By: Blonde Two
How many times have you planned a bit of outdoor fun then looked out of the window only to think, ‘Not today, it’s raining’? In 2018 the UK had about 147 rain days (that’s 40% of all days), which means that a fair proportion of our get outside time was wet. Well today I am here to tell you that swimming in the rain is a great idea. Here are a Tuesday’s Ten worth of reasons why…
- You are going to get wet outside anyway so you might as well get all the way in.
- You don’t need a waterproof coat and trousers for rain swimming.
- Floating on your back as raindrops plop onto your face is one of life’s most brilliant experiences.
- If it is raining, you are likely to have the beach, river, muddy puddle all to yourself.
- You won’t notice the rain anywhere near as much after your swim as you do before.
- Cold raindrops on your bare back can make your chosen swimming water feel comparatively warm.
- By swimming in the rain you give other people something interesting to point at.
- Raindrops taste nicer than either river water or the sea.
- If you go for enough rain swims, sooner or later you will experience your very own rainbow swim.
- The conversations that go something like this, ‘I’ve just been for a swim.’… ‘In the rain?’… ‘Yes’… ‘You must be mad!’… are very satisfying ones.
So there you go. If you haven’t tried outdoor swimming in the rain, you really should give it a go at least once. One thing I would warn you about though is rivers; rivers can rise very quickly following or during rain and, unless you understand the hazards and how water flow works, they can be dangerous places. It’s okay though; there is always the sea, or that muddy puddle!