As a family, we often find ourselves pitching the Phoenix 760 close to rivers, lakes or the coast, and whether this is pure coincidence or my subconscious trying to keep the kids in check, I’m happy to reap the rewards.
Donning my shorts for a dip in the river isn’t something I’d done since childhood and although the wild swimming umbrella covers both fresh and saltwater activities, swimming along the River Stour in Dorset was a truly fantastic experience.
With clear blue skies above us and unbelievably clear water beneath, the calming effect is obvious – even though we inched our way into the water without wetsuits.
A brood of ducklings watched us slip by and as we headed downstream, we bobbed along with dragonflies and watched small shoals of minnow-like fish dart past, using us as mobile chicanes as they fought against the current on their journey upstream.
It’s easy to scare wildlife when watching from the riverbank, but stealthy swimming allows you to get closer than you’d ever imagine possible.