Call for participants

Research study: Can you swim in clothing?
Researcher: Heather Bowes (
Time requirement: Five testing sessions, once a week for five weeks with each session lasting approximately two and a half hours.

I’m recruiting participants for my MRes Sports Science Project. The project will examine the effect of clothing on body temperature and swimming performance in cold water, with the aim of providing life-saving safety advice to persons who accidentally fall into cold water.

I am looking for male participants only, aged between 18 and 39, who have not been in water below 25 °C in the past year, and for participants who are able to swim at least 45 minutes breaststroke. You only need to bring with you is a towel and a pair of swimming trunks.

The testing itself will take part in the swimming flume in our environmental laboratory; which is an endless swimming pool. For the first visit the water will be set to 28 °C, and in the other tests the water will be 12 °C. Testing visits will include one O2max test (a test to determine maximum oxygen consumption during exercise), two swimming tests, and
two resting immersions. In each swimming and resting condition you will be tested once in swimming trunks and once whilst fully clothed. We will provide the clothing for your tests.

The testing will commence at the end of April, early May and you will receive a gratuity of £50 at the end of the study as a thank you for your participation.

If you would like to take part in my study or would like any further information, please contact me either by email or phone.
075 2823 7986

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