Meath Local Sports Partnership (LSP) hosted a number of workshops titled “Introduction to Open Water Swimming” on the beaches in Laytown & Bettystown recently. Despite the temperature of the water dropping over the last while, 40 participants from Meath & Louth took part in the four workshops. The workshops were delivered as part of Meath LSP`s overall programme investment into the areas of East Meath and our commitment to provide opportunities for everyone to be more physically active.
The Open Water Swimming workshops were delivered by Christine O Brien, Level 2 Open Water safety instructor and covered the following topics:
- Safety when swimming in open water
- How to stay warm before, during & after your swim
- Understanding your body`s response to cold water
- Correct breathing & swimming techniques
Currently there is upward of 140 swimmers (with varying levels of swimming experience) in the Laytown, Bettystown & Mornington areas who meet in small groups daily for social swims. If you are interested in joining any of those groups, come along and just join in the fun. Meath LSP presented an illuminous Tow Float to each participant on the safety workshops – all will be instantly recognisable now with their floats.
Pictured is Meath Local Sports Partnership chairperson & avid Open Water swimmer Sharon Tolan, presenting each of the four groups with their Tow Floats. Speaking at the presentation of the Tow Floats and Safety workshops, Sharon commented that “it is great to see such huge numbers out Swimming in the sea in East Meath every day, the workshops have been hugely beneficial as they have provided swimmers with additional knowledge not only around the importance of safety when sea swimming but also around improving technique and overall swimming skills. The Tow Floats are a great addition and will aid all swimmers in being safe and visible while out swimming”.