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Paignton

Happy Wednesday Swimmers

Paignton Pier FUN Swim

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Happy Wednesday Swimmers
Happy Wednesday Swimmers

Time & Location

22 Nov 2023, 06:15 – 6:50

Paignton, S Sands, Paignton TQ4 6BW, UK

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About the event

Join us anytime from 6 am onwards. we meet, hug, chat laugh then all get into the sea for 6.15 a.m. As it gets darker In the mornings throughout the Autumn /Winter, we suggest a head torch for the darker mornings, or light in your float when it is really dark!- if the conditions are right we swim around the pier, if that's not your thing you can bob about nearer to shore, There is always someone who will stay with you. You are never alone. A super friendly and kind group of folk awaits you and everyone is welcome- The only stipulation- is a tow float - it's okay we have some spare if you need to borrow one. See you by the pier! shout if you have any questions at all.

PLEASE READ TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By engaging in sea swimming, you acknowledge and agree to the terms and conditions outlined below:

NOTE  - TOW FLOATS ARE COMPULSORY when swimming with THE HAPPY HUB

  1. Assumption of Risk: Sea swimming involves inherent risks, including but not limited to strong currents, unpredictable weather conditions, marine life encounters, and varying water depths. Participants must understand and accept these risks before entering the water.
  2. Health and Fitness: It is recommended that all participants undergo a medical evaluation to ensure they are physically and mentally capable of engaging in sea swimming activities. Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions should consult their healthcare provider before participating.
  3. Weather and Water Conditions: Sea and weather conditions will be read out at the beginning of each session, however, they can change rapidly and unexpectedly. Participants MUST be ready to change the plan of action at all times when the leader says to do so. we always prioritise safety.
  4. Supervision: Children and inexperienced swimmers should be closely supervised by responsible adults at all times. Never swim alone.
  5. Swimming Ability: Participants should have adequate swimming skills and confidence in open water environments. If unsure about your swimming abilities, consider taking swimming lessons or swimming in designated, lifeguard-patrolled areas.
  6. Emergency Preparedness: Be aware of the location of emergency exits, safety equipment, and first aid supplies. In the event of an emergency, follow any instructions provided by the group leaders
  7. Liability: The organisers THE HAPPY HUB and any associated parties are not liable for any injuries, accidents, damages, or losses that may occur during or as a result of sea swimming activities.
  8. Code of Conduct: Participants are expected to follow a respectful and responsible code of conduct, including respecting marine life and the environment, refraining from littering, and adhering to any local regulations.
  9. Legal Requirements: Participants must comply with all relevant laws and regulations related to sea swimming in the area.

By engaging in sea swimming, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agreed to this disclaimer. You accept full responsibility for your actions and any associated risks. If you do not agree with any part of this disclaimer, it is advised that you do not participate in sea swimming activities.

PLEASE MAKE YOURSELF FAMILIAR WITH THE COLD WATER RISKS BELOW:

Cold water swimming can pose several risks to individuals, even experienced swimmers. It's essential to be aware of these risks and take appropriate precautions when swimming in cold water. Here are some of the cold water risks to consider:

  1. Hypothermia: Cold water can rapidly lower body temperature and lead to hypothermia, a condition where the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. Symptoms include shivering, confusion, fatigue, and impaired coordination. In severe cases, hypothermia can be life-threatening.
  2. Cold Shock Response: When entering cold water suddenly, the body may experience a cold shock response, causing gasping and rapid breathing. This can lead to panic, water inhalation, and even heart problems in susceptible individuals.
  3. Numbness and Reduced Dexterity: Cold water can cause numbness in extremities, making it difficult to use your hands and feet properly. This can lead to reduced coordination and increase the risk of accidents.
  4. Cardiovascular Stress: Cold water can put stress on the cardiovascular system, increasing the risk of heart issues in individuals with pre-existing conditions.
  5. Muscle Cramps: Cold water can lead to muscle cramps due to reduced blood flow to muscles. This can be dangerous, especially if swimming in open water far from shore.
  6. Loss of Awareness: Cold water can impair judgment and decision-making abilities, potentially leading to poor choices and increased risk of accidents.
  7. Fatigue and Exhaustion: Cold water swimming can be more physically demanding, leading to faster fatigue and exhaustion. This can be particularly risky if you are far from safety.
  8. Drowning Risk: The combination of cold shock, impaired coordination, and reduced muscle function can increase the risk of drowning, even for experienced swimmers.
  9. Delayed Rescue Response: Cold water can make it challenging for rescuers to reach you quickly, potentially leading to delays in emergency assistance.
  10. Afterdrop: After exiting cold water, your core temperature can continue to drop due to cold blood from the extremities circulating back to the core. This phenomenon is known as afterdrop and can lead to further hypothermia.

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