Vico Robes & Sea Swimming!

Vico Robe is a  new Irish business born out of the recent lockdowns. As many aspects of our lives moved outdoors Vico Robes was launched  with a range of outerwear to encourage people to get out in style. With collections of Dry Changing Robes, Poncho Towel Robes, Drybags and Hi-Vis Vests the joys of cold-water swimming, walking, hiking and cycling can be experienced in comfort and warmth. 

For many of you familiar with the beautiful swimming spots all around our Island, the breathtaking views along the coastal Vico Road in Dublin are unquestionable. Named after this idyllic and iconic area, Vico Robes aim to provide comfort, style and warmth to outdoor enthusiasts all over Ireland. 

Vico changing robes are designed to be practical, warm, extremely comfortable and stylish. In bright happy colours they will enhance your swim experience at any time of the year by keeping you warm and cosy and enabling easy changing before and afterwards.  But not limited to sea swimming they are an essential item for those Chilly evenings, Barbeques and Al Fresco dining, Outdoor Social Meets, Sporting Events, Concerts, Festivals, Watersports and Camping.

To complete the ideal swimming kit we also offer matching 20 litre Dry Bags and  3 varieties of Poncho Towelling  Robes. Our latest addition, Visybel , a bright and sporty hi-vis vest will keep you safe and seen when out cycling or walking on our busy roads.

As a  year round sea swimmer I really appreciate the many physical and general mental health benefits of cold water swimming. I want to spread the word and  love of responsible sea swimming and to that end our nominated charity is  Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self-harm and suicide in Ireland. To date we have participated in two very successful Darkness into Light sunrise swims raising over €1500 collectively for this great cause. We look forward to continuing our fund raising and donations in 2024!

 

Everyone is Sea Swimming!

My piece on Sea Swimming for the Gloss Magazine earlier this year tells the story of why I started sea swimming and how it led to my Vico Robe business. You can read the full article here

"As a child I was always the last to get into the water, a situation that only got worse as I got older and developed Raynauds. However, during the first lockdown I felt inspired by my family and friends to join them on their swims. I set myself small challenges with the aim of overcoming my inhibitions, and before I knew it, I was a year-round swimmer, totally hooked. Gone were the feelings of cold, raw panic, and anxiety. Even my Raynauds improved!

Not only have I been enjoying the physical benefits of sea swimming, but this new hobby also gave me an opportunity to do something creative. As swimming became  more and more prominent in my life,  I noted the importance of keeping warm before and after, particularly during the winter months. However, I found it challenging to find the gear that would keep me warm while staying in style! With lockdown in full force, I decided to indulge a long-held desire to develop and sell my own product online. And so, Vico Robes—named after Vico Road, home of some of my favourite swim spots—was born and, one year later, I have an online store selling Dry Changing Robes, Towel Robes, and Dry Bags.

Having started the journey of sea swimming two years ago, going for a swim is almost a daily ritual for me now. Weather permitting, a typical day starts with a walk to the beach accompanied by our dog Daisy, followed by a few minutes swimming towards the rising sun, some ball throwing on the beach, the climb back up to the road, and finally a well-earned cup of coffee and croissant. I can’t think of a better start to the day!

Every morning brings a different sea, different sky and a different swim experience. Whether it’s a stunning sunrise or storm clouds on the horizon it’s a zen moment and a great feeling of being connected to nature. The physical effects are immediate and long lasting. As for the mental effects, the following words inspired by naturalist John Muir,  resonate…

“Into the sea I go, to ease my mind and soothe my soul!”