by Surf Lifesaving World Champion Laura Quilter
Ocean swimming is a powerful activity, one that ignites will-power and fortifies relationships.
It does more than simply build fitness and improve strength.
One way ocean swimming could benefit more than your physique is that it builds mental fortitude.
It is one thing to be motivated to get to the gym, it is another to drag a damp, cold wetsuit over your skin as the rain pelts in to the sand.
Nothing builds mental fortitude like swimming when it’s cold.
When the first surge of icy water literally drags the breath from your chest and you choose to ignore that internal voice clutching at every excuse to get you away from the waters edge.
Swimming while the last rays of sunshine dance atop glassy water is incredible, but it’s the days when the sky growls, grows dark and you choose to do it anyway, which are the most memorable. When others opt for a coffee and an afternoon perched in front of the television, you choose to persevere.
It forms a foundation for tomorrow.
A work project may be put in to perspective once you have endured a freezing swim through the sea as the wind blasts every stroke and whips the water in to a frenzy around you.
About Laura Quilter
Laura has been a competitive swimmer and Surf Lifesaver for 13 years. In that time she have amassed a number of techniques and ideas about how to deal with doubt, fear, motivation and stagnation. She spends her spare moments away from the water working towards a Bachelor in Communications, where she’s discovered a passion for Cultural Studies and Public Presentation.
Laura has represented New Zealand at the following events:
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