Get your Vitamin Sea boost – all year round!
Did you know that sea swimming is highly beneficial to both body and mind?
Mineral rich sea water can help your immune system and boosts the respiratory system.
Being in, on or under the water calms the mind, helps with anxiety and depression and releases endorphins that have significant therapeutic benefits. It is also great fun!
There are some very special places to swim in Cornwall. It is possible to swim all year round if you know the right spots. Here’s our round up of the best beaches, and some very magical pools to take the plunge!
Seek out the best beaches
Whether you jump in off the harbour wall or sprint in from the sands, there is nothing like a refreshing sea swim. In and around St Ives we recommend Porthminster (5 minutes walk down the coast path from Chy an Carrack and the base for the St Ives Boxing Day Swim!), St Ives Harbour and Carbis Bay as the most sheltered beaches, and Porthmeor for waves and surfing fun.
Picture perfect swim spots with golden sands and stunning scenery that are making a big splash on Instagram these days include Porthcurno Beach (west of Penzance) and Kynance Cove (on the Lizard).
Whatever the time of year, most of us will prefer a wetsuit if going all in. More hardy types need nothing more than their swimsuit (or maybe birthday suit) and a sense of adventure.
Just make sure you heed the safety flags and sea condition warnings. Swim where the lifeguards can keep an eye on you!
Take a dip in a secret tidal pool
There are magical tidal rock pools tucked away in secret spots around the dramatic coastline of West Cornwall. Pools such as Boat Cove at Pendeen in the far West, and Pullandase at Porth Ledden are really worth a visit.
Many were created by miners for their children to swim safely. When warmed by the sun they are great for a quick dip, besides being a safe space when the waves are crashing. Learn more about these special pools in this fantastic article by Greg Martin.
Swim in style!
For a more stylish sea water swimming experience, you can‘t beat the Art Deco Jubilee Pool on Penzance Promenade. A sheltered sun trap, recent investment has upgraded the pool and facilties. From Spring 2020 geothermal technology will help heat a hot spa pool to a balmy 35 degrees.
Cornwall, being a mining county, is also dotted with freshwater quarry pools and lakes. Kernow Adventure at Kessel Quarry, Penryn is one of the best with open water swimming, wakeboarding and inflatable obstacle courses to challenge all the family.
Wherever you take the plunge you are certainly going to feel the benefit!