Splash Sunday – A Winter Swim to Remember

As the calendar edges deeper into Northern Irish winter, we would expect the chilly embrace of snowflakes or at least the gentle patter of raindrops. Yet, this Sunday was an exception.  With temperatures barely nudging over 6 degrees Celsius, the water was a brisk reminder that winter was indeed upon us.

In this unique setting, Splash, located near Moneymore, became the heart of an extraordinary event. It was here that Swim Ulster launched its first Winter Swim. The event drew a vibrant community of swimmers, dippers, dunkers, and triathletes, each bringing their own spirit and enthusiasm to the chilly waters.

The event offered something for everyone. Participants had the option to challenge themselves with a 250m swim or to simply enjoy a leisurely dip in the cool waters. The diversity in participation highlighted the inclusive nature of the event, ensuring that all levels of swimmers felt welcomed and valued.

But the true magic of the day unfolded beyond the water’s edge. The star attraction of the event was undoubtedly the hot saunas. These provided a blissful sanctuary where participants could warm up and unwind after their invigorating swims. The warmth of the sauna was complemented perfectly by the warmth of the community, as everyone gathered around picnic tables, sharing stories over coffee, cakes, and laughter. It was a scene of pure contentment and camaraderie.

The success of the day could not have been possible without the tireless efforts of the Swim Ulster volunteers and the dedicated staff at Splash. Their commitment to creating a safe, enjoyable, and welcoming environment was evident in every detail, from the organization of the swim to the thoughtful arrangements for post-swim relaxation and socialization.

Learn more about our Open Water Swimming Program.

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