Great suggestion by Mike & Jayne for a quick skins swim at Coll beach this afternoon. Was good to be back at my training ground again. It's been a while. Won't leave it so long till the next time. Duckman was saying 12.9 degrees average. Think Mike's Crab needs an MOT @ 24 degrees???
Cracking day for an intro to open water swimming lesson with Donnie at Horgabost beach. Duckman was saying 14.2 degrees on average. Click here for website details: SurfLewis & Harris - Open Water Swimming
Had time to stop off at my favourite waterfall for a dook in the pool. Great flow going with all the rainfall we've had recently. Stunning views...Duckman was saying 14 degrees..
Great day out in Pairc,South Lochs with Stuart, with a swim in Loch Gaineamhaich then a slog over the moor to Loch Shanndabhat swimming through the small channel to Loch Mhor Stiomrabhaigh. Getting out and following the river to the deserted village of Stiomrabhaigh (an oasis in the middle of moorland) for a look around before heading across to Loch Shaghachain for the final swim of the day with a walk back to the beautiful village of Orinsay. Duckman was saying anything from 13.6-14.5 degrees. Not forgetting 2 eagles, a buzzard and a large bird preying on a smaller bird (not sure if it got away) and a white throated diver. Stunning scenery! Click here for info on Stiomrabhaigh
Luskentyre was looking a bit moody this morning but great fun was had in the waves with Rob & Megan. Duckman was saying 13.8 degrees. Click here for website details: SurfLewis & Harris - Open Water Swimming
Photo's from the swim trip on the Mv Cuma to some of the islands off the Western Isles. Great times with a great bunch of like minded people. 17th-23rd August 2019. Click here for the Island Cruising website link
Fantastic afternoon for an Introduction to Open Water Swimming session at Coll beach with Lauren, Sarah, Christopher, Fleming and Gillian. The sun was out and glancing through the sea onto the sand below the surface. Love seeing kids enjoying the open water safely and we all had fun catching waves on the way back in. Duckman was saying 14.5 degrees on average. Click here for website details: SurfLewis & Harris - Open Water Swimming
A great afternoon of coastal swimming at traigh mhor (Tolsta) with Stuart & Ed. Sea was a tad too choppy for exploration of the caves and even the arch was not suitable for swimming through. You have to know when to say no. We did get through between the sea stacks for some further exploring on the other side. I was testing out the knuckleduster camera attachment that my brother Duncan made on his 3D printer. It worked really well with the lanyard. Duckman was saying 13.4 degrees on average. Good laugh in the surf coming back in to shore. So much to see and do there. Definitely be back for more coastal swim fun...
Superb evening for a coastal swim at Garrabost with Stuart & Ed, starting off from the old slipway and working our way around some of the coast between rocks and through the arch. Some place for exploring. Loads of jellyfish though. Duckman was saying 14.4 degrees on average. We'll be back again for more...Check out the video on the right hand side.
Great intro to open water swimming session with Andrea & Scott at Swordale bay this afternoon. Nice and sheltered from the Northerly wind. Plenty to see below the surface and we even saw a couple of seals too. Duckman was saying 14.2 degrees.
A morning for double dipping starting with a skins swim with Ed at the Braighe in some good waves followed by a wetsuit swim with Joseph at Holm, which was a lot calmer. Duckman was saying 15.4 degrees at the Braighe and 14.4 degrees at Holm. Some difference in the conditions....
Wild Swimming with Phil down in Tolsta. A wetsuit swim around and into the caves at Gary beach followed by a visit to my favourite beach (Giordail) for some skins swimming, the sea is just so clear there. Duckman was saying 14.8 degrees (Gary) & 15.8 degrees (Giordail). Think Phil will be back for some more :) as will I.....Click here for website details: SurfLewis & Harris - Open Water Swimming
Great way to start the day off, with a swim in the sea. Mill-pond conditions with a grey mist coming and going. Nice to meet up with Ayla for a breast stroke swim along to the river and back. Duckman was saying 15.3 degrees which is amazing for 6am. Last swim of July 2019.
Photo's (courtesy of Colin Cameron Photography & Scott Davidson) from this year's Hebridean Triathlon that I help organise on the West Side of Lewis. Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to all the helpers who made it a safe and smooth event...No thanks to the midges and rain...Was also great to see some of the people that I have coached taking part, with one of them remarking that the swim was their favourite section of the race. This year I was helping out with the time keeping. Was interesting to see the Triathlon from a spectators point of view.....
Due to the warm temps we've been having, just had to get back in the sea again for another swim, no wetsuit this time. Millpond conditions. Duckman was saying 13.8 degrees. Plenty of crabs on the go as usual and 1 lion's mane. 5k @ 1hr35mins. Great way to start the day with a swim before work.....
Great way to kick off the day with a swim at Coll beach alongside Stewart, Mhairi and Chris. Duckman was saying 13.7 degrees. Good visibility, no jellyfish but plenty of crabs. 1 lap done. Good times...We were hearing thunder from over Point way on exiting the water. Mhairi & Chris said that they had seen lightning over Tiumpan Head lighthouse as they had been getting out ahead of Stewart and myself.
Fantastic swim/walk with Stuart this morning out to the Conachro bay tidal pool in Harris. A cracking natural lagoon full of wildlife and it even has a wee beach too which seemed a good place to scoff some jaffa cakes before they melted in the sun. Duckman was saying a toasty 14.6 degrees. An absolutely stunning place, some of the photo's just don't do it justice...
Cracking coastal swim with Grant at Traigh Mhor, Tolsta this evening. Water clarity was amazing, along with swimming in caves, through an arch, stunning scenery and plenty of wildlife too. Duckman was saying 13 degrees. We'll definitely be coming back here for more fun...
A Wild Swim Adventure this evening with Michael and Canna at Traigh Sheilibhig. Beginning with a ramble over the moor to a beautifully hidden secret beach. We swam round to the cave and there was plenty of wildlife above and below the surface. The seals were out for a nosey to find out what we were up to. I love showing off this secluded location to visitors. Duckman was saying 13.5 degrees average. Click here for website details: SurfLewis & Harris - Open Water Swimming
Great intro session with Jenny at Coll beach this evening. Sea was well toasty as Duckman was saying anything from 21 degrees in the shallows to 17 degrees further out. What a day for it...Click here for website details: SurfLewis & Harris - Open Water Swimming
Cracking morning for a swim walk adventure (or maybe it was more a walk swim) over on the west side of Lewis with Donna. Had a lovely semi skins swim in the sea with Duckman saying 12.8 degrees average. Water clarity is just amazing and it's teaming with sea-life. Thanks to Donna for taking the photo's. Had a wee picnic at Dalbeg beach after. Will be back again for sure.
Good pre work skins swim down at Coll beach this morning with Grant. Sea was nice and calm as well as very clear. Plenty of crabs on the go. My Duckman and Grants Turdle were agreeing on 12 degrees. A great way to start the day.....
A few photo's from this mornings pre work swim at Coll beach. Always a great way to start the day with a fresh skins swim in the sea. Plenty of crabs on the go with their pincers at the ready when they saw me swimming over them. Duckman was saying 13 degrees in the shallows. Sea was like a millpond. Stayed in for about 30 minutes or so.
Great fun intro to open water swimming session with Tom & Thomas at Coll beach this evening. I could tell from watching them swim that they were both confident in the sea from the outset. A few pointers given to help improve their ows technique. Superb start guy's...ps, Duckman was saying 16 degrees in the shallows, colder further out....
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What a lovely day for a trip to Harris to take Carol, Pippa and Helen out for an intro to open water swimming at Horgabost beach. You all did really well! Was a fun session. Duckman was saying 14.1 degrees average. Hope to meet up again with you soon...
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