Brave Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club members take a dip on the shortest day of the year

BRAVE SOULS: Members of the Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club after their cold dip at Horseshoe Bay.
BRAVE SOULS: Members of the Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club after their cold dip at Horseshoe Bay.

The annual Port Elliot Surf Life Saving Club Solstice Swim followed much the same pattern as last year.

Without the use of a club rooms, which are in the process of being built, hardy participants had to get changed in the car park, cooled down by a brisk easterly breeze blowing off the water. As the sun dropped behind the hill the air temperature seemed to drop by the minute.

At 4.30pm sharp on June 21, having just been photographed for prosperity, the enthusiastic group took to the water - slowly.

Attire ranged from wet suit plus hood, gloves and booties, to simple bathers and cap.

One of the participants, Marty Smee said it was a tradition that members wanted to keep going.

"We accumulated at the end of the jetty and compared notes on how cold we felt and then set off for the buoy. After about 50 minutes, bodies became acclimatised and the pace picked up," Marty said.

"There was even some jostling recorded. After gathering at the buoy, the group set out to the pontoon. Here some chose to swim in and others returned for another lap.

"Later the group adjourned to a local 'watering hole' for a debrief and thoughts turned to 2022 when we will have a new club rooms with hot showers and comforting bar."

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