Off Season Swimming returns to Guildford Lido this winter, until Sunday 8 April
Sessions will run at the following times:
Saturdays 9.30am - 11.00am and 1.30pm - 3.00pm
Sundays 9.30am - 11.00am and 1.30pm - 3.00pm
Price: £6 per session, or 10 sessions for £50
For unlimited swimming at Guildford Lido and Guildford Spectrum ALL YEAR, you may wish to consider a Swim Direct membership for just £32 per month.
In the colder months, wet suits are advised but not enforced and hot beverages will be available on site. If you wish to swim without a wet suit, this is your choice but a disclaimer must be signed at Guildford Lido reception.
For all the information you need about Off Season Swimming, including regular temperature updates, please visit our Facebook page, 'Guildford Lido Off Season Swimming'
Advice for Cold Water Swimming
First a note of caution; if you have a heart condition or asthma, see your doctor before taking up swimming outdoors
The main safety risk you face as a cold water swimmer is getting too cold.
You get in, and after a few minutes of feeling uncomfortable the water feels pleasant. Your body continues to lose heat, blood shunts to the core to keep organs warm, muscles slow, arms and legs become weak, and swimming becomes increasingly difficult. I.e. you are "in difficulties" and are in imminent danger of drowning. Wearing a wetsuit, silicon hat, maybe even booties and gloves depending on the temperature of the pool will help you deal with the cold.
In a wetsuit you may find you can swim comfortably for a while. For hardened swimmers you may wish to swim without a wet suit, this is your choice but a disclaimer must be signed.
The secret to acclimatising is just to swim in it, often - at least once a week, and preferably two or three, gradually extending the time that you stay in the water. It is easier to start swimming in summer and above and then keep on swimming as the temperature drops if you want to extend into autumn and winter.
Don’t go in if you are feeling very cold before you start.