Swimmers David Burns and Maghnus Collins
‘Each morning as we plan our day, we remind each other of the unpredictability of the sea.
‘We talk about the repetitive nature of the task at hand so it doesn't dull our senses to the dangers that exist.
‘Despite our preparation, there are parts of each day that take us by surprise. The shock as you enter the water for the first time isn't something that goes away. Even though we have wetsuits and are ready for the shock, it can momentarily overpower you.
‘It's at times like this that you need your support team to anticipate the dangers and be alert. Knowing that they are on hand gives us great peace of mind.
It's not an environment you would want to be in alone. We do this every day and are still often surprised by the shock the cold can induce.
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