Nuala Shares Moore About Cold Water Swimming

Nuala Shares Moore About Cold Water Swimming

Nuala Shares Moore About Cold Water Swimming

Courtesy of Nuala Moore, Dingle, Ireland.

The first time that I saw Nuala Moore finish an Ice Kilometer in a falling snow after she had completed 40 laps in the 25m pool carved out of a frozen lake in Burghausen, Germany, I knew she was one of the world’s most well-adapted cold water swimmers,” remembered Steven Munatones. “I was wrapped from head to toe, but she was just standing there after finishing her swim in 2°C water. She wasn’t shivering, she was smiling. She wasn’t cold, she was cheerful. She didn’t bother to even jump in the hot tub, she just continued to cheer for her Irish teammates and swimmers from all over the world in the 2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships.”

Moore from Dingle, Ireland has seen the sport of cold water swimming, winter swimming and ice swimming grow significantly over the last decade. “There has been an explosion of cold water swimmers, but with that has come a large volume of incidents. Many could be avoidable as education is key with cold water swimming. We have so much experience [so] I felt the need to step up and start sharing and educating.

One of the challenges I see, is that many have now come into open water as a result of pools being closed, and have swam from March to now – and from here the water will drop to 7-8°C.

This is a dangerous zone and we have to step up

Moore has organized three upcoming webinars over the next week that will summarize her swims, plans, ideas and advice:

Intermediate Level: for swimmers who have completed more than one season, for those who are focusing on some distance more than casual, and for those interested in the education side of the sport. It will be held on November 22nd at 7:30 pm GMT

Beginner Level: an introduction into cold water swimming held on November 27th at 7:30 pm GMT

Advanced Level: upcoming

She explains, “It’s not about the swim.

The last 12 months has seen a huge global explosion of cold water swimmers – and especially in open water and ocean settings.

Cold water swimming or swimming in temperatures 10°C (50°F) and under (which is the Irish winter) carries with it many risks. From preparation to recovery, from cold shock to after drop, from swim failure to enjoyment, regardless of your swim level, regardless of whether you spend 10 minutes or 2 hours in the water. If we swim in cold water, there is a need for us all to manage our outcomes. But as swimmers, we mainly have to be seen to do the right thing.

We cannot enter the water without a plan to be safe – cold water has limits and so do we.

This series of webinars is focused not only on the impact of cold water on us as swimmers, but it is also focused on an understanding of the injuries and how we can work to be safer in our sports

Moore will cover all areas of preparation and understanding of cold water swimming from the basics to the advanced understanding of cold shock, cold water incapacitation, post rescue collapse, afterdrop and other cold water injuries – mostly how it applies to swimmers.

Moore knows what she is presenting. Over the last decade, she has swum in water temperatures as low as 0°C. Her journey to the ice began in 2012 when she was competed in Siberia, with -33°C air. In 2013 she completed 1000m in Murmansk, Russia in the ice, the first Irish swimmer there. From there, she pioneered ice swimming distances around the world and in Ireland together with Anne Marie Ward. “During that time and after we worked with amazing teams, in Russia and around the world, but also experienced the limits of the swimmer. So many collapses and so many incidents which occurred as we learned the journey into distance and the Ice,” she recalled.

Experiencing and witnessing the fails, and seeing how the world of cold water swimming exploded, this pushed me to work to understand the body and how it adapted in cold water. In 2016, I wrote a manual “An Insight into the World Of Ice Swimming” with guidance from research and much discussion with Russian medical teams with whom I worked during 2012 – 2016 with Dr Irina Zhidkova and Dr Nataliya Fatyanova.

I then completed the Ocean Extreme Medicine Course to understand more from the medical side, I moved to be a consultant and a faculty of the Ocean Extreme Medicine course on the areas of Cold water Injuries. I also completed the RNLI Sea Survival Course and I have also attended the Extreme Physiology Conference. I was awarded the Frank Golden Scholarship from the Lifesaving Foundation for my work on Water Safety awareness on cold water swimming. My passion is learning and mostly trying to understand how the body works and how we can make our sports safer.

In 2018, I set up Ocean Rescue Recovery, Remote Emergency Care, working with rescue units, and medical teams creating content to try and effect change on our safety procedures and create a platform of interagency to allow us all to learn from our experiences

The first Intermediate level webinar for is a 30 – 40 minute presentation with a Q&A afterwards. The limit is 50 participants so we can moderate the questions and allow for a discussion. The fee is €6 this will cover some costs.

For more information, visit here.

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