Hi i'm LIV

I founded Chilly Dippers to help others experience the mental and physical health benefits of cold-water swimming.

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What does cold water swimming do?

Chilly Dippers was set up whilst I was at University in Edinburgh to encourage students to change up their routines and incorporate more of the outdoors. Cold-water swimming has been praised for relieving relative stresses and anxieties through the icy-shock, which provides a release of Endorphins (the happiness hormone) and an increase in Adrenaline. It's a space where your body hits the 'Fight or Flight' mode, sidelining all other problems to help you focus on how you will simply stay afloat. The sense of achievement I have from wild-swimming is something I wanted to share with friends who I had noticed were not dealing with the stresses of everyday life particularly well. The Chilly Dippers meet-ups in both Edinburgh & London are set out to create a space in which people feel comfortable trying something new and plunging themselves into the freezing cold.

Physically

- The icy shock forces your red blood cells to surface, helping to warm extremities and adapt us to the cold.

- It boosts your immune system by increasing your white blood cell count as your body is forced to react to changing conditions.

- It gives you a natural high - in its release of Endorphins & Adrenaline.

Mentally

- It is a great way to reduce stress. Your body is thrown into 'Fight or Flight' mode, where all other anxieties are suppressed to the thought 'How will I manage this cold situation'? The cold captivates you fully and in this sense, offers perspective on other problems.
- It is a great opportunity to regulate your breathing to help you cope in a situation of stress.

Energy

- It offers a chance to push yourself in a totally different environment. Once you leave the water, (with a warm towel and cup of tea), you will look back at what you have just done with a great sense of achievement.
- Admittedly, it is not the most favourable thing to throw oneself into a body of cold water - but it will leave you feeling on Cloud Nine once you've accomplished it.

Have a listen!

Have a listen to Chilly Dippers talking about the benefits of cold water swimming on these podcasts.

  • 01
    The discussion covered topics like loneliness at university, influencers and the pitfalls of social media, and the millennial burnout theory. With prescriptions for antidepressants on the rise worldwide, and a troubling lack of support for young people, Liv’s hashtag and dictum, ‘freezing the body to free the mind’, seems an important one, now more than ever.
  • 02
    This one features the lovely Liv Sharron who has started a cold water swimming movement called Chilly Dippers. We discuss the ins and outs of stripping off, bracing the cold, and the miracles it can do for your Mental Health!

Discover Swims

Join us in our search across the UK for the best swimming spots.

  • 01
    Threipmuir Reservoir (Edinburgh)
  • 02
    The Hampstead Ponds (London)
  • 03
    Gladhouse Reservoir (Edinburgh)
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