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Questions
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Answers

Are you folks nuts?

Not particularly. We're just a group of people from all walks of life who deeply enjoy the activity of cold water swimming. Some do it for possible health benefits. Some do it for the love of water. Some do it to stay active at Coney Island. And others, well, maybe a few of us are nuts. But all do it for the fun of it. If it's not fun, then stay out of the water.

Can't you get hypothermia doing that?

It is possible to get hypothermia, but in Club memory, going back over twenty years now, no member has ever suffered from hypothermia or frostbite. We know our limits and look out for each other.

Isn't it cold?

Good question, yes, as a matter of fact it does get cold. In October when we begin our season the water temperature is still in the low 60's (°F). As the winter progresses, it is not unusual for the water temperature to dip down to about 33° degrees. And don't forget to throw the wind chill effect into the mix. See the
Weather area for wind chill information.

What do you do to prepare yourself for a swim in the dead of winter?

Basically, we all don bathing suits. We also recommend wearing neoprine surf boots. There is no way around it, feet can get quite cold. The boots do a great deal to help keep your feet comfortable and protect you against the possibility of cutting your feet on that stray piece of glass that turns up on the beach.

Do you have to be in excellent health to do this?

Take a look at the
pictures throughout this site. Do we look like body builders? Our members vary from trim athletic figures to those less interested in running a marathon. We do recommend all participants consult their physicians before engaging in winter swimming. We also request that newcomers and guests sign a waiver holding the Club harmless in case of a negative reaction.


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