Where do courses take place?
We currently have courses taking place in North Devon, East Kent, Brighton, Bournemouth, Worcestershire, Cornwall and London. We continue to work to increase the locations available across the whole of the UK so watch this space!
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 for all sessions and for some of our beach locations you will need to be able to walk approx. 1 mile unaided due to the distance to the water at low tide.
What do I bring?
Warm clothes, a waterproof jacket & towelling robe or a waterproof changing robe, goggles (not essential), a swimsuit and a bag or bucket for your clothes – don’t bring valuables.
In the colder months we may also require you to bring a warm drink, woolly hat and even a hot water bottle to help you warm up after the session.
Your session leader will send you details specific to your session and location.
Do I need shoes?
Yes, something suitable for outdoor wear as you will be walking on and off the beach or lakeside.
How long are the sessions?
Each session will take about 1 hour, with between approx. 10 to 35 minutes in the water depending on the temperature, conditions and how acclimatised the group has become.
Could the sessions be cancelled?
Yes, your safety is our primary concern and if conditions are due to be unsafe then the session will be cancelled. We will endeavour to give as much notice as possible of any cancellation.
How many people are there in each group?
Approximately 8 people
Where do I change?
Use your changing robe or come ready wearing your changing robe.
Are there toilets?
Please check each location.
What happens to my belongings during the session?
Put all your belongings (no valuables) in your bag or bucket, this will be left near to the water during your session. Chill takes no responsibility for your belongings.
How much do the sessions cost?
Many of our courses are free of charge as they are funded for people with mental health issues. You may be referred by your GP or we also take self-referrals. Some courses may require a contribution from participants. Speak to your local hub to find out the details of courses they have available.
Why do I have to fill in a form?
Primarily the details on the form provide us with the information we need to ensure your safety in the water. We also need to provide information to our funders in some cases, and also we will be using the information as data to find out how effective Cold Water Immersion is in the treatment of depression. Although there is anecdotal evidence for Cold Water Treatment being successful in the treatment of Anxiety and Depression, there has never been a medical trial. All information will only be passed to other agencies with your permission.
How safe is it?
All outdoor activities come with an element of risk. However our courses are specifically designed to be very safe. Each course will have a trained coach and a qualified lifeguard. The course is covered by public liability insurance.
Once I have completed the course, can I apply to go on the course again?
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 water.
Will I feel less anxious/depressed?
While we cannot give guarantees that cold water therapy will work, from an anecdotal standpoint it seems to, added to this the feel good factor of being outside in nature and doing exercise with other likeminded people it should certainly make you feel better.
Will I be able to continue after the course?
Yes, you will have been taught many of the skills necessary to swim safely and will be put in touch with others from the course and also other swim groups.
Should I stop taking my medication?
No, not unless you are told to by your doctor.