Joanna Shimwell embraces the outdoors and all that it throws at her. Whether it is herding sheep on her family farm, or standing on a frosty pontoon in Switzerland with snowy peaks in the background. She has been wild swimming for years and uses it to unhook from modern life.
Tell me how you first started outdoor swimming
I started outdoor swimming during the winter 3 years ago. Before that I had a love of the water and didn’t mind the cold temperatures but I would only swim on mild, sunny days. As soon as I began swimming in the winter it opened up a whole new world for me. I found the adrenaline rush and endorphins to be incredible. Winter tends to be a much quieter time in and around lakes, seas and rivers so it means you can often have the luxury of tranquil moments swimming without anyone else around. I love that. Swimming is a big escape for me.
What was it that appealed to you?
I love outdoor activities and to challenge myself so the daunting task of getting into cold water really appealed to me. Would I be able to handle it? Would I be brave enough? Once you start and gain a little confidence it’s incredible. Every time you swim it’s a little personal victory to celebrate. The challenge of getting in the water keeps me coming back for more.