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Thank you Wightbaby!

P0rtnahapp1e
P0rtnahapp1e

Was about to ask the same question, and as this is the Atlantic outside our window, you can see what a temptation a quick dip is in hot weather. My only fear is, once you hit the water, any adverse reaction would be immediate I assume and it might be too late to get helped out!

BTW, that’s taken at low tide. At high tide I could jump off the balcony.

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If you look back a few weeks I posted a pic of me cooling off in the sea - bliss. Only thing I watch is big waves and I don’t like going in without people around. Our beach has lifeguards so I always park myself right in front of one of their towers. I must admit I would be more cautious if swimming on my own and without others around, lovely though the thought of that is!

I was in the med a couple of weeks ago and was surprised with the power of the waves. Had to hold hubbys hands to help me stay upright as my balance is poor! Is that County Donegal? I always go for a slow emersion to allow my body to climatise if I am abroad and it is scorching hot and I am going into a cool pool. RNLI suggest if you get into trouble to flip onto your back, make like a starfish and float.

Going to Santorini in September and Ischia in October so maybe save it until then when I presume the differential between land and sea temperature would be less.

Not Donegal, but close. Northern Ireland.

Well don't we look swell! I shall wave at you next time I am up on the north coast X

Jollies , are you nearby? Whereabouts?

I am in Carrickfergus, so my view is of Belfast laugh and the County Down coastline. Love coming up to Mussenden temple and the Ports though. X

Jollies
Jollies
in reply to Jollies

Did type lough but iPad changed it. Darn x

Finvola is just on the other side of Mussendun from me. Next time you are coming up it would be good to have a wee AF meeting. 😀

Most definitely x

I tend to stick to swimming pools nowadays but that is more to do with the fact that I live in the shark attack capital of the world. I'll paddle my feet in the ocean but won't go out too far. We've had 15 fatal shark attacks (and plenty of non fatal ones) in Western Australia since 2000. I know there's a far greater risk just getting in a car but I reckon spotting a fin would send me into afib and imagine the mess with being on blood thinners 😁😂🦈🦈

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Hidden
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I'm beginning to think Florida is not far behind. The US east coast is having more attacks in very shallow water. Grew up in south florida and swam in the ocean every day. No more. Swimming pools or nothing.

Wightbaby
Wightbaby
in reply to Kaz747

Goodness, we don't have to worry about sharks on the Isle of Wight!!

but we have had a pod of dolphins in the bay, which is rather nice!

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One of the things I'd like to do most is swim with dolphins. There are places in Florida to do this but the dolphins are in captivity and I don't believe in that. In the Bahamas they have a boat trip to swim with pods of dolphins but haven't gotten there yet. They say dolphins are very playful and try to push your bathing suit off! So in the Florida Keys they suggest sturdy one piece suits so there are no 'wardrobe malfunctions'.

Kaz747
Kaz747
in reply to Hidden

We are lucky enough to live with wild dolphins- there are about 80 that live in our estuary and canals so often in summer when we are swimming and kayaking they’ll swim nearby. We see dolphins 🐬 almost every day and it doesn’t matter how often you see them, you never get sick of them. Here’s some information about our ‘neighbours’

mandurahcruises.com.au/mand...

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Thanks Kaz. Great site. I especially liked Emma Blyth's painting "The Peninsula Tree." What a great way to live-seeing dolphins everyday. I am envious. I spent much time over the years in the Florida Keys specifically Key West. You can't walk a block without seeing the ocean. On the drive down from Miami most of the time you see water on both sides of the highway- sometimes only a few feet away. One side is the Atlantic and the other side is the Gulf of Mexico. I am making plans to move from my senior living and if the stars align correctly for me I would like to move back to Key West. The only problem is that the islands are so small one needs to go to Miami (160 miles) for good medical care. But maybe there are more important things at our age than having heavy duty top of the line doctors. Something to think about. Take care. xx irina

Kaz747
Kaz747
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Florida is on our bucket list. We’ll get there one day and check it out. Being surrounded by water is very calming and watching the dolphins and all the water birds is good for the soul. I hope you get to make your move x

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Me too. It may take another year with my new lease coming but definitely setting goals.😊

Haven't been brave enough to face the Atlantic since I had a 'quare founderin' at Castlerock some years back. Love the waves though - waves to you furiously from behind second headland!

What a beautiful place to live!!! We have a long sandy beach, so not so rugged!!

Bet its quite dramatic in the winter!

Hope you enjoy reading the responses and my replies!

Oooh lovely!!

Can I come and live with you? I am house trained, very quiet and helpful and you won't even know I am there!

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