Swimming in the Med

Here’s where I went swimming a few days ago.

St Pauls, Lindos

St Pauls – near Lindos on Rhodes Island – provided fairly hospitable surroundings for my first serious swim in open water. I swam for an hour out of the bay and into the sea, then back again via some caves at the bay’s mouth. The choppy waves took a little getting used to, as did the current on the way back in. Mind you, the 35-degree heat kept the water comfortable. The salty water had the potential for rapid dehydration so I employed a tip from Ruth and Ewan (two of my Channel Swim team mates): breathing with my lips pursed preventing – as much as possible – any water entering my mouth.

I managed to fit a second shorter swim in whilst fishing out at sea later in the holiday – colder and rougher, although clearly tame in comparison to what the Channel Swim will bring!

St Pauls from the Acropolis, Rhodes Island

St Pauls from the Acropolis, Rhodes Island