Members of the Black-ice Open Water Swimming Club, based in Black Rock, Australia (outside of Melbourne), are one tough, dedicated group of open water swimmers.

To become an official member of the Black Rock Icebergers (Black-Ice), a swimmers is required to complete a 3 km circuit of the long course at Brighton Baths during winter when the water temperature must be at or below 10°C (50°F) under the following rules: 1. Definitely no wetsuits and 2. No neoprene swim caps.

The Black Rock Icebergers include English Channel swimmers, Cook Strait swimmers, Rottnest Channel swimmers, and many others.

Despite the hardiness of the Black Rock Icebergers, anyone can join in the Saturday practices, but as founder (and 2003 English Channel swimmer) Albert (Alby) Bardoel asks, “Remember our club rules – NO WETSUITS – because would you climb Mt Everest in a helicopter? Would you ride the Tour de France on a motorbike? Would you sail the world in a motorboat? Or would you run a marathon in your car?

Our non-neopreme caps off to this tough group of swimmers.

Photo from the Black-ice Open Water Swimming Club website.

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