The swimming trend giving Victorians the chills
You’ll be forgiven for getting cold feet before joining those who flock to the freezing waters each morning.
Swimming in freezing waters, while seemingly bizarre, has become the latest craze during the Covid-19 pandemic. Commonly known as 'winter swimming', since that’s the crux of the hobby, this latest pastime isn’t a dip in your heated local pool; winter swimming is done in the icy waters of the ocean.
And don’t worry that winter is technically over – there are still plenty of mornings to come with the mercury forecast to stay in the single digits.
Every morning, often before or just after daybreak, dozens of people get together at different points along Port Philip Bay (and all along the other coasts) in what have been coined ‘Iceberg Clubs’. While these clubs welcome people of any age, they’re not for the faint of heart. In Victoria, the ocean water temperature can be as low as 10 degrees in the heart of winter. But for these daring divers, that’s precisely the point.