Sign up to take a dip for Mind Your Mood on Friday 4th March at 3pm at Jordanstown, Portstewart or Lisfannon.

Sea Swim for Mind Your Mood

White Rocks, County Antrim

Sign up to take a dip for Mind Your Mood on Friday 4th March at 3pm at Jordanstown, Portstewart or Lisfannon.


Everyone taking part MUST pre-register by Tuesday 1st March 2022. By registering for this event you agree to the below disclaimer.

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Sea swimming is physically challenging and carries with it risks that we cannot eliminate. These include the risk of personal injury including, without limitation, cold water shock, increase in blood pressure, hypothermia, cramp, and increased risk from pre-existing medical conditions.


  • You must act responsibly and sensibly at all times;
  • You must not participate if you under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs;
  • You must not attend the event if you have a fever; are suffering from covid symptoms; or have had a positive covid test or been asked to self-isolate within the last 10 days;
  • You must follow any safety warnings or safety instructions given to you;
  • Fitness to take part in the race is entirely your responsibility. We are not qualified to express an opinion that you are fit to safely participate. If you are pregnant or have a medical condition or related concern that could endanger you or other participants, you must obtain advice from an appropriate medical professional before participating;

In the absence of any negligence or other breach of duty by us, participation in the Mind Your Mood Sea Swim is entirely at your risk. Ulster University shall not be responsible for any injury, accidents, loss or damage (howsoever caused) you suffer during or as a result of the Mind Your Mood Sea Swim, nor shall Ulster University be responsible for any indirect or consequential loss or damage whatsoever arising out of your participation in the Mind Your Mood Sea Swim. Nothing in this disclaimer shall limit Ulster University’s liability for death, personal injury, fraud or any other liability to the extent that it cannot be limited by law.

What to bring

You can dip in a swimming costume, a wetsuit.

Please bring a change of clothes and a towel for afterwards. Especially remember hat, gloves, warm socks, shoes/boots and waterproof/windproof layer. A HAT will really help!

Mass Swim

All participants will go into the water at 3pm so make sure you’re ready on the beach before this time.

Health & Safety

Please read all information but remember:

  • Get in slowly starting from feet
  • Bring a warm drink and snacks for after
  • Remember warm & dry clothes for after
  • Get dry IMMEDIATELY after & warm up
  • Be aware of others and recognise symptoms of hypothermia

  Read Sea Swim Heatlh & Safety Information

Open water swimming health and safety guidelines

You and any other participants taking part or coming along for the Mind your Mood Sea Swim must read this – it’s crucial to ensure the safety or yourself & others

You must seek medical advice if you are pregnant or have a medical condition or related concern that could endanger you or others including: asthma, poorly controlled hypertension or a heart condition.

If you are in any doubt about your fitness to participate, you should avoid taking part in this activity.


You must familiarise yourself with the signs of hypothermia and know what to do if someone you or someone you’re with becomes hypothermic.

Get more information on hypothermia


  • Mild hypothermia – uncontrollable shivering and numbness, loss of simple coordination
  • Moderate hypothermia – confusion and strange inebriated-like behaviour, slurred speech
  • Severe hypothermia – blue-grey skin, slow or halted breathing, loss of consciousness

If you begin to feel the effects of mild hypothermia count to 10 and then back to 1 over and over again. If you lose your train of thought or lose count exit the water and get help because you are slowly losing your mental capacity.

The onset occurs slowly so you have plenty of time to rationalize and prevent it from worsening.

Once you exit, dry off and warm yourself in towels, sweats and a hat.

A severely hypothermic person will need medical attention ring 999. Keep them conscious and make sure they’re dried and warmed.

Afterdrop - this can happen when your body temperature drastically drops when coming out of the water, so be aware of how you are feeling and how others act even after you are on land.

The key to preventing this is to warm up slowly and gradually. If you rush it by having a warm shower or bath you’ll likely faint as your temperature plummets along with your blood pressure.

DO NOT try exercise to warm your body up if you or someone else becomes hypothermic, the more you exert yourself the more energy and heat you burn – so sit down and wrap up.

Quick notes

  • Get in slowly starting from the feet
  • Bring warm drink, sugary snacks (rich in calories), wooly hats, towel, warm blanket, dry and cosy clothes
  • Get dry ASAP, wrap up warm and have a warm (not hot) drink and a sugary snack
  • Be aware of others and recognize your own symptoms of hypothermia, act accordingly and ring 999 if severe symptoms become evident.
  • You can wear a wetsuit if you wish and if you have access to one this is recommended to acclimatise to the cold temperature

Do’s & Don’ts

Source: Outdoor Swimming Society


  • Do ensure you are warm before the swim. Remove your warm clothing at the last minute (and especially your shoes – you lose lots of heat into the ground).
  • Do go in feet first (not head first – you will involuntarily gasp when your body hits the water, and you don’t want to be under it when this happens).
  • Do take special care to have your breathing under control before immersing your shoulders or swimming. The gasp reflex is involuntary and occurs as you enter the water. This gasp is followed one to three minutes’ hyperventilation, or very fast breathing, and a significant rise in heart rate. Both the gasp reflex and hyperventilation can result in you aspirating water (breathing it into your lungs). This can lead to panic and drowning. Some people like to stand waist deep, put their hands under the water, splash a little water on their cheeks, and wait for breathing to normalise. Others like to focus on the exhale, puffing air out, as they regularise their breathing.
  • Do take care when entering the sea, especially during the first few minutes of gasping and shock. Aspirating water (breathing it in, which can lead to panic and drowning) is a real risk if you get splashed or knocked over by a wave.
  • Do have low expectations of how long you’ll be in for or how far you’ll go – many winter swimmers count strokes (10, for example) and swim just 25 metres or less.
  • Do dry off and put on layers to keep you warm quickly. You may feel deceptively warm at this point, it’s 10 minutes after exit that you’re at your coldest, so you want to wrapped up and warming up by then.
  • Do take more clothes for afterwards than before – a hat, gloves, warm socks/boots and windproof layer if it’s exposed are all likely to be appreciated.
  • Do have a warm drink and some cake (this is one time when a sugar boost is a good thing!).
  • Do warm up slowly, do some gentle walking if you feel okay. Increase the level of activity gradually if you wish, but stop if you feel unwell and sit down.
  • Do consider doing a few acclimatising dips in the days and weeks prior to the dip.
  • Acclimatisation reduces the physiological effects of the first seconds to minutes of entering cold water, and undertaken quietly and safely in your local lido or with other winter swimmers mean you’ll know what you’re in for in quieter conditions.


  • Don’t take part if you have a fever.
  • Don’t take part if you have a chest infection.
  • Don’t jump or dive into deep water unless you know what you’re doing and are acclimatised to that level of cold.
  • Don’t take part if you’ve been drinking alcohol, have a hangover, or have taken recreational drugs. These will affect your judgement (about the length of time you can stay in the water for example), and also your body’s ability to withstand the cold.
  • Don’t stay in too long – as soon as you feel comfortably warm in the water it’s time to leave!
  • Don’t have a hot shower or enter a hot room till you are comfortable, and certainly not while shivering. It’s okay to sit in a warmish room. Hot baths and showers bring blood back to the freezing surface of your skin quickly, chilling your core. Better to warm up slowly from the inside out.


There is NO charge to take part, but we ask that everyone please raise money via Just Giving for Ulster University. All money raised via Just Giving will be directed to Mind Your Mood. Please don’t bring cash – all money should be donated online for safety. Thank you!

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