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Happy Swimming 2019 Swimming with smiles

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Happy Swimming 2019 Caps

Let’s hear you say you’ll also be Happy Swimming 2019

Wild swimming, outdoor swimming or indoor swimming pools, whichever is your thing, make sure you declare yourself to be Happy Swimming 2019.

Plenty of new swimming adventures and swimming locations are awaiting you. So, don’t hesitate. Enjoy all as a solo swim dipper, social swimming group member, or event challenging speed swimmer – simply have fun!

… and the best way to show others you’re enjoying your swims is to be seen to be swimming with smiles. The Happy Swimming 2019 swimming cap has integrated smiles within the 2019. It’s perfect for recording all you do throughout the year.

Along with other happy swimwear items the Happy Swimming 2019 caps are available from www.altern8ives.com

Let those cameras snap away capturing all your fun-filled frolics and personal successes. You’ll look back in years to come knowing exactly which year you were Happy Swimming.

Happy Reading!

For those times outside of your happy swimming locations, wet your appetite for more excitement and adventures. Read the numerous wonderfully compelling swimming stories from swimmers worldwide and their smile-filled pages in the book “Swimming with smiles” – www.swimmingwithsmiles.com – Special price of 35% OFF RRP while stocks last.

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Swimming with smiles – Happy Wild Swimming book

If you are happy swimming 2019, feel free to join in the Facebook Group: Happy Wild Swimming so you too become part of the fun worldwide swimming community. Share your own happy swimming 2019 moments with many other happy swimmers from all over the globe.

Surely you’ll agree that the best time to start being happy is today. So jump into the hobby of happy swimming, grab your happy cap and be another person who is happy swimming 2019.

Happy swimming everyone!

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Happy New Year – Happy 2018 – Happy Swimming

Happy New Year Swimming

Get ready to say Happy New Year and Happy 2018 in a highest quality silicone swimming cap!

Ideal for a Happy New Year celebration our unique design of three smiley happy faces will have onlookers joining in the fun of your swims. Perfect for New Year Day swims and to wear all year long.

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Enjoy a Happy New Year in a Happy 2018 swimming cap

The Happy 2018 swimming caps are available in a range of colours EXCLUSIVELY from www.altern8ives.com

Adding to the range of fun happy caps designs worn by swimmers worldwide they provide entertaining and positive vibes to any swim.

If you too like the idea of sharing your photos feel free to join the Facebook group: Happy Wild Swimming

Happy New Year will be the cry on the 1st January 2018 and Happy 2018 will be the thought throughout the whole year as you flash your smiles at all around.

Celebrating 2018 Happy New Year Day from start to finish … and continue happy swimming with smiles all year through in your fun high quality silicone swimming cap.

Show everyone that you’re a happy swimmer every swim and watch how others smile back when they see your happy faces swimming by.

Suitable for outdoor swimming or indoor pools, your Happy New Year swims can be given that extra fun at all swimming locations – whether taking part in open water events, a personal dip or attending social wild swimming spots.

Make this Happy New Year a year to remember!

A Happy 2018 cap giving you that boost of joy and happiness from beginning to end.

Love  swimming? Then show others how much by wearing the smiles!

Happy New Year resolutions could include joining other happy swimmers of all abilities from all sorts of varied locations in Facebook group: Happy Wild Swimming … and if you are happy swimming, why not add to your wardrobe with other happy items.

Staying warm for a Happy New Year 

Take a look at the highly praised, fully embroidered (not just printed), extra warm, Happy Wild Swimming Hoodies.

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The hoodies will ensure you stay warm this winter. Double-layer hoods for added warmth and ribbon pull-chords for elegant control of the hood fitting. Enjoy the comfortable smooth-to-touch and stylish appearance of high quality embroidered logo & wording. With an option of embroidered wording on the back too, stating “Swimming with smiles” these wonderful hoodies will be fun and add style to your swimming hobby.

Happy reading this Happy New Year!

Read all about how others wear a smile and remain happy. See the swimming books which feature many of the group swimmers e.g. “Swimming with smiles” – Happy Wild Swimming book. Approximately 70 true stories, more than 200 pages and 400 swimmers’ own favourite photographs of their outdoor swimming adventures. Tales told, memories recollected and swim spots shared. All full of happy smiles on faces and on their heads!

Buy www.swimmingwithsmiles.com

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“Swimming with smiles” book – Happy Wild Swimming


Note: Also available is the book Swimming with shivers – Happy Cold Swimming – which contains more true stories but this time from cold water swimmers. Those who relish the chilly cold water swims of winter swimming, cold swimming events and even ice-mile swims, among several other unique chilly tales. Add in also three scientific research studies and the book is packed full of interesting and entertaining pages!

Buy www.swimmingwithshivers.com

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“Swimming with shivers” book – Happy Cold Swimming


Here’s to you having an exciting and wonderful Happy New Year … a very Happy 2018 … and wishing you Happy Swimming always!


Happy Car Window Stickers

Happy Car Window Stickers are back!

Following requests from numerous wild swimmers these car stickers are back in stock at www.altern8ives.com

Back by popular demand and with even brighter happy faces are the wonderfully cheerful happy car window stickers worded: Happy Wild Swimming

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Car Window Stickers – Happy Wild Swimming

Treat your car to an uplifting fun smiley faced design car sticker and see onlookers smile too.

Printed on transparent stickers the central happy face beams with happiness above the wording declaring you to be happy wild swimming.

These car stickers match the worldwide happy wild swimming swim caps provided by the Facebook group: Happy Wild Swimming.

With members of all abilities and differing global locations, the social swimming group encourages swimmers to announce their joy of outdoor swimming with suitably worded swimming attire and now the car window stickers, all available from www.altern8ives.com

In addition to swimwear, the members share their love for swimming all year with true stories and favourite photographs in two books. They cover a vast range of backgrounds and reasons why each enjoy  swimming with smiles.

Read their stories by going to:


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Make your swimming more pleasurable by joining in today!

Wear a happy cap, display a happy car sticker and read about happy swimmers.

Happy Swimming!


Everyone deserves to be happy! If you enjoy the pleasure of outdoor swimming and you also drive or know someone who does, then these happy car stickers are ideal.

Who can resist a smile? Who doesn’t like being happy?

Placed inside a glass window of a car windscreen or even the window in an office or a home, these car window stickers proudly display the wording: ‘Happy Wild Swimming’ to all who read it.

Make your car a happy car and treat any friends to one too – today!



Book Swimming with smiles pages

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A dozen pages snippets from book Swimming with smiles pages


“The team was made up of swimmers from 21 countries …”

“I saw the sunrise. A board got held up on the boat saying I had another half-hour to swim. Seriously? …”

“Five of us waded into the waves and headed off towards the island.”

“The beach is always quiet, even on a hot bank holiday, and has a mixture of sand and pebbles (which change shape as you move along the coast).”

“The pain was constant. I couldn’t move and had to be helped just to get to the bathroom.”

“We didn’t wear goggles or hats in those days and certainly not wetsuits!”

“I don’t actually remember learning to swim. It just sort of happened …”

“I mastered moving all my limbs in such a manner I would manage not to drown until I got to safety.”

“All too soon it is time to head back to the shore. We pass out through the main entrance to the cave, which is so big it could easily swallow a modern fishing trawler.”

“Looking back this was the most amazing month and genuinely changed me.”

“The water was halfway up the van. Another guy was trying to push the van back out.”

… in the Philippines to retrieve the ship’s anchor which had been lost during a typhoon.”

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Book: “Swimming with smiles”




Book Swimming with smiles Now available

Book Swimming with smiles is

Now available!

Delivery before Christmas.

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Book Swimming with smiles

Book Swimming with smiles content:

400 Full Colour Photographs

Over 200 pages

Almost 70 True Stories

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Book Swimming with smiles will be available in time for Christmas. More information will be updated here as well as in the Facebook group: Happy Wild Swimming

See also Facebook pages Swimming with smiles, Happy Wild Swimming Publications, Happy Wild Swimming Gear. Also on Twitter @happywildswim @altern8ives @happyswimmingUK etc.

More details will appear soon.

NOTE: Happy Wild Swimming caps and related swimming items are available from www.altern8ives.com and Facebook group: Happy Wild Swimming – Join in the fun!

Happy swimming and swimming with smiles – it dosen’t get much better!

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Happy Cold Swimming Cap

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Happy Cold swimming cap

Cold swimming has become a popular way to swim.

The Happy Cold Swimming cap is new to the range of ‘Happy’ caps swimming collection.

Ideal for those who like to share the pleasure of cold swimming in chilly water and at the same time wear a cheeky happy face.

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Happy Cold Swimming cap from www.altern8ives.com

The blue faced fun design swimming cap is indicative of the cold water most winter swimmers revel in. The white base colour to the cap has similarity to the snow of winter swimming, or the ice white of the ice swimming conditions, several extreme winter swimmers endure.

Treat yourself to a Happy Cold Swimming cap in your caps collection today.

Available from www.altern8ives.com

Alternatively you can request your Happy Cold Swimming cap from …

Twitter : @coldswimming

Email to: happycoldswimming@gmail.com



Stay happy – Stay seen – Stay safe!

As nice as it is to enjoy the natural waters all year round, it is vital to stay safe. The cold water can be severely cold at times. There are swimmers who train specifically to endure the low temperatures of organised cold water swimming events. There are also social and hobby swimmers who gradually build-up their tolerance to the harsh waters. If you wish to begin swimming in colder waters first seek advice and understanding from those who do. Have a companion with you where possible. If not in the water, then as land support watching you swim. Agree a signal or action to be taken in the event that a serious situation occurs. Taking the right steps allows you to fully enjoy the adventure of cold water swimming.

The joy of swimming free in open natural water is something personal to the individual. Until tried it cannot be understood to many an onlooker.  But at least in your Happy Cold Swimming cap they will be smiling back at you as you enjoy your cold swim!


Happy Wild Swimming Spots On Video

Swimmers Favourite Swimming Spots Around The World.

With an increase in interest in their fun design Happy Wild Swimming Caps from swimmers around the World, the Facebook group: Happy Wild Swimming Caps has received video clips from swimmers showing the various favourite places they enjoy their wild swimming activities.

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Happy Wild Swimming – Diving In!

The swimming spots range from being in the sea, river, lake or streams to plunging in mountain pools and reservoirs.

The thrills are often captured in photographs, but not as frequently in video.

A few have joined in uploading video clips of swim spots by a basic 360 degree view. Others are becoming far more creative with music tracks and even wildlife involved. Take a look in the group!

CAPS worn by Gary and Claire

When it comes to swimmers being happy wild swimming it’s clearly a case of watch this space!

… or at least watch Facebook: Happy Wild Swimming Caps


Christmas Gifts on altern8ives.com

Christmas gifts have been of interest to many with stocks of most becoming low as Books, Swimming Gear and Crafts become more popular.

See for yourself on www.altern8ives.com 

Titles such as these have been welcomed by customers.

Talking in Tandem by Claire Everett & Tony Everett book www.altern8ives.com
Talking in Tandem
by Claire Everett & Tony Everett

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Debbie Pentland Book Mutiny In My Body

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Adam Walker Book Man vs Ocean

Book Sons of Natal Ian Carr www.altern8ives.com


The worldwide healthy hobby of wild swimming has increasingly gained interest via Facebook Group: Happy Wild Swimming

See: www.happywildswimming.com

Or for the more civilised swimmers or swimming pool users

See: www.happyswimming.co.uk

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Happy Wild Swimming Magazine

Plus there is always time for some Art & Crafts

Wishing Doll Wish Dolly www.altern8ives.com

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Fabric House Keyring

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Bicycle Tool Bag – Tool Roll



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Happy Wild Swimming on Facebook

Happy Wild Swimming Caps – Facebook public group for swimmers worldwide – has continued to see more swimmers keen to enjoy the fun side of swimming.

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Happy Wild Swimming on Facebook

From beginners to openwater swimming to successful English Channel solo swimmers, all are buying happy wild swimming caps. They are then joining the Facebook group Happy Wild Swimming Caps to upload their own photos.  Swimmers wear the smiles of the fun design happy wild swimming caps comforted that they are also safely visible.

The world of social wild swimming and openwater swimming events has become more popular in recent years. Encouraged by many social media groups including Facebook group Happy Wild Swimming Caps

Some swimmers simply meet-up as friends, others swim as individuals. Locations vary from a shallow river stream to the wide ocean seas. Events cover social fun dips through to competitive events organised by major sponsors.

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Happy wild swimming cap looking out to sea

The important thing with all swimming is safety. The Happy Wild Swimming Caps design was originally for this purpose. A bright yellow happy face on a bright coloured silicone cap. Some event caps are just latex as they are for a single use, but the Happy Wild Swimming Caps are high quality silicone caps. This provides full comfort and lasting use, whether being worn in the swimming pool, river, lake or sea. They’ve stayed on the heads of solo Channel swimmers all the way to France.  During one swim resisting the treacherous weather conditions for over 20 hours!

The happy face design ensures the individual swimmer’s can declare their joy at taking part in this ever-popular hobby.

Happy Wild Swimming Caps can be bought via www.happywildswimming.com and  found on Facebook  as Happy Wild Swimming Caps and Twitter as @ happywildswim as well as among other social media too.

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Happy Wild Swimming Caps

See also www.altern8ives.com for a variety of happy wild swimming caps related items available for purchase in UK, Europe, USA and other countries on request.

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Happy Wild Swimming Magazine

Happy Wild Swimming!


Tony is swimming to France

Tony Marshall is happy wild swimming to France for charity.

He is swimming solo across the English Channel for Little Havens Children’s Hospice.

Support his worthwhile cause by donating to his JustGiving page here:


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Happy Swimmer Tony in happy wild swimming cap waiting to swim the English Channel

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Happy Swimmer Tony in his happy swimming trunks waiting to swim solo across the English Channel


Raising money for

Little Havens Children's Hospice

Little Havens Children’s Hospice

Charity Registration No. 1022119

When a family has been told that there’s no cure for their child’s illness, Little Havens Hospice can help. Our specialist care is free but we have to raise £100,000 every week to be there for everyone who needs us. That’s only possible because of you. Together we’re ‘Making every day count’

Tony’s story:


Well, what can I say.  This time last year, I was in a totally different place.   I am a member of the Redcaps Open Water Swimming Club and loved nothing better than to socialise and swim with my best mate Tony Mellett.  We covered all sorts of swim events together and took part at every opportunity.  But then on 1st May 2014, sadly, he collapsed and died.  No warning, no illness, just collapsed and died.  Things like this are not supposed to happen to my mates.

My mind has been a bit of a whirl-wind since then.  I distanced myself from the club a bit and seemed lost without my sole-mate.

In 2013, Tony Mellett and myself were part of a relay team that got within a cats whisker to French soil, but then we had to abandon the mission due to bad weather.  The team, minus my soul mate, got together in 2014 and this time, we had to do it for Tony.  And we did.

But I always secretly had a yearning to attempt this enormous challenge solo one day. And now seems as good a time as any.  I have devoted a whole year to training and am currently being pushed to extremes by my coach and Redcaps Lady Captain, Lorraine Rate.  She sets all my sessions for me on a weekly basis, and swims with me once a week to ensure I’m on track.  I hate her most of the time coz the sessions hurt like hell, but at least I don’t have to worry about what to do next.  I just wait for my Monday email and follow instructions!!!!

Anyway, back to my challenge.  Having been part of two relay crossings and having been fortunate to be part of Tom Durhsens boat crew last year, I know exactly what I have let myself in for.  ‘The Mistress’ as the English Channel is often referred to by solo swimmers can be evil.  (A bit like Lorraine!).  She can turn on you without warning and if she decides she ain’t letting you across that channel, then that’s it.  She turns and churns and spits you out – definately like Lorraine!!   And, as Tom found out only too well on his crossing when at one point, he had swum strong and solid for over an hour but only moved forward a few metres.   Evil bitch is that Channel Mistress.  So, I am fully aware of what I have let myself in for.

Lorraine and I took a tour of Little Havens recently and whilst we all know what Little Havens is, until you walk around that beautiful establishment in Benfleet and come close to all those little suffering children, it doesn’t really sink home.  I want to make a difference to someone, I want to help, I want to contribute.  We were taken into the Woodland Suite, where they take the children to die peacefully.  They decorate the room each time in association with what that child loved best. We visited on a day when a small boy, who had been a huge West Ham fan, had just passed away.  Emma explained how the room was decorated in all West Ham colours and posters to make his final days so much more relaxing for him and his family.  There were children curled up in blankets on the sofa watching Disney’s Frozen.  How we got through that day without tears, I do not know.  So, this is why I have to swim to France.   I want to make a contribution to Little Havens and help make a difference to a child’s final journey.

So, if you could donate a little to my cause, I would be so grateful.  Any amount at all, every little bit helps.

Thank you.

Tony Marshall

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.