4 Apr 2021

The real risks and health benefits of cold-water swimming

From Sunday Morning, 8:12 am on 4 April 2021

Cold-water swimmers have long been known for espousing the benefits of taking cold-water dips. And with Covid-19 seeing many public pools temporarily closed, soaring numbers are taking to rivers, lakes and the sea to get their swimming fix. But is it all good? New Scientist writer and ex-Antarctic biologist Alison George has investigated whether cold-water swimming is actually good for you.

 New Scientist writer and ex-Antarctic biologist Alison George.

New Scientist writer and ex-Antarctic biologist Alison George. Photo: Supplied