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Welcome to the Brighton Icebergers

Welcome to the home of the "Brighton Icebergers", the year round open water swimming group founded by John Locco – sea temp in Winter 7 – 12 deg C rising to 22 deg C in Summer.
The Brighton Icebergers, with much history behind them, have access to two great facilities for year round swimming.

In the 1980's when John Locco, the prime mover in the preservation of the Middle Brighton Baths and environs began swimming around the Brighton pier with his great mate Robert Hooper, little did he envisage how the number of swimmers would grow, events multiply and sorties undertaken to compete in ocean swims around Victoria and the Globe..Read More..
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2011 photo  2010 by Jenny Roberts Thompson 2009 by Andrew Miller 2008 by Jenny Roberts Thompson 2007 by Andrew Miller
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Recent posts

Beyond the Tip

Iceberger Don Warner has recently published a new book about the Brighton Icebergers, called Beyond The Tip Tales of the Icebergers of Brighton.

The book is 230 pages long, with 228 photos and chronicles the swimming histories of 152 Iceberger swimmers. In addition, the book also includes numerous full colour photos of certain Iceberger events, some very 'cool' and very 'cold' places to swim and other information pertinent to our hardy winter swimming group.


And did those feet

As another winter approaches let us remember the Icebergers who have left us to swim..  Lyrics by Ted Baillieu;

And did those feet in ancient times
walk upon Brighton's bravest pier,
And did the holy speedo god
in Brighton's freezing water cheer,
And did his countenance bovine
shine forth upon those ageing crocks,
And was icebergery founded here
around these dark volcanic rocks,
Bring me my cap & rubber-hood,
Bring me my budgies of desire,
Bring me my gear, I'm feeling good,
Bring me the sauna and then fire,
I will not cease through wind or wave,
nor shall the cold hold any fear,
Till we have swum all temperatures
in Brighton's winter water clear..

And Did Those Feet In Ancient Times... from Brooksy Films on Vimeo.

Swim courses

Heat map of swim courses (from strava):
Courses below with distance, popular course underlined.
High and low tide mark distance difference: 16 m.  This means each course measurement I've given you is +- 32m  !   Which means when you wade in the water as we all do, it is plus or minus 40 m. 
Yellow triangle - 691.22 from the hide tide mark:

7:30am pole 3 - 820m return from the high tide mark.
Pole 4 return: 1,003.32m

It a Corner Wide Return 1,142.7m

Starters hut return - 2 x 618.64=1,237.28 from high tide mark

Health & Safety - resuscitation and rescue

click below to play instructional videos.

Resuscitation   2 Person

Board Rescue   Unconscious Patient

12   Resuscitation   4 Person including Oxy Viva and Defib

Safety cupboard

The safety cupboard contains the following emergency contact numbers, equipment and suppliers as below.  It is accessible with a key - further details to be updated here on access very soon - (21/05/18)..


HYPOTHERMIADr Mind, Dr Body, Dr Eye 2016 What is hypothermia?Hypothermia is defined as a body core temperature less than 35 C.Decreased consciousness occurs when the core temperature falls to approximately 32 to 30 C.Normal body temperature is 37.2 C Who is at risk for developing hypothermia?WE ALL ARE!!!BUT particularly….people under 16 and over 65 alcohol use: alcohol makes you feel warm inside, but causes blood vessels to dilate, causing increased heat loss, and can upset thermoregulationmedical illnesses that affect sensation in extremities eg feet  and medications dehydration and jetlag Swimming in cold waterIn cold water, heat is conducted away from the body and transferred to the water.Heat is lost very  quickly, 25 to 30 times faster  in water than air.Swimming ie activity further increases heat loss (increase by 35-50%) How long can a person survive in cold water? Water temp // Exhaustion // Survival
4C-10C // 30 to 60 min // 1 to 3 hrs
10C-15C // 1 to 2 hrs // 1 to 6 hr…