Top tips to ensure you enjoy cold water safely (I couldn't limit it to 10!).
Consult a doctor if you have any underlying health conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart condition, pregnancy or asthma).
Start slowly - 30 or 60s in a shower is a great way to start
Wear a wetsuit if need to acclimatise to the colder water (neoprene gloves and socks are also options)
Start in warmer water (summer) and continue into autumn and winter
Ease yourself into the water - control your breathing as your body gets used to the cold
Do it with others - so you can keep an eye on each other and enjoy the experience
Make it social - share the experience with others and keep each other motivated
Don't stay in too long - If you start to feel stiff in the water - then get out and get warm
Go to 'managed' location where there are lifeguards watching
Take plenty of warm clothes for afterwards (lots of layers, socks, gloves and hat)
Have a hot drink for when you get out
Give yourself time to recover - from the cold water and / or the exercise - before you head off for the rest of yoru day
Remember anyone can enjoy the benefits of cold water - it may be that you get to meet a broader range of people that you not otherwise meet. (After all, some of your friends will think you are slightly bonkers for getting into the cold water).
Interested to find out more - why not try some of previous blogs