This biennial event hosted by the South London Swimming Club has become a must for cold water swimmers, attracting both the experienced cold water swimmer and people who are trying it for the first time. With water temperatures as low as 3°C, jumping in for the 30 yard races is a challenge in itself.
The Cold Water Swimming Championships celebrates the fun and camaraderie of cold water swimming and the competiton is often just friendly but can also be fierce. There are a variety of races this year, from the traditonal “head-up” breaststroke, the freestyle dash and relays to the 450 metre challenge for the really fool hardy. To help the competitors recover there will be a Finnish sauna available after the races as well as good food, a host of stalls and entertainment going on throughout the day.
Online entry for the Cold Water Swimming Championships 2013 will close on 31 December 2012.