• Katie

Open Water Sea Swim

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

Ever since moving to Orkney, we had been planning to go sea swimming as we have such lovely beaches and clear water it seems silly not too. That's one small benefit of lockdown / the bed and breakfast being quiet has meant we have got to do and see some of the things we didn't have time to do last year due to being busy hosting guests.

We headed out East towards Deerness, our final destination being Halle beach. I didn't realise I had been there before for a short dog walk. It's a beautiful quiet bay with clear waters and a beautiful white sandy seabed. It could easily be mistaken for a tropical beach if it was a bit warmer!

I had a couple of friends join me, including Teresa a fellow b&b owner and it was her first outdoor swim in Orkney too.

So I suited up in my swimsuit and my wet suit, I wasn't taking any chances!

The tide was in so the water was right there, so out we went. It wasn't as cold as I thought but it was a bit tricky swimming in a wetsuit as they make you float! After one minor panic due to not being used to the movement of the sea, I found my sea legs and enjoyed bobbing up and down in the water. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, it was quite relaxing.

To make our dip even more interesting we also got dive bombed by a couple of eager seagulls who maybe didn't like us being in their waters. After a couple of low fly bys they thankfully left us alone.

We stayed in for about 25 minutes before retreating to some dry clothes and warm drinks.

So if you're planning a holiday to Orkney remember to pack your trunks or bikini!

This definitely won't be my last swim, maybe next time I will try without the wetsuit.

Until next time,


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