Bog snorkeling is a crazy sport that has grown in popularity in recent years.
If you’re thinking of giving it a go, here’s everything you need to know.
Bog snorkeling is, quite simply, snorkeling in a bog. A bog is a type of waterlogged, acidic environment found in cool climates. Bogs are typically found in areas that were once glaciated, like Scotland or Ireland. Anyone can enter the World Bog Snorkeling Championships that are held in Wales annually.
What is bog snorkeling?
Bog snorkeling is exactly what it sounds like – snorkeling in a bog.
A bog is a type of wetland that is home to many different types of plants and animals.
Due to the high level of decomposition that takes place in bogs, the water is often murky and visibility is poor.
This makes bog snorkeling a challenge, as you have to rely on your sense of touch to navigate your way through the bog.
Where does bog snorkeling come from?
Bog snorkeling originated in Wales in the 1980s, and has since spread to other countries including Australia, Canada, and the United States.
There are even bog snorkeling World Championships held each year in Wales.
What do I need to start bog snorkeling?
The great thing about bog snorkeling is that you don’t need any special equipment – all you need is a swimming costume (or wetsuit if you’re brave enough to swim in cold water), a mask, snorkel and a pair of flippers.
Many people also choose to wear gloves to protect their hands from the sharp edges of bog plants.
If you’re planning on taking part in a bog snorkeling race, you’ll also need to register with the race organizers beforehand.
You’ll usually be given a timing chip which needs to be worn during your swim.
How do I prepare for bog snorkeling?
There’s not much preparation required for bog snorkeling, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Firstly, make sure you choose a reputable race organizer who will ensure the safety of all participants.
Secondly, take some time to familiarize yourself with the route before race day so that you know what to expect.
And finally, make sure you warm up properly before diving into the bog – just like with any other sport, this will help reduce your risk of injury.
What is the objective?
Each competitor has to swim two lengths of a 60m trench that is filled with cold and muddy water.
The competitor with the shortest time and least amount of penalties is the winner.
Mountain bike bog snorkeling
This is a variant of traditional bog snorkeling where you are required to ride a mountain bike through the trench as fast as possible.
Bog snorkeling triathlon
In this version of bog snorkeling the competitors are required to swim a length of the bog, cycle 12 miles and run for 8 miles.
How to enter the championships
If the thought of trying to beat the current world record of 1 minute 18.82 seconds, for swimming through a bog, fills you with excitement, then you can enter the World Championships online.