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Watch Jim the Swim enjoy his daily sea dip in Gower despite freezing conditions

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 13, 2017

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Just another day for Jim Young at his beloved Rotherslade in Gower.

Just another day for Jim Young at his beloved Rotherslade in Gower.

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JIM Young said it felt like the coldest day of the winter – but that did not stop him taking his daily dip in the sea in Rotherslade.

In fact, the 67 year-old, who goes by the nickname of Jim the Swim, said the plummeting temperature gave an added spice to the experience.

More than that, he walked to his favourite corner of Gower from his home in West Cross in his usual dress code of shorts, which help him get acclimatised, clocking up a round trip of 8.2 kilometres in the process.

Night follows day and Jim faithfully follows his route to Rotherslade.

"It was glorious today," said the poet, medical writer and diabetes website editor-in-chief.

They say it was the coldest day of the winter, but it was all the better for it. I had a fabulous swim. I was in for 10 to 15 minutes. I saw a couple of other regulars. We are all on the same wavelength.

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"It was the bottom water today when I was there, so it was a long walk out. It was a 35 minute walk from West Cross as well. Then we walked back the scenic route via Limeslade and Mumbles Hill."

He is planning his usual swim again tomorrow, and has no issue whatsoever with this cold time of year.

"The water is always cold," he said. "It gives an extra spice. When it is this cold, it makes it even more exciting."

Chris Peregrine / chris.peregrine@swwmedia.co.uk/ @Perers71

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