River Swimming

It’s that time of year where the rivers are low and the weather warm. Well it has been up here anyway. We stole an after work and school session with the boys, where I dragged Nick away from his desk for an hour and we took the boys down to the River Feshie for some swimming and jumping in.

River Swimming

It was simply a stunning evening as we changed into our wetsuits. It might be warm out of the water, but in it is still fairly chilly in the water and I like to make the most of our time without boys complaining about the cold.

We planned to do a bit of swimming in the rapid above the bridge as well, so popped their lifejackets and kayaking helmets on too.

A quick walk down to the rivers edge revealed some others had the same idea as us, but it is such a lovely big space we were all able to swim and jump without getting in each-others way.

We started downstream on some smaller jumps. The boys very quickly got confident on them and built up to the biggest one we did which must have been about 2 – 2.5m tall. It felt like a long way down anyway!

Once we tired of jumping and swimming we took the boys upstream a bit and practiced our ‘defensive swimming’ down a rapid. For non-kayakers, this is where you have your feet first so if you bump into anything then your legs and feet take the impact, not your arms and face. Hopefully not practice that we will have to use, but useful and good to get the boys used to playing in the moving water.

Most of all this evening it was fun, fun, fun until Nick had to head back to work for a while and I took some excited but tired boys back home in the car


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Nancy Chambers

Nancy Chambers

About Me & Mine

We are an adventurous family, with two young boys aged 7 and 5. Their favourite sports depends on the weather, but usually involves bikes and water. Mum and dad are passionate about spending quality time in the outdoors as a family and believe that it a hugely important part of all of our lives.

Favourite place in the world:

That depends on who you ask in the family I think we would all agree that our favourite place is somewhere warm where we are all having an adventure together.

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Exploring, mountain biking, BMXing, kayaking, canoeing, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, hillwalking, rolly pollying down hills and puddle jumping. You name it we will have a go :)

Comments (4)

  • Harriet - LT

    Harriet - LT

    01 June 2018 at 11:22 | #

    Looks like quite the adventure, with some impressive action shots!


  • Jennie Abell

    Jennie Abell

    05 June 2018 at 20:09 | #

    Lovely Nancy. I have been craving river swimming all last week and on my day off I popped down to the Roy which is hardly running and found a new pool just minuets from the door this is often not swimmable and we took the boys there over the weekend. Still a bit chilly for them with no wetsuit!


  • Nancy Chambers

    Nancy Chambers

    07 June 2018 at 09:36 | #

    Waterproof cameras rock :) The river levels round here are still dropping further here Jennie as well. We definitely are wetsuit fans, we got some great 3-4mm ones which are just a bit thicker and let the boys swim most of the day if they want to which makes life much easier to manage. Full kudos for no wetsuit swimming :)


  • Deborah Patterson

    Deborah Patterson

    13 June 2018 at 11:22 | #

    What a fab after-school outing. Certainly beats trekking from school to clubs and home again!


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