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kathryn77
post May 9 2008, 08:30 AM
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So, it's been quite warm here in Scotland the last 2 days (23C woohoo!) When this happens, my local outdoor swimming pool in Gourock, Inverclyde, becomes very popular, usually resulting in some very red Scottish people by the end of the day!

It doesn't have to be sunny though - these pools are open (usually from May to September) whatever the weather!!

So, my question is, have you ever been brave enough and what were the weather conditions?? Or....have you even had the nerve to take a dip in the North Sea??


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post May 9 2008, 10:02 AM
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Yes, but not in Europe! I went swimming in August near Whitehorse, in the Yukon and it was freeeeeeezing...it's way up north and even though it's summer, it's still cold folks.


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post Mar 5 2009, 06:51 AM
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Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, has an outdoor pool with heated seawater in it. During the folk festival, it hosts what it claims as 'The World's Only Aqua-Ceilidh', combining traditional music and dancing with swimming. It will also do a midnight swim one evening a week during the summer holiday, so you can float about in the warm water, looking at the stars.

As a diver I've braved the North Sea, mostly swaddled in several milimetres of neoprene, but as a kid I would swim in the sea all the time without ever thinking it was particularly cold. Perhaps having fun cancels out the feeling of cold!
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post Mar 12 2009, 03:53 PM
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QUOTE(starfish @ Mar 5 2009, 11:51 AM) *

Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, has an outdoor pool with heated seawater in it. During the folk festival, it hosts what it claims as 'The World's Only Aqua-Ceilidh', combining traditional music and dancing with swimming. It will also do a midnight swim one evening a week during the summer holiday, so you can float about in the warm water, looking at the stars.


Cool!! An aqua ceilidh!!! I hadn't heard of that before - how long have they been doing that? I lived in Aberdeen '95 - '99 and didn't hear about it - I love ceilidhs, so an aqua one must be brilliant!! Have you any photos??


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post May 9 2009, 02:02 PM
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There may have been hailstones here yesterday, but it's still a Scottish summer, and the Gourock outdoor pool opens it's doors again on Saturday 16th May!

Go on, you know you want to - if you're in the area that Saturday, the opening event is usually fun, with music & DJ's etc

Gourock Outdoor Pool


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post May 26 2009, 06:03 PM
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I went to St Andrews last year for a week of university experience in June I think. I went in to the sea about three times, and it was usually at night, so as you can imagine; frightfully cold. I also lost the straps of my dress so that it ended up being a skirt. xP


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post May 27 2009, 04:17 AM
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I've been in the Irish Sea many times... it was a bit regrettable!

In Australia I went swimming in this rock pool in the outback, and believe it or not it was freeeeeezing. Another woman that was in there told me that the rule of thumb was that you have to duck your head under three times before you can properly say you've been swimming somewhere... it nearly gave me brain freeze!
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