The bank holiday on Monday 29 August meant there was no pool training so a posse of Penguin masters swimmers headed to Divers Cove in Surrey for an open water swim instead.
This was new venue for all of us, and it’s an impressive set-up with two courses – 650m and 450m – changing rooms, toilets, hot tubs and saunas. It’s also a glorious setting for a swim in the early evening sun.
The Divers Cove website gave the water temperature as 24.6C, the board at reception said 21.6C but in reality it was cooler still. We were mostly without wetsuits and while penguins (the birds) are hardy creatures, Sarah’s lips were turning blue by the time she’d swum two laps!
Everyone else tolerated the chilly water more comfortably and, with laps completed, took advantage of the raised observation deck for some good old-fashioned jumping in. Never too old to make a splash!
Find out more about swimming at Divers Cove.