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New to OW swimming. How bad is the jellyfish sting?

  • 17-07-2022 8:50pm
    Registered Users Posts: 166 ✭✭

    Just started doing short swims at a local spot in the Celtic sea. So far I'm just wearing shorts and goggles.

    I've seen a couple of jellyfish but they're always tiny little things and I've never been stung. What can I expect the first time it happens? Is it worse than say a bad nettle sting?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,156 ✭✭✭tritriagain

    I've only been stung 4 times and I've been swimming in the sea for the last 45 years mostly without a wetsuit.3 of the stings were not bad but I did get one across the face from a big ugly one. was like a 1000 needles into the face. I was out deep so I just swam back and by the time I got back the cold water had helped and I was just numb for the rest of the evening and fine the next morning. don't worry about it . as I already said I have spent a lot of time in the sea and the ratio to stings is very low. enjoy the new hobby and welcome to the club.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16 DeirdreMalone

    Been stung once... Not funny :/ I just saw on social media that some Lion Mane Jellyfish have been seen in our waters (Dublin Sea).

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,286 ✭✭✭slinky2000

    It's like a badish nettle sting, nothing more really.

    What is different is later that night, the sting area will sweat and feel wet and you'll probably get some spasms or 'jump' like reflexes for a few hours.

    It'll all be gone by morning and you'll be boasting about it the next day.