On a warm day, there is nothing better than jumping into a cool lake. Take that lake into a jungle, cave, or even a shipping canal and things get more interesting! There are countless reasons why people enjoy wild swimming, so whether you’re an avid swimmer looking for your next dip, or a novice searching for that first pool to start a new passion, we have the answer.
Dudu Blue Lagoon, Dominican Republic
located in Cabrera, the Northern Dominican Republic, the Dudu Blue Lagoon is a freshwater pool that shimmers a sparkling shade of blue. Adventurous visitors can jump straight into the water from a rope swing. The site is also popular with divers.
Lac de St. Croix, France
Situated in the Provence region of Southern France, the Lac de St Croix is one of the largest artificial lakes in France. The limestone geology of the area gives the lakes an azure hue and it remains warm for swimming right through to late October.
Once a year this shipping channel closes so that about 1,000 swimmers can dive in to enjoy a swim from Asia to Europe as part of the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim – but it can get pretty fast and furious. Rex’s advice: “There’s a major current – take all the advice you can get from other swimmers about avoiding eddies around the island, and when to start heading towards the finish line to avoid being swept right past it!”
This is one of the biggest whirlpools in the world and a swim that’s high on the list of many a wild swimmer. The dash across has to be timed perfectly to avoid the whirlpool when it is active, as it is extremely dangerous. The 1km swim should only be taken on under supervision.
Seljavallalaug Pool is a hidden gem. Nestled in the Icelandic mountains, it’s the oldest in the country that is still intact. You need to trek through the spectacular Icelandic mountains to get there – which is definitely a bonus. Rew says, “The water is warm and you are likely to be seduced enough by it to stay in until you’re wrinkled.”
Scheveningen, Netherlands – Bringing in the New Year
This is one of the coldest festivals swims in the world, according to Rew, and the next one on her list to complete. The event sees participants don swimwear and rushes into the chilly North Sea in Scheveningen. Around 10,000 people give their New Year an invigorating start this way!
Swimming around 6km along a crystal clear Devon estuary is a great swim for those not keen on swimming a huge distance, suggests Rew. The flow of the water also allows swimmers to be somewhat carried, or ‘swooshed’ along by the current. The OSS organizes The Bantham Swoosh every year. “You can do it yourself every spring tide of the year and experience yourself swimming four times your normal speed.”
Gippsland Lakes, Australia
This selection of lakes also makes the bucket list. Due to bushfires and flooding, bioluminescent dinoflagellates (plankton) exist here which gives swimmers the feeling they’re swimming among twinkling lights.
Pamukkale Pools, Turkey
Located in Turkey’s Inner Aegean region, in the River Menderes valley, the Pamukkale Pools are natural pools made up of terraces of carbonate minerals. Containing hot springs, the pools have been used by people as spa and swimming pools for thousands of years.
Velka Amerika, Czech Republic
Translated as “Big America”, Velka Amerika is a partly flooded, abandoned limestone quarry in the Central Czech Republic. The place is sought after by divers and is also a popular spot for tourists on their trip to the famous Karlstejn Castle that lies just a few miles away.