A picturesque circular for the whole family
How did you find people to go with?
‘I was on a few local Facebook groups so I put out a post saying that I’d like to go swimming and wondered if anyone might like to join, as I thought it was safer than going alone and would have appreciated the adult company at that point in my life. I thought that at least one person may answer but within an hour I was inundated with over 100 messages from women who also wanted to do it. As I was going through them I realised that many of them wouldn’t work out as they were either based outside of Newquay or could only do times that were different from me so I decided to just schedule a date and see who turned up.
The date was set for a freezing cold day in January. The weather was utterly miserable and I thought no one was going to turn up but when I walked down to the beach I couldn’t believe that 26 women were stood there on the beach, waiting to go in. These days, this is a common sight at beaches across Cornwall even in the wildest weather but when I started three years ago, it was a rare scene.
After that first day, we started meeting regularly. I wanted it to be as inclusive as possible so I organised different meets at different times of the day, on different beaches. We organised swims in the harbour, by mermaid pools and rockpools for those who didn’t like the waves, and we had open water swims for those who felt more confident. It was important to me that there was an access point for everyone who wanted to give it a go. We quickly became the largest cold water swimming community in the UK.’