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From races to Sunday morning sessions, the Irish Sea is perfect for open water swimming

Swimming in a wild environment offers a unique challenge, as well as being a great way to keep fit, meet new people and see new places – or familiar places from a different vantage point.

There are a number of hardy swimmers from The Isle of Man Open Water Swimming Club who brave the icy waters around the island all year round. The group generally meet for a sea swimming session on Sunday mornings at Port Erin jetty (between the Raglan Pier and the Lifeboat station), from 11.30 in winter and 10.30 in summer.

Anyone wanting to join in is advised to bring a costume or trunks - or a wetsuit if preferred - and join the group in the water.

Carole Laporte: (cariolette@yahoo.com) on mobile 07624 475 888 or
Liz Corlett:  (elizacorlett@googlemail.co.uk) on mobile 07624 461 917

The Island’s main event is the annual open water ‘Manx Mile’ which takes place in the picturesque Chapel Bay, in the southerly village of Port St Mary, as part of the Queenie Festival, the Island's annual 'Celebration of the Sea'.