There are a number of oases of open water swimming around the world: Sandycove Island, Aquatic Park, Cape Town, Waikiki, Copacabana Beach, Cancun and many other locations from warm tropical seas to cold lakes.
But one location has clearly stood the test of time and has continued to attract many open water swimmers of all ages and abilities over the generations: the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park in London.
Like walking into the water in Sandycove Island, Aquatic Park, Cape Town, Waikiki, Copacabana Beach, and Cancun, the shores of the Serpentine are hallowed among the open water swimming community. Especially during the winter when the water and air temperatures drop significantly.
As the members of the Serpentine Swimming Club casually get in and out of the Serpentine and diligently swim up and down the lido in central London, they are such stalwarts of the sport. They, like Robert Askins [shown below], an architect specializing in oil rigs, simply enjoy the exercise even when the water temperature dips down to the frigid levels.
It is always our honour to observe these members who “just get on with it” even with the water temperature between 1ºC – 2ºC.
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