When Swim Ireland began planning the Me and the Water community, we wanted a swimming hat for members to wear that embodied what ‘Me and the Water’ means.
‘Me and the Water’ is the Swim Ireland mantra, a phrase which says: ‘It’s just me and the water; that’s all I want, that’s all I need. Me and the water time is my happy place, my solace.’
We asked Cathy Hogan, an illustrator from Cork, to design a scene that brought to life the feeling of Me and the Water, and represented those among us who see swimming as a lifestyle, rather than a sport, and are in love with the open water.
We also sent Cathy our manifesto (see below), which she used as part of her inspiration for the finished design, along with memories of her own me and the water time.
“The concept for the illustration was inspired by observing swimmers in their happy place at the beach and by the pool,” Cathy explained. “In the zone and focussed, dipping a toe in, or floating looking up at the sky.”
She added: “When I am near water it is the closest I feel to nature. Growing up near rivers and trips to the pool or seaside are memories I cherish.
“As a novice swimmer myself, I admire people who have this skill and a special connection to the water. Meeting more people who have this passion and learning their mantra was also hugely inspiring and greatly influenced the design.”
Every swimmer who registers to become a Me and the Water member will receive the Me and the Water Special Edition swim hat with their welcome pack. What’s more, we intend to change what’s in the welcome pack each year, so every time you renew, you’ll receive something new that helps your Me and the Water time.