Swimming in open water is becoming increasingly popular. There are many benefits to mental and physical health, it’s free, and it allows you to connect with nature in a way that swimming pools just can’t.
There are many spots near Forres and some within an hour’s drive, and it’s an excellent way to experience the local beauty spots. These include the sea, rivers and freshwater lochs.
Read our Top spots for Wild Swimming near Forres.
It’s vital that you follow safety guidelines. Swimming outdoors does come with increased dangers.
- There are no lifeguards or medical help on standby
- The waters can get dangerously cold.
- Conditions can change rapidly
Whether swimming in the river or the sea, you should be aware of the dangers and plan accordingly. Some of the wild swimming spots in Moray are inaccessible by road which makes it difficult for emergency services to access.
- Never swim in the wild alone
- Let someone know when you’ll be home
- Use a tow float
- Understand that conditions and weather can change
The SAFE swimmers code:
- Spot the dangers
- Advice – follow safety advice and read signs
- Friend – swim with others
- Emergency – call for help, recognise the signs of someone in trouble
Here are some useful articles about wild swimming
- Ten tips for summer swim safety – Outdoor Swimming Society
- Wild Swimming for Beginners – tips and advice – Wild Swimming
- Introduction for beginners – Wild Swimming
- Understanding Hypothermia – Outdoor Swimming Society
- Wild swimming and cold water immersion – Wild Swimming
- Wild Swimming Scotland – Facebook group (50k members)