As an Island community we have long championed the benefits of sea swimming. It's what we do but, until recently, there were only a hardy few who took to our waters all year round.
In a year when our mental health has never been more important, more of us began taking the plunge 12 months a year.
There is a growing weight of evidence to suggest that cold water swimming can help not only our physical health but also improve our mental wellbeing. Immersing yourself in cold water boosts dopamine levels and increases the release of endorphines. It gives you the feel-good factor. And there's no better place to give it a go then the clear waters of the Islands of Guernsey.
While many of us chose to swim alone, groups of all-weather swimming, of all shapes and sizes, ages and abilities, have been gaining momentum. When you combine that sense of camaraderie, together with the exercise and the views, it's easy to see why swimming outdoors has such a profound effect on our sense of wellbeing.
Some swimmers like a real challenge, which our bays and saltwater pools at La Vallette are ideal for, but most like a dip, then a cuppa from their Thermos and a chinwag, or a Sunday roast at a cosy seafront restaurants.
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