, that the sea tends to warm up a lot more slowly than the air or the land.

Ultimately, this means that the optimal time for swimming in the sea is actually a month or so into summer, as the water will have had a chance to increase in temperature. Although it is now officially spring, the sea is still likely at winter temperatures, meaning that you could find it a bit uncomfortable.

In fact, the sea tends to be at its coldest temperature of the year towards the end of February, which was not all that long ago. As the weather has not improved drastically since then and not enough time has passed to allow the waters to warm up, you'll probably find that things are still on the chilly side.

The sea will start to warm up a bit from the end of June – if there's been reasonably good weather – to the start of July, with temperatures often being incredibly comfortable in August. It can remain reasonably warm throughout September, starting to turn cold and rough going into October.

You might think that this is a long way off, but as we've already found this year, months soon slide away from us. This means that you're sure to be in the water in no time at all. In the meantime, you can always head to your local indoor pool with your little ones for a warmer and more comfortable swimming session.

However, if you're determined to have a spring swim, or at least try getting into the sea, it is important that you take proper precautions and maybe wait a few more weeks!

To start with, you need to check whether there are lifeguards on the beach during the spring months. Some areas only have regular lifeguard patrols during the summer months, so you want to be sure there is someone in the area before taking a dip so as to ensure everyone's safety.

You also want to avoid swimming if there are strong tides or the sea is rough, even if there is a lifeguard on duty. Check local information to see what you can expect, as often the sea behaves very differently in spring compared to summer.

Finally, you want to make sure that you have extra insulation. While you may be able to put up with the cold, adding some extra layers will help you to stay in the water for longer without getting uncomfortable, which can get you into trouble.

Shortie Wetsuits can help to keep your children warm, while Adult Micro Neoprene T-Shirts could help you to be more comfortable in the water. You also want to ensure that you have clean, dry towels at the ready, as well as warm clothes. This will help you to warm up once you get out of the water.