We sat down with Charlotte Lodey, Life Coach and Blue Health practitioner to discuss the cold water craze, how it continues to grow and what you can do to get involved.
What motivated you to start cold water swimming, and how has it impacted your life?
I grew up watching my Grandad and his friends swim off Battery Rock in Penzance, where a seal would join them every day, rain or shine! Over 30 years ago this tradition was very much ingrained in our Cornish community and it feels really good to continue my Grandad's legacy.
I started cold water swimming more seriously about five years ago when I ran SUP wellness retreats and saw the positive effects water had on participants' mental health. I realised that this deep biological connection with water was so powerful I wanted to try everything to feel the benefits. I started swimming in Newquay harbour with a small group of friends and over time it grew and grew, we helped so many people battle loneliness and isolation as a result of covid through our little swim get togethers. That’s what I love the most about cold water dipping, its ability to bring people together, no judgment just fun, laughs, energy and good times. I’ve met so many incredible people, watched it grow in popularity and I qualified as one of the few UK accredited Blue health coaches, inspiring others to feel the benefits too.