Swimming

“Everyone here believes the water has healing powers. People get in the water and come out different people.” – Larry Rosenzweig

The iconic Brighton Baths

The iconic Brighton Baths has been home to a diverse and passionate community of swimmers since 1881. Our enclosed, outdoor saltwater swimming facility is open year-round to members and casual visitors. Whether you are a seasoned swimmer or just getting acclimated to the water, the Brighton Baths are a perfect venue for swimming laps, aquatic therapy and recovery, or simply a relaxing dip in the sea.

  • Olympic size sea baths, ideal for timing laps, or completing 300 metre circuits
  • Victoria’s only 50 metre open water lap lane facility
  • No chlorine or treatments what so ever – 100% sea water
  • Cold water swimming in the winter
  • Private 1:1 swimming lessons
  • Weekly open water swimming group
  • Private beach and boardwalk with umbrellas
  • Pontoon and inflatable tyre tubes
  • Access to change rooms, showers, and locker and towel hire
  • Retail items available for purchase including sun screen, towels, Iceberger swim caps, neoprene swim caps, goggles, and male, female and kid’s bathers

Winter Months

In the Winter months Melbournian’s flock to Victoria’s best kept secret to enjoy the mental and physical benefits of cold water swimming, usually coupled with our therapeutic aromatherapy steam room. As the weather heats up, our boardwalk and sea baths become a sanctuary from the heat and crowded public beaches. You can very easily make a day of it – pack a picnic lunch or swing by the café next door, rent a kayak or stand up paddle board, embrace your inner child and playfully dive from the big blue pontoon, or enjoy a cheeky nap under the boardwalk umbrellas.

It is no secret that swimming has long been touted as one of the best forms of exercise. Here are a few reasons to consider adding swimming to your overall fitness regime:

  • Low impact aerobic exercise providing the perfect balance between effort and support
  • Increases ability to take in and effectively use oxygen, increasing your endurance and cardiovascular strength
  • Provides a complete body workout, allowing you to isolate underutilized muscles, and target deep stabilizing muscles in your core
  • Reduces stress. Being submerged in water dulls the amount of sensory information that the body takes in, reducing pain while encouraging a feeling of calm
  • Increased blood flow to the brain
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Sea Mineral & Saltwater Therapy

As a society we are progressively shifting back to a more holistic approach to health and well-being. Intrinsically, we know about the healing benefits of being in nature.

Furthermore, we are beginning to recognize that what we put on our body is just as important as what we put in our body. For this reason, more and more swimmers are moving towards swimming in the sea for its’ therapeutic and healing benefits. Swimming in the sea for medical purposes even has a name – thalassotherapy!

  • Sea water is teaming with minerals including sodium, chloride, sulfate, magnesium and calcium, promoting a healthy immune system and improving certain skin conditions
  • Complementary therapy for treating hay fever and allergies due to the saline effect on the lining of sinuses
  • Promotes relaxation and reduces symptoms associated with anxiety and depression
  • Better sleep. Sea air is charged with negative ions that accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen. Negative ions also balance levels of serotonin, one of our bodies happy hormones

Cold Water Therapy

The benefits of cold water immersion have long been promoted and embraced by people seeking both mental and physical healing. Below are some of the many benefits of cold water swimming.

  • Activates the body’s natural healing powers
  • Can relieve symptoms of many medical conditions
  • Reduces muscle inflammation
  • Improves lymphatic circulation, clearing toxins from the body
  • Betters cardiovascular circulation resulting in improved heart health, enhanced mental performance, and a boost to the immune system
  • Increased happiness levels by triggering your brain to release mood-boosting neurotransmitters
  • Increases weight loss by boosting your metabolism

Longtime Icebergers swear by this lifestyle – it almost becomes an addiction. Ross MacDowell, Brighton Iceberger, shared with Wild Swimming Australia, “When you get out after swimming in nine-degree water and you can’t feel anything, you can’t feel your hands and feet, your teeth are chattering, you can’t even see straight, it doesn’t matter because you feel like you’ve been re-born. No matter what’s going on in your life, whether you’re a politician or a retired plumber – we all have struggles – but cold-water swimming is like a feather duster on a chalk board: it rubs it all out. You get out of the water and you’re alive, you survived!”

Each person has their own journey and reasons for cold-water swimming – but the one thing that remains consistent is their passion for this rejuvenating practice and their incredible stories of healing.

To find out more about joining the infamous cold water swimming group, The Icebergers, click here.

Changing Lives

Meet Larry Rosenzweig. At the age of 47 Larry was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. His story of healing through cold water therapy is nothing short of a miracle.

In an article published in the Bayside Leader, they described witnessing Larry before and after his ice-cold daily swim as humbling. Before his swim he “hobbles stiffly to the water, dragging one foot and leaning on two walking sticks.

But after his 40-minute swim in the 8C seawater, he is then able to walk briskly around the boardwalk, and the difference is staggering.” Larry says, “Mentally it’s my happy time — I can get out of the water and climb the stairs properly. It reminds me I can still walk, I haven’t forgotten. I just have this unfortunate interruption.”

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