Gemma: Wild Swimmer / by andy schofield

"Every since I was tiny I would jump off the side of a dingy or run into the sea whatever the weather to splash around. Now I'm older I use wild swimming as a place to reflect, train and feel strong. On my walk to work this morning I realised that the water reflects you and your energy. What I mean by this if you feel quite, pensive, calm you are likely to get in and use long, sweeping strokes, the water feeling calm around you. If you are with friends and feel like fun and frolicking you will jump in, cause a splash, putting lots of energy in and this energy fires back at you spraying you with the fresh tingling water. It's like when you have conversations with people, you often enter a conversation with an agenda to either have your opinion reinforced or even challenged. What you put in you get back in terms of body language and content...

"Wild swimming also makes me feel powerful, strong and independent, and I mean all of these words in the physical and mental sense. Nature is the most powerful force but there are times when it lends you the control and you can push you limits to swim fast and hard. For a time you will be fast and slip though the water but it will only lend you this control for a short time, before long you will find the power of nature remains too strong. It will always out do you. Sometimes it is best, especially when you are out of strength to lay back or sit on the bank and just admire what is around you."