Brighton Icebergers

“Swimming in the morning is just fantastic; it leaves you exhilarated,” – Timothy Lynch, Iceberger.

“It’s gentle on your body. It feels fantastic afterwards, and saltwater’s good for your skin.”

Humankind has always had an affinity with the ocean. We eat from it; some bathe in it; we’ve even invented sports to play in it. For groups like the Brighton Icebergers—an open-water swimming club—rising at the crack of dawn to swim in the sea comes as naturally as breathing.

“Swimming in the morning is just fantastic; it leaves you exhilarated,” says Iceberger, Timothy Lynch. “It’s gentle on your body. It feels fantastic afterwards, and saltwater’s good for your skin.”

A long-time member of the Brighton chapter of Icebergers, Lynch’s sentiments are echoed by the club’s President, Robert ‘Bardy’ Dale: “We get addicted to it; you can’t start the day without it. I just wouldn’t feel right if I went to work without a swim.”

While one of countless open-water swimming groups around the world, the Brighton Icebergers is probably one of the more famous, due partly to the pristine surrounds the club members immerse themselves in daily. But more than just a beautiful locale, the club also offers members a sense of belonging.

“There’s a lot of laughter involved,” says Bardy. “There’s always a bit of repartee in the change room or steam room. There’s nothing better than doing some exercise and walking out with a smile on your face. It’s incredibly healthy.”

Far from an elite club of swimming fanatics, Brighton Icebergers offers this unique experience to people from all walks of life.

Fellow swimmer, Dennis Pickering, adds: “A lot of tradies come down early before work and swim; and then folks who don’t have to rush off to work get down here about 6.30am to 8.30am. There’s an afternoon group that comes in as well.“

Based at the Brighton Baths Health Club, Director Matthew Paynter, takes a philosophical view of the club: “We evolved from the earth; we’re part of the earth. We’re roughly 70 per cent water; the earth’s roughly the same. You feel very centred and balanced when you come out of it. It’s very organic and peaceful.”

Like any group of friends, the Brighton Icebergers have a sense of camaraderie in and out of the water. Long-time swimmer, Melinda Kemp, laughs as she recalls one swim she’ll never forget: “It was a very wild Christmas morning; there were big waves and the water was really murky. I could hardly see anything.

“I suddenly realised, halfway around the breakwater, that a guy called Robbie Robertson was wearing a Christmas hat. I felt like I was swimming with Santa Claus!”

We can’t think of many better ways to start your day than connecting with nature and sharing a few laughs with friends. It’s no wonder the Icebergers are so enthusiastic about throwing on their togs and getting in the drink.

Words and images by converted Iceberger, Mark Gambino.

 

Recommended reading - Warm up recipe book

Recipes

Chai spiced almond milk recipe

A soothing wintry beverage, with just the right blend of spices

Read more
Recipes

Baked Pumpkin, Chickpea and Brown Rice Salad with Crispy Pumpkin Seeds recipe

A comforting winter salad, with an invigorating blend of textures and flavours

Read more
Recipes

Pink snapper and potato cakes with salsa verde recipe

Deliciously light and full of succulent flavour – this is not your average fish and chip shop feast

Read more
Recipes

Coconut roasted pumpkin and apple soup recipe

A hearty, belly-warming soup to rejuvenate and nourish

Read more
Recipes

Quinoa, berry and yoghurt porridge recipe

Blend up a revitalising morning feast – this porridge is bursting with flavour and goodness

Read more
Recipes

Stuffed breakfast mushrooms recipe

Start your day out right with this filling, flavoursome breakfast

Read more
Recipes

Pear crumble tea cake recipe

The classic tea cake gets a fresh makeover from Thoroughly Nourished Life

Read more
Recipes

Pecan, buckwheat, coconut and date granola recipe

Superfoods ahoy! This refreshing, crunchy blend is one sure way to get your morning fired up

Read more
Recipes

Vegetarian laksa recipe

Fill up on colourful winter veggies in a light, creamy laksa

Read more
Recipes

Porcini mushroom and kale buckwheat risotto recipe

A creamy, comforting risotto, full of the flavoursome goodness of mushrooms

Read more
Recipes

Warm coconut and caramel pudding recipe

A soft, wholesome pudding overflowing with natural caramel – now that's our kind of dessert

Read more
Recipes

Chipotle sweet potato soup with black bean salsa

This spicy, fragrant sweet potato soup will banish any thought of the winter chills

Read more
Recipes

Minty lemon and banana hot cakes recipe

What Sunday mornings were made for – luscious, wholesome pancakes, with the perfect amount of zest

Read more
Recipes

Ultimate roasted vegetables recipe

Roast those root veggies with the perfect infusion of herbs and spices

Read more
Recipes

Peach cobbler recipe

Savour the sweetness of this scrumptious, fruity treat

Read more
Recipes

Goji and coconut bliss balls recipe

Bliss out on the super-goodness of these delectable treats

Read more
Recipes

Mushrooms and feta on toast recipe

Wake up to the succulent flavours of crumbly feta, fresh greens, and sautéed mushrooms

Read more
Recipes

Aromatic and spicy Indian lamb curry recipe

Fragrant spices, succulent lamb, and slow cooking at its most nourishing

Read more
Recipes

Quinoa chocolate cake recipe

Soft and succulent, this cake is a decadent delight. Trust us, nobody will guess it's quinoa

Read more
Recipes

Apple and oat pancakes recipe

Warm, oaty pancakes served with rich stewed apples – the perfect way to brighten up your weekend

Read more
Recipes

Shakshuka baked eggs recipe

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, this invigorating, spice-infused dish is a warming feast

Read more
Recipes

Ginger coconut black rice pudding with roasted rhubarb recipe

A vibrant, fruity dessert with a twist of Indonesian flavour

Read more
Recipes

Curried cauliflower soup with toasted chickpeas recipe

The nutty goodness of chickpeas takes this creamy soup to delicious new levels

Read more
Recipes

Winter turmeric elixir recipe

Feel strong and vibrant this winter with a powerful, gingery mix

Read more

For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.