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Open water swimming has both physical and mental health benefits for us all.

Many people describe the feeling of intense satisfaction after plunging into cold water. It leaves the body tingling all over and helps clear the mind of worries and anxieties. Year-round swimmers are adamant that the sea has the potential to alleviate the effects of a number of physical ailments including arthritis, chronic pain and lots more.

But before you dive in, here’s the know how you need to stay safe. Water Safety Ireland have released a safety guide on open water swimming that can be beneficial to swimmers of all abilities.

Click here to read the safety guide now