Can you help. I am a year round swimmer at Hampstead ponds in London. I had two strokes two years ago caused by Covid. The Stroke Association has been hugely supportive of me as I recover. Bear with me on this post.
For over a decade I have been swimming year-round at Hampstead Ponds, where the water can get very cold. There are lifeguards, who are attentive and aware of health risks.
The City of London, which is in charge of Hampstead Heath, is trying to make them more open to people with disabilities. They have asked me to liaise with their senior swimming supervisor and give him any advice that may help accessibility.
Do you have any thoughts that I could relay to the pond authorities if they wanted to improve access for people with disabilities - especially hidden disabilities? Cold water swimming may be a niche sport. But it has proven health benefits: The Benefits of Cold Water Swimming | Sea Swimming Benefits – Swim Secure and Could cold water hold a clue to a dementia cure? - BBC News .
Thanks so much