"The great thing about open water swimming is that anybody can do it. You don’t need to be a super strong swimmer, you can be a breaststroker, a backstroker, a butterflier, a doggy paddler, it doesn’t matter. Everywhere I go, swimmers are from all walks of life, it’s just everybody and anybody. More of my family and friends are asking to come along and I’ve managed to get my eldest daughter into it now which is brilliant. Nobody judges you in ice and winter swimming either, so if somebody wants to just come along, swim for a short time in their bobble hat then have a cup of tea or wants to do a training session, it doesn’t matter as nobody really comments as it’s all about what the individual wants from the swim. Everybody looks out for each other, because sometimes when you’re getting dressed and you’ve got the shivers, you need those friends to help pull your thermal top down or if your trousers are a bit stuck and need pulling up or buttons fastened! It’s important to know what you’re doing for yourself and how to look after yourself, and I always say to people that there are plenty of websites out there that you can look up information on, so you can learn how to get started safely. If it’s ice swimming like I do, then you are best to start in summer then work all the way through. It’s all about getting the good advice and having the right gear. Whether you’re competitive or not, we all get the same thing out of it, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re there to clear your head, or you’re not even bothered about the swim, you just want the coffee and hot chocolate afterwards! I’ve made loads of new friends through ice swimming, in fact someone was joking to me today that I collect friends, but it becomes addictive and wild swimming is just becoming so much more popular as people realise it’s not as dangerous as they think. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, and attitudes are changing – it’s just about making sure you’re safe. The community is great too, if I’m off on holiday and I want to go open water swimming, I’ll post in a group and there’ll be somebody, somewhere who can tell you where to go and what to look out for. I do it as well, when people say they’re coming to Wales, I’ll take them to my favourite swim spot, and it’s a massive social thing. We love it."