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