Do I have to be fit?
Not particularly, but you must have no serious underlying health issues which will make it dangerous for you to participate in these sessions. You also have to be able to swim 2 lengths of a 25m pool unaided.
How do I get there?
By car: There are 3 car parks, one at Ruda (the nearest), the National Trust ( 2 min walk) and Down End Car Park – Other end of the beach 10 min walk. There is also the Bus no.21a from Barnstaple with the stop being 2 mins away from Croyde Beach.
What do I bring?
Warm clothes, goggles (not essential) a swimsuit and a bag for your clothes – don’t bring valuables.
Do I need shoes?
No the beach is sandy.
How Long are the sessions?
Each session will take about 1 hour, with about 30 minutes in the sea.
Could the sessions be cancelled?
Yes if it is expected to be a red flag day, 24 hours notice will be given.
How many people are there?
Due to Covid 19 there will be no more than 5 participants in each session.
What will Chill supply?
A swim hat and a DryRobe for you to borrow for each session and of course the instructor and lifeguard cover.
Where do I change?
On the beach while wearing a DryRobe: It’s a magnificent piece of kit which protects your modesty and keeps you warm!
Are there toilets?
Normally yes by the entrance to Croyde Beach, however with Covid 19 restrictions in place they may be closed.
How does Covid 19 affect the sessions?
All participants must socially distance, and must pop the DryRobe and swim hat that they are using back in the plastic bag provided.
What happens to my belongings during the session?
Put all your belongings (no valuables) in your bag, and you will place them near the RNLI Lifeguard Hut. Chill takes no responsibility for your belongings.
How much do the sessions cost?
They are free, as Active Devon are funding the course.
Why do I have to fill in a form?
We need to provide information to Active Devon, for the funding, we need to make sure you are healthy enough to participate in the course and also we will be using the information as data to find out how effective Cold Water Immersion is, in the treatment for depression. Although there is anecdotal evidence for Cold Water Treatment being successful in the treatment for Anxiety and Depression, there has never been a medical trial until now. All information will remain anonymous.
How safe is it?
You will be under the tutelage of a Surf Life Saving Coach Level 1 who is also a Beach lifeguard. Added to this, the beach is being manned by RNLI lifeguards, and we will be swimming in the designated safe area of the beach. The course is covered by public liability Insurance.
Once I have completed the course, can I apply to go on the course again?
Why am I not wearing a wetsuit?
Due to Covid19 we are unable at present to supply wetsuits, also the benefit of not wearing a wetsuit in the water is greater than wearing a wetsuit. You can if you wish use your own wetsuit, but we would ask you to take it off at the end of the session for a quick dip!
Will I suffer from cold water shock?
No, while it certainly could be a bit nippy, (14-16c) we will make sure that you enter the water gradually. By the end of the course, your body will have built up a resilience to cold water and you will be able to spend more time in the sea.
Will I feel less anxious/depressed?
While we cannot be assured that the treatment will work, from an anecdotal standpoint it seems to work, added to this the feel good factor of being outside with nature doing exercise and with other likeminded people will certainly make your feel better.
Will I be able to continue after the course?
Yes, we will be able to put you in touch with groups and also you can swim by yourself or with a friend, so long as you remain safe and swim in the designated swim area, while RNLI Life guards are on duty.
Should I stop taking medication?
No unless told to by your doctor.