Making a Splash with Amber Butchart
Dr Heather Massey - Making a Splash
This week I’m diving into the science of cold water swimming with Dr Heather Massey, a Senior Lecturer in the Extreme Environments Laboratory at the University of Portsmouth, where she spends a lot of her time researching the science of cold water immersion. She’s published a number of studies that make up some of the nascent scientific research into the benefits of cold water swimming for physical and mental health.
Heather LIVES extreme environments as well as studies them, so tune in as we discuss the science behind the post-swim high, swimming the English Channel (for 16 hours!), competing in the International Ice Swimming World Championships, and theories behind the sociological, psychological and physiological benefits of open water swimming.
*Please be aware that cold water swimming can be dangerous. Read and follow the advice at the Outdoor Swimming Society if you are new to it*