When and where you swim is an important consideration, particularly when the weather is not on your side. As an experienced wild swimmer and STA Open Water Swim Coach, and with an RLSS Open Water Lifeguard Award, I always carefully assess the weather including the wind conditions, its direction and the visibility. On this occasion, on Crummock Water, with the mist coming down the mountains and frequent spells of heavy rain, I chose to swim close to shore with a fellow swimmer, on a shorter route than planned and with kayak support. We wore tow-floats and bright swim caps. Ensuring swims are risk assessed carefully, and are suitable for the experience levels of the swimmers, is all part of good practice. Swim safely, and if you need help, choose a qualified open water swim coach.