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Let it go, let it go…

Yes, its been a bit nippy this week, most certainly frozen and no matter how much you sing the song it’s not going to change for a while yet. Karen and I mind it less (I say that with more than an element of irony) at least when the sun is shining and the skies […]

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Support systems

Karen and I started swimming daily together in May 2020 and here we are still going. When we started the website exactly a year ago I didn’t imagine we’d still be here tapping away a year later to be honest. But here we are… and we are still asking one another why we’re doing it. […]

Happy New Swimming Year!

Well what a year 2021 has been! But we’re now all tumbling into a whole new year and lots of swimming opportunities lie ahead. Karen and I joined up with fellow swimmers the ‘Laughing Ladies on Christmas morning and raised a glass: And then returned on Boxing Day to swim and ‘Fiona’ (always the best […]

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A simple message…

Merry Christmas to you all from Karen and Fran, aka The Orange Hat Ladies. It’s been another crazy year and all too often, as for so many, sea swimming has been our saving grace. Karen and I will be raising a glass with our families over the festive period to all fellow swimmers who brave […]

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Watch out for the bump

It’s surprisingly warm weather at the moment (although I’m sure this happened last year too) but the days are drearily short. Thankfully Tuesday sees the big ‘Bump’ day when we screech to a ‘halt’ going away from the sun and start going towards it… well if you live in the Northern Hemisphere anyway! Yes, as […]

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Stormy Weather

Another Winter and another string of storms. What with the persistent sewage problem, the dark nights and now a run of storms it can be a challenge to find a safe and friendly swimming opportunity, but we try! Thankfully Storm Barra began with the winds from the South / South West which meant we were […]

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December’s Internet Splashes & more!

It’s December already and Christmas is rushing up! Last week we were really proud to take part in the protest against sewage dumping around our shores here on the Isle of Wight. Despite Storm Arwen making its presence known, we managed a group dip too as the beach at Yaverland on the South coast of […]

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A moment of thought…

This week’s blog is going to be short and simple. As you read this with a cuppa on a Saturday morning we will hopefully be making our voices heard, along with an array of other swimmers and beach users at this: Thankfully there has been much discussion across the media following the 2021 Water Quality […]


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