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Butt-Naked Ice Swimming

Updated on January 12, 2017

Ice swimming is exactly what the two words denote: swimming which requires cutting a hole in a frozen crust of ice in order to gain access to a body or pool of 0 °C water. Supposedly ice swimming is possible because the water beneath the ice releases heat, so the water does not instantly refreeze.

Within this sport some swimmers use swimwear, others wear weird costumes like you see on Halloween, and over a third love jumping in the ice-cold water in their birthday suit. I guess, come to think of it, in sub-zero weather swimming trunks would probably not offer much protection from the cold anyway. Before exploring the why of swimming in the nude, let’s learn a little about this freestyle swimming.

Because this outdoor bathing or swimming occurs in the middle of winter and is unusual and sometimes ceremonial, it often times attracts media coverage. In the Furthest Under Ice Swim that is in the Guinness Book of World Records, Dutchman Wim Hof swam 57.5 m. (188.6 ft.) underneath three feet of an ice lake near the Finnish village of Kolari, deep inside the Arctic Circle, on March 16, 2000.

Wim Hof, often called the Iceman for his ability for withstanding cold is well known for running marathons in the snow in trunks and being submerged into ice, He is the only non-monk to have mastered Tummo to control one’s body temperature. Now, I’m sure you will agree that this guy is a true athlete that has dedicated his life to the sport of enduring freezing temperatures. While few have pushed their bodies to the extreme level of Wim Hof, many have endured the sport of ice swimming for 20 years and more. However, sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but butt naked ice swimming will not be a part of this Winter Olympics.

China

I was surprised to see that China participates in ice swimming workouts until I recalled that some regions of China do have cold harsh winters. In northern China, the Chinese brave the ice for good health while swimming takes place in the Songhua River in Harbin. Ice swimming in China started growing in popularity in the 1940’s and includes an estimated 200,000 registered swimmers.

North America

The Coney Island Polar Bears Club is the oldest winter bathing organization in U.S. It was founded in 1903 by Bernarr Macfadden, whose belief was that a dip in the ocean during the winter can be a boon to one’s stamina, virility, and immunity.

Members from America and Canada swim in the Atlantic Ocean. They gather at Coney Island every Sunday at one o’clock sharp, for swimming workouts starting in November through April, and hold an annual plunge on New Year’s Day. Not only do they have fun plunging into the ice-cold waters, but this freestyle swimming team travels as a group, and contributes to charitable fund-raisers as well.

Health Benefits

Based on what you’ve read so far, I’m sure that you are still wondering, “Why some people seem to prefer naked ice swimming while others seem to prefer trunks and or funny looking outfits?” Well, let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of this ice sport to see if a clue might be there.

Advocates of ice swimming believe that this type of activity gives them the four V’s: vim, vigor, verve, and vitality. Members feel that it improves circulation and helps to build up the immune system to protect against colds and flu-like symptoms. In addition, many report receiving a strong sense of well-being and natural high.

Some medical researchers’ studies show that ice swimming workouts can help to rehabilitate injuries and some illnesses, however, there is not much proof that it is effective in preventing ill health. A senior medical researcher who is studying the clinical benefits, Juhani Smolander, states, "In studies on rheumatic diseases, cold treatment reduces aches and pains, and in some cases, depending on the treatment, patients can do without painkillers. It doesn’t cure the disease, but it does relieve the symptoms."

Other researchers have found positive psychological impact: people that immerse themselves in the icy waters regularly say they feel better than those that stay indoors all winter long. Yet another group of researchers states that ice swimming builds self-confidence and raises self-esteem that you can do something that you’re afraid of. Others say they’ve experienced health and beauty benefits such as softer and smoother skin.

Health Risks

Naturally anyone with heart conditions, or any other serious ailment, needs to be careful when attempting ice sports. The effects of the freezing water and the accompanying shock to one’s body might be harmful; therefore one should first talk about this activity with your doctor before descending into the icy depths.

Another risk is ensuring safety when going through the transitions of warming up after one takes the icy plunge. Steps that must be taken to avoid causing the body distress from the drastic temperature changes. Heat causes the blood to rise to the surface of the body while the cold forces the blood back inside towards the heart.

Northern Europe

In Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, ice swimming is a tradition connected with the sauna tradition.

It is not to be confused with the Russian dousing because it is not a religious ritual; it is done as a stress reliever and a means of cooling off rapidly after staying in the sauna for a length of time. Finland is well known for its Avantouinti (ice-hole swimming) Society; their ice swimming season begins in October and goes through February.

Russia

The Russian ice swimmers are called “walruses” instead of “polar bears” and traditions are strong for freestyle ice swimming and dousing with cold water.

Not only are they done for health benefits, but for sports, for the Baptism of Our Lord feast, and as a ritual for the Orthodox Church. Here’s an article written by BBC’s James Rodgers that will provide you with an inside look at the Russian Walrus Club.

Ending Thoughts…

I must admit that seeing butt naked swimmers taking the ice plunge on television was what spurred my research into ice swimming sports. However, I did not find any articles that directly addresses why some ice swimmers prefer to take the plunge butt naked. Because of the revealing nature of some of the pictures and videos I found, I could not post them here, but just Google “butt naked or nude ice swimmers” and you will find what is out on the web. Also Google "Other Polar Bear Clubs & Related Topics" to find links to more clubs and ice swimming activities.

At this point, if I had to provide the reason why an individual would go ice swimming in the buff during cold winter months, I would simply say it's because an individual wanted to do so. I would imagine that their way of thinking might be similar to individuals that choose to moon you or those that just love walking around in the nude.

As with any new exercise program, if you are under a physician's care, please check with your doctor prior to participating in this outdoor game of swimming workouts.

One serious video really caught my attention and hopefully it will raise some thoughts of your own. The video below reflects how global warming has begun to impact the North Pole.

Please participate in the poll below, and comments are always welcomed!

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      Tim 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      They do something like this where I live called the Polar Plunge

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      Andrea 7 years ago from Italy

      If you survive then surely you are strong. :) These guys and girls are crazy. Very funny hub, except the global warming. Very well done Money.

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      dinkan53 7 years ago from India

      Ice swimming really strengthens the immune system.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @bat115 - Bbbbrrrrr, I usually open to trying new things, but I think I will pass on this sport :) I'm curious, have you ever took the plunge?

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @hypnodude -Thanks for the read Hypnodude, I agree with you, only the strong could survive this sport. :)

      @dinkan53 - Hi, dinkan53 it is great to meet you and thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'll take your word on the ice swimming strengthening your immune system. I'll have to admit I'm going to pass on trying this one. :)

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      TattoGuy 7 years ago

      Jeeez no way wud I do that, nice hub moi friend !

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      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      They had "cold plunge" pools along with the warm pools of various temperatures at some of the European spas I went to like in Baden Baden. I opted out. I figured I was on vacation, and only intended to do fun things.

      There's a short piece on therapeuticd use of cold water in the book, 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Health. They said among other things, it was good for blood pressure. It's included in my Books That Impacted... hub. They suggested (for us wussies) to turn off the hot at the end of your shower, and ease your feet and hands under the cold water.

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      I second TattoGuy. I don't have a high tolerance for cold, let alone swimming in cold water! But then again, this is a very interesting hub (especially the pics :D). Thanks Money Glitch.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Tattoguy - Jeeeez I thought if anyone would be game it would be you Tattoguy! :)LOL! I have to agree however, I think I will pass this activity by, except as an onlooker perhaps. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @rmcrayne - RM you are just full of wonderful information. I will be sure to stop by and check out the book. However, I think I will pass on trying this one. Now in the "summer" because it is so hot in Texas, I love taking cold showers. But let's face it the water is not cold. LOL!:)

      But, I just can't even think of how I would begin to intentionally jump into zero degree ice water. Thanks for sharing your insight on this activity.:)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @emievil- Bbbbbrrrrr, I'm getting cold just thinking about it, LOL! Lived in Texas so long that I'm not use to the cold any more either. However, I do like it when it get's cold for the short spans of time like this weekend.:) Thanks for commenting. :)

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      Tim 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Money Glitch - No way will I try this, lol.

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Are they mad? lol

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @bat115 - Hehehe, I just thought I would ask. Thanks for letting me know. :)

      @ethel - I don't know about being mad, however, they are definitely very unique and adventurous. :) Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      alexandriaruthk 7 years ago from US

      oh my cold BRRRRRRRRRRRRR, nice one

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      LOL, Brrrrrrrr indeed! :)Thanks for stopping by and commenting Alexandria!

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      Linda Myshrall 7 years ago

      Hi MG- I just have to wonder... "What are these people thinking?"

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi Linda, Bbbbrrrr I was amazed to find that ice swimming goes back pass the early 1900's so I guess it has been done so long that many see it as a way of life. I would love to read a book that an ice swimmer had written. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      ateenyi 7 years ago from Chicago

      Enjoyable Hub!!!!!!

      Ice swimming definitely enhances immune system. These activities give vim, vigor, verve, and vitality. The water below the ice generates heat that makes the whole scenario to go forward and experience with. There are large numbers of sites across the globe where these games can be experienced and enjoyed at its fullest.

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      Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

      Just recently watched one of these events up close and personal up in Dellwood, WI on New Year's. Though they were all fully clothed, and one guy actually was dressed in some form of armor. It's fun to watch, but I have to say I think the ones who do it are absolutely nuts.

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Every year we also have the Polar Bear Swim - however, I think this year was more like a dip in the hotsprings! Great hub!

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Moneyglitch if you are from the parts of Texas that I've been to this must've been an exotic hub for you to write! In my state of Wisconsin there are many polar bear clubs that jump in on New Years day, I was surprised to hear about winter swim clubs though, that takes it to a whole new level! Also enjoyed your research on health benefits. My brother and I have gone winter camping (I have a hub on the subject) and we threatened to cut a hole in the lake with a chainsaw, but it was -15F or so and just surviving with all our clothes on was challenging enough! Great article, fun angle!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @ ateenyi - Hi ateenyi it is great to meet you! From your comments it sounds like you might have participated within this game. I would imagine that the "windy city" has its own teams.:)

      @springboard - Hi springboard, Hhhmmmmm interesting, wonder what wearing the armor meant (the tin man) LOL! This is truly an interesting sport.:)

      Thanks to you both for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Enelle Lamb - Hi Enelle! Wow,it has been weird how the weather has been hot in some parts of the world that is usually cold and vice versa. I imagine the Polar Bears in your area were disappointed that the water was warm.:)

      @Ben - Hi Ben, you are right I'm in the part of Texas near the gulf were snow rarely occurs and if so not for more than a couple of hours. Sure I've seen nudes skinny dipping in the gulf before but never in the winter time.

      LOL, you and your brother should have just jumped in. There was one video not on the hub, where some ice fishermen took off their clothes and swam from one hole in the ice to another. :) Thanks for commenting!

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      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Delighted to see you "live" again. I have done links to my [therapeutic] ice hubs, and will get you added to the Winter Sports HubMob roundup hub today.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much RM, I appreciate all that you do!

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      antonrosa 7 years ago from USA

      Wow, that has to hurt. A good read!

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      manlypoetryman 7 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

      MG...being from Texas...as yourself...and regretting (on many occasions) jumping into the Rio Frio...or Guadalupe River (Below Canyon Lake dam) in the middle of July summerheat...because of the frigid temps...the first thing that comes to mind is...Why? Why...would anyone do this? Although...I'm sure it helps the bodies circulation...and energy level with all the jitters one must get. Great Fun Hub to read on about Ice-Swimming...but I dang sure know...I ain't never going to try it...For sure...ha! :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @antonrosa - Hi antonrosa thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      @manlypoetryman - LOL, I agree manlypoetryman, the cold waters in the summertime will be as close as I get to doing this one. I just can't imagine how cold it would be do that this in the winter time. Thanks for the read and comments :)

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 7 years ago from France

      I had fun reading this hub, I had been meaning to read it for a while. Ice swimming is something I have never done -yet.

      I think I would like to try it at least once, I can imagine having a big high from it.

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      ajumma 7 years ago

      Thanks for the great article. I will come often.

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      Jacob Darkley 7 years ago from California, USA

      Noice noice, awesome article. I didn't watch all the videos, but just reading it has me excited to try some polar swimming this winter... or maybe I'll wait until early spring :P.

      Jacob

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      Renee S 7 years ago from Virginia

      I just don't get why this is fun for some people. Crazy!

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      Obscurely Diverse 7 years ago from Tennessee, U.S., Earth, Milky Way via Cosmos

      Yikes! Maybe some people find euphoria in this, but I noticed, nobody seems to 'marinate in the moment' for too long...when it comes to these ice diving adventures. They all end up running for some heat, ha!

      I've got icicles protruding from my body now, after watching a couple of these vids; thanks for this warming subject matter! I feel much better now... ;)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Princessa - Alright Princessa, if you do decide to take the plunge, I'm sure you will provide us with a close up story of what this adventure is like. :) I've been surprised by several of my friends that say they would do it; who knows the right place at the right time, I might have a story to tell as well. LOL! I doubt it, but who knows for sure. Thanks for the read. :)

      @ajumma - Hello and thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Jacob - Hi Jacob, it is nice to meet you. If you do please stop back by and share your experience if you decide to take the big plunge. Good Luck on you quest to experience this adventure. Bbbbrrrrrr! :)

      @lovelypaper - People say it improves their immune system, and probably others just like doing it for the thrill. Either way its definitely a cooooold swim. Hehehehe!

      Thanks to you both for stopping by and commenting :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Obscurely Diverse - LOL, yes the vids do have a chilling affect on an individual. I thought that I will probably review the hub again mid-summer when it gets so hot in Texas. :) It is great to meet you Obscurely, thanks for the read and comments. Stay warm :)

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, you have got to be joking! ha ha i hate it when I get into a cold swimming pool! great hub, I enjoyed it. thanks nell

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi Nell, Bbbbbbrrrrrr hard to believe I know.LOL! No, although it may sound really weird it is no joke. There is a large number of people around the world that participate in ice swimming on a routine basis. I think I recall reading somewhere in my research that it was believed to have over a quarter of a million participants and growing. Thanks for commenting. :)

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      john 7 years ago

      BUCK naked.

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      Nicks 7 years ago

      Amazing! I can think of nothing more unpleasant than swimming in icy water. Many years ago I had to do it - and I found it truly horrible. Since then I have sworn never to go into water that was not at least 25 degrees or more! Perhaps, as we get older, we all eventualy become wimps?

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @john - LOL, I get what you are saying john, however, it depends on where you are from. In my part of the country it would be pronounced, "butt neckid", but regardless the idea is the same and in this case the water is ice cold. :)

      @ Nicks, well you know how the ole saying goes, "Older and wiser" :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      fitman 7 years ago from Ankara,Turkey

      this is crazy but I am sure it really helps to strengthen immune system.

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      WritingBoutStuff 7 years ago from USA

      Definitely a very unique hobby. I don't, while it's definitely "out there", it kinda seems like something worth trying once. The ridiculousness of this definitely drives most of the appeal.

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      Fitria Manggiasih 7 years ago from Surabaya, Indonesia

      Wow, i can't believe that. I live in a tropical country which is warm and sometimes hot and i have never experienced living in the area covered with snow. And, i can't imagine if i were that girl who had to jump into the freezing pool. That was great!

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hehe, must be tingling out there, Nice one Money, Maita

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      CoffeeAddict 7 years ago

      I'll definitely freeze out there! Brrrr!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @fitman - Hi fitman, it's great to meet you :) Craaazy, I agree but like you said many swears it boosts the immune system.

      @WritingBoutStuff - Hey it nice to meet you as well :) I must admit when I first wrote this hub, I said absolutely no way. But the more I think about it the more I am intrigued to at least try it once. :) LOL! Maybeeeeee...

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!:)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Fitria - Hi Fitria, I live in a fairly warm climate as well, and it is hard to imagine being in a bikini out in the cold weather not alone jumping in zero degree water. Maybe its sooooo cold you just don't feel it LOL, you think...Hehehe! It's great to meet you and thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @PDH - Hi Maita, LOL! tingling is a good word for it. I guess one tingles once they begin to unfreeze. LOL!

      @CoffeeAddict - Hi CoffeeAddict it's nice to meet you. I think that you would need an extra shot of Joe after a plunge into icy waters.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting...Stay warm! :)

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      That was fascinating. Gee I have trouble getting into a swimming pool in summer never mind going in with ice. I am shivering just thinking about it.

      Great article though. good on them if they enjoy it.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi Eileen, it is nice to meet. I agree with you even in the summer the water can be quiet cool, but once in it very refreshing. It is hard to imagine that one would get that same feeling in ice water. Thanks for stopping by and commenting:)

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      I just had to literally turn my heat up after reading this! haha. I cannot even imagine doing this! Great Hub! Thanks for sharing!

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      mohsinluckyboy 7 years ago from Karachi

      Very nice and amazing photos and videos, i really like it

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      Jersey Jess 7 years ago from USA

      BRR!! Very interesting hub, espeically how they do this in different part of the world. People need to be careful of global warming. It seems as if there's no ice left! And to slip right through there and into the water is so dangerous.

      This reminds me of another situation. My cousin holds annual polar plunges for his girlfriend's sister who has the rare blood disorder Cooley's Anemia. They raise a lot of money, but they still don't have a cure. :(

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @theherbivorehippi - Bbbbrrr I agree turn up the heat. :)

      @mohsinluckyboy - I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. :)

      It's great to meet each of you and thanks so much for stopping by for a read and commenting. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Jersey Jess - Thanks for sharing your insight and experience on butt naked ice swimming. Yeah it is a bummer that the ice is melting even at the North Pole. But, I think it is awesome that your cousin holds polar plunges for charity to Cooley's Anemia. This is one of the coolest things I like about the ice swimmers that most were charitable organizations.

      It's great to meet you Jersey Jess, and thanks for becoming my #200th follower/fan. I really appreciate it! :) :)

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      Leslie A. Shields 7 years ago from Georgia

      Brrrrrr....I love swimming, but in ice.....I'd have to fall in or be pushed =D. Although, I do know that a nice cold shower in the summer is wonderful....Thanks for the hub.

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      Misterlak 7 years ago

      brrr im already getting cold by the thought of it! xx

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      abchs_princess 7 years ago

      No thanks. Tooooo cold!!! Great article!

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      dw1965 7 years ago

      Hilarious brought a smile to my face on a boring day thanks

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @LeslieAdrienne - Hi Leslie, LOL Now that is a good idea, Have someone push you in to get rid of the initial fear. Naaaa, probably would work for me... Hehehe! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

      @Misterlak - I agree, especially since the weather is cold outside I get chilly every time I'm on this hub. It's gonna save on the ole A/C in the summer.... LOL! Thanks for the read and comments. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @abchs_princess - Bbbrrrrr, I agree! Thanks for the read and comments however. :)

      @dw1965 - I agree DW, I had fun researching this hub, and it makes me cooooold and chuckle as well. Thanks for stopping by and comments. :)

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      askjanbrass 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wow, I didn't know there was so much information out there on ice swimming. This post does a great job of aggregating a number of this information and putting it together in relevant chunks and categories. In fact, I had no idea people chose this activity before of supposed health benefits.

      Have you ever been ice swimming yourself?

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi askjanbrass - Bbbbbrrrrrrr, oh no curiosity about the sport is what caused me to research and gather info for this hub. Personally, I can't get pass the idea of feeling ice cold I'm imagine it will feel like a "brain freeze"... LOL! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

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      starrwriter 7 years ago from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

      This is amazing, especially the guy who swam the river while the other guy was skiing beside him. Mind over matter.

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      peter616 7 years ago

      oh it must be fun but chilled idea . interesting post

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      askjanbrass 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I agree, don't think I could ever do it myself!

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      Hey MG, congrats for the 100 hub score :)

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      Epiphany99 7 years ago from TN

      Great post. I often wonder why anyone in their right mind would do such a thing, now I know. Interesting but i would rather visit the Caribbean for my swim.

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      coneybridget 7 years ago

      What the hell.....is the fun all about.....it's just to damn cold for that....i am not convinenced.

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      tdarby 7 years ago

      Just reading this sent me into a near hypothermic state--I am off to have some Hot Chocolate and warm up. Thanks for a fantastic hub.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Wow!

      @starrwriter - Hi Starr I agree it is impressive, however a little sad as well...who would ever think that the North Pole would be melting so.

      @peter616 - Fun and a chilling experience all at once should give one a rush. :)

      @askjanbrass - LOL!, bbbrrrr!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting everyone! :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @emievil - Yea, l00 hub score! Thanks emievil for stopping by, I really appreciate it. :)

      @Epiphany99 - I have to agree right now that it is cold throughout the country a swim in the Caribbean is way more appealing. :)

      @coneybridget - LOL, I guess this one falls within the ole saying "different strokes for different folks," :)

      Thanks so much to everyone for stopping by and commenting on butt naked ice swimming.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @tdarby - LOL, how funny! But I have to agree after watching the vids you do get a chill; it's almost although you brain tricks you in to thinking you were there. It nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by for the read. Stay warm! :)

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      Wade Hartley 7 years ago

      I'd love to try that! I've been making a list of things to do and this is on it - thanks.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi Trademelove, it is nice to meet you. Looking at your avatar, I can see you like adventure and would probably take the plunge. "Go for it!" and please be sure to take vids so that everyone will be able to share in your experience. :) Thanks for the read! :)

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      laswi 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      I enjoyed your videos and photos. I don't think I will ever get a chance of Ice swimming. Anyway, nice hub. Enjoyed.

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      chloe.rivera1980 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      VERY interesting!!! LOve it!

      Chloe

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      Doberman Training 7 years ago

      lol i think they are really mad! i hesitate to enter in the pool when the water is cold.. i could even imagine how they can do that!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @laswi - Hi glad you enjoyed the hub :)

      @chloe - Hello chloe, I'm glad you like the hub as well :)

      @Doberman - I agree Doberman, I think someone would have to push me in and then jump in and pull me out. LOL!

      Thanks so much to everyone for stopping by for a read and comments!

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      Tomono 7 years ago

      Oh, this scares me to death. I don't even like cold air! Brilliant hub though. Made me giggle and show my friends.

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      Carolyn Blacknall 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I agree with TattooGuy. I think 65 degrees is too cold for a pool. Give me a hot tub with steam coming out. Yea, I could handle Butt Naked Hot Tub Swimming. Great hub!

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      Francine Smith 7 years ago

      Money Glitch you have proved there's a Hub Page for anything... According to my husband there's three temperatures for a man. One, where it works. Two, where you want it to work but it won't. Three, it work again ever again. For us girls it's different. And that's why nature made us different.

      You should write a Hub about wearing Bikinis in the snow. I always do. I'm wearing snow bra right now.

      Francine X

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Tomono - Hi Tomono, I'm glad that this hub made you and your friends giggle. I had a lot of laughs composing this one; it is a lot of fun. LOL!

      @Carol the Writer - Hi Carol, LOL, I love it! Now the idea is that you take the plunge and then the hot tub. However, I agree with you and TattooGuy; straight to the hot tub for me :)

      Thanks so much to both of you for the read and the fun comments:)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Francine - ROFL, I'm going to have to remember that one, "the three temperatures of a man". And yes you are right there is something on HubPages for everyone.

      It's great to meet you and I'm glad you stopped by and gave me a laugh. Hhhhmmm, I'm have to investigate the bikini snow idea if no one else has. LOL!

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      missmaudie 7 years ago from Brittany, France

      Money Glitch, you have got to be joking! There's no way you'd ever get me into freezing cold water. Ever, ever, ever. I put my fingers in to hook the ice out of the chickens and goats water but that's it, I'm not going further. Great Hub, I love it!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi missmaudie - Thanks for the chuckle, it sounds like you know first hand about ice swimming with your fingers. Hehehe, even that sounds cold enough for me as well. Thanks for stopping by for the read and sharing your insight. :)

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      HealthFreak2009 7 years ago from Texas

      I got cold just reading this article! Ice swimming is NOT for me but it was fun to read about it!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi HealthFreak, for some reason this hub does have a chilling affect on it's readers, including me. LOL! Thanks for stopping by for a read and commenting.:)

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      Benson Yeung 7 years ago from Hong Kong

      sounds like fun. But, no thanks.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      LOL, Hi Benson, Thanks for stopping by for the read and commenting!:)

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      Those people are insane!

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      Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

      When I was fifteen I was skating alone on a desolate frozen pond on the North Yorkshire moors. Reaching the middle I went through the ice. It was impossible to climb out as there was nothing to grip and I kept slipping back in. I had to slowly break the ice all the way to the edge and pull myself out with reeds. It took an age and then I had a long freezing walk back to school.

      I really have never been so cold ever in my life. I never want to be that cold again. Why anybody would want to immerse themselves in freezing water just seems like madness. Thank you for your hub.

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      bihar 7 years ago from Patna

      sounds like a whole lot of fun. any laws on indecent exposure.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @lender - Hehehehe lender, thanks for stopping by for the read. :)

      @Peter - Bbbrrrrr, Wow Peter, what a story, I'm getting cold just reading about this ordeal. Thanks for sharing your experience. Thank goodness you survived o.k. :)

      @bihar - Hi bihar, some of my friends agree with you, however, I think I'll just watch. :) As for the indecent exposure, I guess if the cops were around at the time maybe you could be fined; but it appears everyone takes a quick dip and then grabs some clothes. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      antonrosa 7 years ago from USA

      Wow, I think I want to try this too!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I really enjoyed reading this. I missed out on some opportunities to go ice swimming/joining the Polar Bear Club as a college student in Upstate New York. I guess it's not too late :)

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      Steve 3.0 7 years ago from Cornwall UK

      Interesting hub, I just couldn't do this. Fun to watch others though, the video clips are great.

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      Paul Edmondson 7 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      We had a polar bear club that we jumped into (clothes on) on Easter in Lake Washington in Seattle. It was cold, but I don't think anywhere near as cold as the icy water above.

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      Moon Daisy 7 years ago from London

      Wow, love it! Those are brave people. But it's making me feel really chilly just watching it!

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      felicitylovespari 7 years ago

      Oh Lord! I get cold just looking at these videos!

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      CarpetDiem 7 years ago from Southern California

      Awesome hub! Your first video cracks me up ("nippley").

      I'm just wondering how much search engine traffic you get for this hub. Do a lot of people search for "butt naked ice swimming"?

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @antonrosa - Go for it and be sure to come back and share your experience. :)

      @dohn - Hi dohn, I'd say it is never too late to try. The nude videos that I can't show here showed some older people still taking the plunge after 25 years. :)So, goooo for it!:)

      @Steve - I really had a lot of fun composing this hub, because the vids of people's reactions are hilarious. :)

      Thanks to all of you for stopping by for a read and commenting. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Paul - Wow, another brave soul that has actually taken the plunge! Bbbbrrrrr! I really like the charitable events and fun that the Polar Bears represent. If I'm ever in a city where these festivities occur in the winter I do want to participate as a spectator at least. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting Paul:)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Moon Daisy - LOL, I've had several people say that it is "chilling" to just read this hub. As a matter of fact, I've experienced the same thing. Stay warm! :)

      @felicitylovespari- Hi felicity, it looks like you and Moon Daisy are having similar experiences. LOL! Sorry for the chilly thrill, hope you can stay warm! :)

      @CarpetDiem - LOL, yeah the "nippley" comment was funny. Unfortunately, I'm not too SEO savvy to answer your question. However,this hub is part of the Winter Olympics games question answered by the Hubmobsters and I think that is why it is popular right now. :)

      I appreciate everyone stopping by for a read and comments; thanks so much for taking the plunge. :)

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      saadcooldude 7 years ago

      thx for the article

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @saacooldude - Thx for stopping by. :)

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      Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I can't even stand to take a lukewarm bath. These people really love to push the envelope to do something outrageous! burrrrrrrr!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      LOL! How funny 2besure! It's great to meet your thanks for stopping by and commenting:)

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      electricsky 7 years ago from North Georgia

      One must be able to stand anything for this feat.

      When and where and why did ice swimming start?

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hey electricsky butt naked ice swimming probably goes all the way back to the ice ages. :) Hehehe, seriously it has been around for a while; over at least a century. Now thanks to Youtube everyone gets to see what others have been doing for years. Thanks for the read. :)

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      bad sector 7 years ago

      :) this is crasy....

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      Massagetherapistf 7 years ago from Carolyns Circle Plano, TX

      Comments are better then the video

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @bad sector and Massagetherapistf - Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. :)

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      webhostings 7 years ago

      this video is very interesting. How can they swim in the ice?? amazing!!!!!

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      willrodgers 7 years ago from Deerfield Beach, Florida

      they do this for fun here in Lithuania

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @webhostings - I glad you enjoyed the videos, it is amazing to watch how different people gather the courage to take the plunge.

      @willrodgers - Hi Will, thanks for sharing your knowledge of butt naked ice swimming. It does seem to be a fun sport that is growing in popularity.

      Thanks to you both for stopping by for the read.:)

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      Gary A Bowles 7 years ago from Los Angeles Area

      What an amazing Hub. Thanks for info. I am from Sunny So Cal. and could never do this but it is fun watching others seemingly enjoy themselves.

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      CarpetDiem 7 years ago from Southern California

      Money Glitch,

      I bow to you.

      I was just checking the top hubs, and this hub of yours still has a hubscore of 100 and is at the very top of heap. This hub is a monster. It is epic. It is TITANIC! :D

      Great job. Steve

      PS. Note the reference to a ship that should not have gone "ice swimming". :)

      PPS. Looks like you've got two spam posts above from "credit cards" and "ram"...

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Gary A Bowles - Hi Gary, it is great to meet you. I'm glad that you had fun watching the vids. Needless to say, I had fun collecting them for this article. This was a fun hub for me and it looks like others have had just as much fun reading it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @CarpetDiem - Hi Steve, you're right that readers like this hub. LOL, cute about the Titanic .:) And thanks for the heads up on the spammers. Every time the hub hits a 100, they seem to attempt to jump on board for a free ride. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a great day!

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      earnestshub 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Wow! I live in Australia, and leap out of the bath like that if it's not hot enough! These guys don't have nervous systems!

      Great hub by the way!

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      NaomiR 7 years ago from New York

      Great hub! I have a friend who goes for an ice swim every New Year's morning and swears by it. He says that it's the perfect way to get rid of a hangover.

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      EricStifel 7 years ago

      I'm shivering just thinking about it, let's get some firewood and start a bonfire... LOL Great hub!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @earnestshub - Hi Earnest, I agree, it definitely would take nerves of steel or a really high tolerance to cold in order to take such a plunge!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @NaomiR - Hi NaomiR! Yeah, I can imagine that taking a plunge would revive one from a hangover, by freezing the brain cells involved. LOL! Just kidding! Any hats off to your friend that takes the plunge every year.

      @EricStifel - Hi Eric, I get a chill as well, when I watch the vids. I did have one reader that said she had to turn her heat up! LOL!

      Thanks to everyone for stopping by for the read and commenting. :)

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      jgw899 7 years ago from Santa Cruz

      Looks fun but soooo dam painful :(

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      johneee 7 years ago from San Jose, CA

      I'd be afraid for my poor nuts haha

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @jgw899 - LOL, never thought about it possibly being painful. Perhaps the numbness will eliminate the pain. :)

      @johneee - LOL, too much info; I can't even comment on that one! :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

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      carlobabel 7 years ago

      I want to participate in this events. Exciting to have bath in Ice, so cool

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      thank for your posting this videos

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @carlobabel and Alex - Thanks for stopping by and commenting on Butt Naked Ice Swimming. The winter is over for some parts of the country, however the thoughts and interest in this hub continues and will probably go through the summer. Again, thanks for the read and have a great weekend. :)

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      PRESIOUSANGEL3 7 years ago from california

      omg!!! that just have to be the funniest sport i have ever seen. thank you for the information. i want to find out if theres injurys to this????

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      Lalulinho 7 years ago

      Fantastic hub, Money Glitch--loved it. One thing I wonder if you came across in your research: I had a science teacher in middle school (who did not seem to like me, but that is beside the point). Apparently amongst scientists who work in the South Pole, there is a "200 degrees club" (I think I remember it being 300 degrees, but that doesn't make sense). Basically, you go from a hot tub of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and you go run outside into the -100 Fahrenheit weather of the South Pole.

      This teacher showed us pictures of scientists in a hot tub and then running butt naked into the cold.

      This is a little different from butt naked ice swimming, I realize, but still... kind of close. And thanks again for a hugely entertaining hub.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @PRESIOUSANGEL3 - It does look like fun, however, I'm sure there are bound to be some injuries. One of the videos I viewed on YouTube showed a couple of guys that could not get out of the water because of the ice. :)

      Another showed a guy that jumped in, but the ice didn't break. He definitely looked like he was hurt. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub, and thanks for stopping by for a read.:)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Lalulinho - I did not see any videos specifically from the South Pole, however what you described is exactly what most of the ice swimmers were doing behind the scenes (alternating between a hot tub or hot house of over 100 degrees and then plunging into the icy waters for a dip and or swim). Thanks for stopping by and sharing your insight. :)

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      Amez 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This Hub is Priceless, I realy found it amazing, I seen so little about the sport really gave me a sense of what it tryly requires to brave the freezing Cold water. I don't think I could even consider it now. maybe when I was in my teens .

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi Amez, I have to say that I think this has been one of my favorite hubs to compose. It is just a lot of fun watching different people from around the world finding enough courage to take that initial dive in. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      traderx 7 years ago from Las Vegas

      I cannot imagine how cold that water is, but I am sure it is quite an experience for those that take the plunge!

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      Gymfroggy 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow! Some really mad people around the world doing stuff like this. The woman on the first video making people count down was hilarious!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @traderx - I agree it's hard to imagine water that is zero degrees. LOL! Just think regular tap water can be too cold to take a shower. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.:)

      @Gymfroggy - I like the first video as well, especially the part about it being "nippley". Thanks for stopping by for a read and commenting.:)

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      The Rising Glory 7 years ago from California

      Another way to say Ice Swimming is Heart Attack! There ain't know way I would do this, but enjoyed this Hub

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      gedeputra 7 years ago from jakarta

      cold game.. he.he.he..

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @The Rising Glory - You are exactly, right I think I do recall reading somewhere in my research that it might to dangerous to anyone with a heart condition. It probably gets the heart pumping really fast I guess. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

      @gedeputra - Yes, it is a different kind of sport. Thanks for stopping and commenting. :)

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      Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Very interesting! I didn't know so many people were into swimming in the freezing cold. Not me!!

      Thanks for a great read - very well done hub.

      Thumbs up!!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      It is very interesting how many people have either taken the plunge into freezing cold waters or would consider taking such actions. Thanks Dorsi, for stopping by for a read and comments.:)

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      Dona Rosa 7 years ago from Tennessee

      Interesting, but not going to try this :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      LOL! Hi Dona, I definitely agree that butt naked ice swimming is definitely not for everyone. Of course as the weather is starting to get warmer this might be a welcomed plunge this summer. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      dongately 7 years ago from Sana Clarita, California

      A very interesting hub. I always thought these people were nuts - I get cold when its under 70 degrees. I'm not sure they are crazy after reading your hub, but they're defintely "different".

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      Alex Valis 7 years ago from Earth

      For a person who live in Greece, your freezing Hub is totally MADNESS...

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I did it once around 1980 at Mount Buller in Victoria had a sauna first then into an iced over plunge pool heart stopped but then i felt a million dollars when I got out ! :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @dongately - LOL! Hi Don, I would have to agree with you that the word "different & or unique" is a good way to describe the ice swimmers. When I first wrote this I just couldn't fathom doing such a thing. But, over the months I'm beginning to get a little bit curious, but still not brave enough to try it. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Big Brother - Hehehe, yeah I can imagine it would be MADNESS to think about in such a nice warm climate. Some people have commented that it makes them feel cold thinking about it...However, that will be a welcomed thought when it gets HOT this summer. Thanks for the read and comments. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @barryrutherford - Alright Barry, I've met another individual that has experienced the freezing ice plunge. Yes, most that have performed this "sport" talks about the great feeling of euphoria right afterward.

      I can't help but wonder however if this could possibly be "brain freeze" like what happens when you drink something too cold. LOL! Thanks for sharing your experience! :)

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      johneee 7 years ago from San Jose, CA

      I had to read this hub again because it was so good. One of my favorite hubs of all time.

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      Angelique Loux 7 years ago from Ohio

      Great Hub,looks freezing!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @johneee - It is a fun hub johneee, as a matter of fact I believe this was my all time favorite one to compose. I laughed and truly had fun all while researching it. Some of the things I found can't be published here of course. Thanks for stopping by and commenting again. :)

      @fullboz - I'm not sure what you are advertising by referencing your personal photo pictures, but it appears illegal; such comments always get deleted. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Angelique Loux - Hi Angelique, Yeah I think it is a definite brain freeze for most; but it might be welcomed later on this summer. LOL! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      TylerCapp 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Nice! I guess that's what happens when you don't get your vitamin D during long winters -- you go crazy and do things like that. I've done similar even though I'm the guy who surfs with a full wetsuit mid summer, if it's the least bit cold. Good hub though. :)

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      marcel285 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting! Didn't even know this existed until now. Must put in on the do before death list.

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      rebu 7 years ago from Coorg,India

      WOW!! very interesting..must try this one..Thnx for sharing.

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      compu-smart 7 years ago from London UK

      Hey MG..

      I was pretty cold before I entered this hub and now im freeeezing!! but at least I now know a lot more about this subject!:D

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @TylerCapp- LOL! Hi Tyler, Hadn't thought about it being a lack of vitamin D that might be the cause of so many people seeking this sport. That's funny! All I know is that the sport is growing in popularity every year. Surfing sounds like fun as long as the water is warmer. :)

      @marcel285 - Hi Marcel, yeah I think I'm going to add it to my death list as well, however, waaaaaay down near the bottom. LOL!

      Thanks for both of you stopping by and adding to the fun comments about this hub. :)

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      Chicagovision 7 years ago from Chicago

      nice

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @rebu - Hi rebu, you go girl, make sure when you take the cold plunge you write about it and let us know!

      @compu-smart - Aaaaah poor little kitty. I know you must be freezing and all that water, yuk! LOL, what a brave little cat avatar, now I really appreciate you enduring the read. :)

      Thanks to you both for stopping by and adding to the fun comments about butt naked ice swimming. :) :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by Chicagovision for a read and comments.:)

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      Ronalded Monson 7 years ago

      Appricate the post. Before exploring the why of swimming in the nude, i have learned a little about this freestyle swimming :)

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      suny51 7 years ago

      amazing

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Ronalded - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

      @suny51 - Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

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      Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I think this could be my 3rd time reading this hub. One day, I promise I will try this. it's on my bucket list now. :)

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      dirnewyorkcity 7 years ago from New York City, NY

      Hilarious. I only tried real cold water (never ice cold) coming out of a sauna. That was fun though.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @festersporling1 - Hehehe, Daniel that's o.k., the important thing is that you get a laugh or see something new every time you visit. I'm thinking of putting it on my list as well. :)

      @dirnewyorkcity - Hi Di, yeah it is pretty funny! Just imagine taking the plunge instead of cold water as being zero degree ice water. Bbbbbrrrrr!

      Thanks for you both stopping by and commenting. :)

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      shareitt 7 years ago

      Holy Cow COLD! What is the motivation I wonder? ;}

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      To live and not die! LOL! Hi shareitt! Thanks for stopping by and sharing the experience of butt naked ice swimming. :)

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      Jim Strutzin 7 years ago

      This looks like a great time! But I can see how it could be harmful to one's body.

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Brrrr

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Jim Strutzin - Hi Jim, I definitely agree that one should be in good shape in order to sustain the overall initial shock to the body. I think I read somewhere that if you had a history of heart disease this probably should not be done.

      @Granny's House - Hi Granny - Bbbbrrrrr, indeed. LOL!

      Thanks to you both for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Sasha Collins 7 years ago from Dominican Republic

      LOL, we used to it in Russia quite oftenly!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Coool Sasha, it is always great to meet and hear from someone that has taken the ice cold plunge. :)

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      Mark Downson 7 years ago

      Lucky you! I have never used to it in Ruassia :(

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      trucking invoice factoring 7 years ago

      What amazing scence! It's an interesting videos

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Mark & t.i.f. for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      dobo700 7 years ago from Australia

      Cool! I didn't know that so many people were into swimming in ice cold water.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hi dobo, it seems that more and more people are beginning to take the plunge. My research revealed that each club was seeing an increase of participants annually. Thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Brrrr. That is crazy. Loved the videos. Thanks for the neat hub

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      LOL! Brrrr indeed. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Bigdaddy2000 7 years ago

      Great hub. I found it to be funny and educational. I had no idea that ice swimming could actually boost your immune system.

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      oohilove 7 years ago from 1530 Page Mill Road, Suite 200, Palo Alto, CA

      Yeah of course i love swimming in ice, while i saw the pics and videos in this article..i enjoyed so much.

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      Di 7 years ago from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

      Looks like crazy fun to me. But I'll pass. Too cold.

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      Dobson 7 years ago from Virginia

      Makes me cold just looking! I am with Aussieteacherm this is not for me! Great hub though!

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      Skin Care Beauty 7 years ago

      Never realized what a sport this is :)

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      OneWhiteSquare 7 years ago from America

      As the great George Castanza once said, "SHRINKAGE!"

      I think every man including a few pornstars would all have what looks like an additional bellybutton after attempting this sport.

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      neculae 7 years ago

      very healthy sport but i can't do it!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @BigDaddy2000 - Hey BigDaddy, those that participate in butt naked ice swimming really believe that it boost their immune, however, this has not been scientifically proven. :)

      @oohilove - Hi oohilove, I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures, and its always nice to meet someone that has participated in this sport. :)

      Thanks to you both for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Aussieteacher - Hehehe, I agree it does look like crazy fun. I think I might try it one day, however, just to say I've done it. :)

      @Dobson - Hi, Dobson, LOL, several people have said that they've gotten cold just reading about it. O.k. I'll let you and Aussieteacher bypass this sport. :)

      However, I do thank both of you for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Skin Care Beauty - Hi SCB, this is one of those seasonal sports that you really don't hear about unless you know someone that participates or see it via the media. Naturally those swimming nude would like to remain discreet, in order not to have a massive audience. :)

      @OneWhiteSquare - Hello, how funny, LOL, I don't know how to respond to that comment...SHRINKAGE...Oh my goodness! Thanks to for the laugh. :)

      Thanks to you both for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @neculae - Hi, neculae, I'm not sure that if I could do it either. But, one day I would at least like to witness the sport in action (people with clothes on preferably). LOL! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Doesn't look like fun to me, I have to say! More like torture.

      Thanks for sharing though. Missed the butt naked part?

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @tonymac04 - Hey Tony, you're right it is definitely not a sport for everyone, and yes, it most likely is torture. :)

      Sorry for disappointing ya, however, HP shut me down for one of the pictures I posted originally and because of Adsense, I could not, put the nude swimmers found on the YouTube videos on this hub. :( Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      sensun 7 years ago

      Ha ha ha ha, this is great. No way I'd do it myself but good on them. Bit of a summer warm beach person myself. It surely got to take a fair bit of toughness to swim in freezing cold water.

      Thanks for sharing this it was great.

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      belliott 7 years ago

      You'll find me in the hot tub!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      LOL! I'll be right there with you belliott! I like the idea of being in a hot and cold environment at the same time. But, I think it would be more fun to sit in the hot tub and watch everyone else take the plunge. :) Thanks for the laugh. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Sensun - Hi sensun, I agree that an individual definitely has to be a little tough to be able to take the plunge. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      The Design Mommy 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      Ha ha, I never thought something like this could be positive to your health. Very interesting read.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      I have to agree, Design Mommy, I know my mother always told me to stay wrapped up and warm. And that such feats as this would definitely give one a cold. :) Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Timeshare Relief 7 years ago

      An ice bath sounds terrible, and, well, it is. But the benefits of an ice bath, when taken cold enough and long enough, will save you from a lot of muscle soreness and potential injuries. On the other hand, timeshare relief provides a ways on how to get rid with your timeshares.

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      ineveryoneheart 7 years ago

      cool one

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Timeshare Relief - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

      @ineveryoneheart - Hehehe, I agree this puts new meaning to "have a cold one" :)

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      webcom28 7 years ago from Indonesia

      by watching, I can feel the cold.

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      kellydove 7 years ago

      great hubs follow me

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      Hub Love 7 years ago from United States

      I think this is absolutely ridiculous. I could never do that. I'm from Sunny South Florida.

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      stevehtcyl 7 years ago

      haha awesome, I really doubt I'd do it though, well at least not swim any distance, maybe jumping in and out would be ok.

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      jtrader 7 years ago

      Some people really like ice cold water. Steam and mineral baths for me any day.

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      True Blue Tips 7 years ago

      Thanks for an interesting and thought provoking hub. It's sad to sea all the sea water that is not frozen at the north pole. I would never swim in ice water however, I have watched the annual New Year's Day Polar Bear swim here in Vancouver. Glad to party with them but from the beach!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @webcom28 - LOL! I know what you mean, I will probably be stopping by for a look myself throughout the summer to stay cool. Thanks for commenting and stopping by for a read. :)

      @kellydove - Thanks you; and thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Hub Love - Well, what can I say, other than 'different strokes for different folks;' Hub Love, however, over 250 million participants of this sport disagrees with you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

      @stevehtcyl - Hi Steve, I agree the idea is fun, whether or not I could take the plunge, I'm not sure. Thanks for the read and commenting. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @jtrader, Aaaahhhh, a nice hot mineral bath does sound nice. I've noticed however, that many spas now offer treatments that entail alternating hot and cold plunges into water. Of course, I'm sure it can't be near as cold as a frozen lake or pond. Bbbbrrrrr! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

      @True Blue Tips - Yes, True Blue, I think it is sad as well that the North Pole is melting, never dreamed that could happen. Wow, to party with the Vancouver Polar Bears (from the beach) sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience with ice swimming. :)

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      World-Traveler 7 years ago from USA

      I can only imagine what it would be like to go but naked swimming. Wow. I am very shy to begin with and my skin would freeze at the first touch of the icy water.

      In opposite fashion, your story reminds me when I walked through the water on the shoreline of the Adaman Sea on the coast of Thailand. The water was very warm and the sand soft beneath my barefeet with the stars shining brightly in the sweet Asian night sky.

      The harks of souvenir sellers at dozens of street stalls harking their wares to the hundreds of international clientele.

      I could hear the music of six discoteques and seventy beer bars in the distance, the odor of jasmine incense snaking its way out the massage parlor windows back on Beach Road.

      One woman screaming in Thai for her boyfriend who had become absorbed by a crowd of attractive streetwalers who were leading him into an isolated part of the beach.

      Illegal gambling yachts could be seen far away from the shoreline and swift hot engined cigarette speedboats were ferrying in shipments of illegal cigarettes. Hoops and yells of Thai kick boxing fans screamed as their favorite plunged near kiling kicks into the body pressure points of his opponent. A rare and bittersweet,liquid mix of sights, sounds and smells of memories of teaching English in Thailand and "Swimming Butt Naked" brought back to me. Thanks!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hhhhhmmmm, thanks for stopping by and sharing your story world-traveler. :)

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very interesting, and very cold swim. GBY

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      elyvalendez 7 years ago from Philippines

      I wanna experience this too. Very interesting!

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      Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      This is a GREAT hub, very entertaining. I think I would try it...really, I would :)

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      Rookie70 7 years ago

      What will people do next, go swimming in fire? These last days have got to be the worse days in history, people will do anything. I suggest prayer and faith to renew the mind, thus, practice good healthy habits.

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      jasonp1982 7 years ago from Tucson Arizona

      This is super funny and makes me want to try it. I wish there was an ice cold pool in my backyard for early morning swims.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @stars439 - LOL, Yes, I agree interesting and very cold swim indeed.:)

      @elyvalendez - Go for it Ely! I know I want to experience this sport as well, just not sure that I have nerve enough to take the plunge. ! :)

      Thanks to you both for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Ladybird33 - Thanks Ladybird, surprisingly there have been more people willing to try this sport than I originally thought. I guess that why the Polar Bears, Walrus, and other clubs like those are increasing annually. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.:)

      @hotelofall - You must be new, otherwise you would know that most Hubbers consider it a little rude to self-promote on their hubs. So here's a newbie tip for you - Most will not tolerate it and will delete your comments and or label you as spam. You get more hub love by leaving sincere comments and letting others find you on their own! :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @hotelofall- Sorry, I had to delete your comments because it had 3 self-promotional links, which is against the rules listed below the comment section. FYI- You get one link to your profile when you leave a comment. Hope this helps!:)

      @Rookie70 - LOL! Yeah, Rookie I have to agree that some people will try anything. I've found another crazy sport like this one, however, there's not enough info on the net about it to write a hub, yet. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @jason1982 - Wow, the idea of taking a morning ice cold swim doesn't sound appealing to me! However, I guess if you're not a morning person, then there's nothing like an ice cold swim to get one invigorated and awaken. So hey, go for it, hehehe! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

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      browsed 7 years ago

      really enjoyed

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      rapiddrynow 7 years ago

      ice swimming really amazing and enjoyable.

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      SunCapsule 7 years ago from USA

      Great article. I remember jumping out of the hot tub as a child and rolling around in the snow then jumping back in. Now that I have moved to Florida for the tanning business I never see snow anymore :(. www.tanningspafranklin.com

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @browsed - Thanks for stopping by. :)

      @rapiddrynow - Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

      @SunCapsule - Thanks for sharing your experience. :)

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      Derek D 7 years ago from United States

      Nice Hub Money Glitch

      I don't know if these folks are just plain crazy or brave souls.......

      To each his own, I guess :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Derek D - LOL, maybe it takes a little bit of both craziness and bravery. Brave enough for the adventure and crazy enough to see it as fun. :) Hehehe, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Liz Elias 7 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Just 4 words to start with: "Brrrrr!! NO THANK YOU!" ;-)

      Great article, but for me, personally, I disagree with even the medical 'advice' about arthritis and such benefitting from cold therapy. For me, cold weather, being cold, or applying ice to an affected area make the pain WORSE, not better! If it hurts, why do it? I'll take a nice heating pad, thank you!

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      Liz Elias 7 years ago from Oakley, CA

      P.S. --watch out for snapping turtles!! ;-)

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      wayne sr 7 years ago from home-East Moline,Il.

      I don't know what to think.Are they crazy or do they really like to do that.I don't think I could do it unless some ones life was at stake.And the global warming effect has affected me a little,I didn't think it was that bad.Thanks for the educational read

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @DzyMsLizzy - For arthritis the purpose of applying the cold therapy is to assist in reducing inflammation and tenderness, and if I remember correctly, one should alternate the hot and cold therapy. However, no one knows what works for an individual's body than that person; so keep on doing what helps your arthritis. :)

      LOL!, I love your comment about the snapping turtles, thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @Wayne - It is a little shocking when you first hear about ice swimming in sub-zero water. In addition, it is amazing that there are so many people from all types of cultural backgrounds that participate in this sport globally.

      I agree it is sad to see someone actually being able to swim in water at the North Pole. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      TheMMAZone 7 years ago from Kansas

      I love the capitalism at work. Did you see that modern igloo she ran into.. love it..

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      ROFL, now that is a different response! But, yes, that is a great example of capitalism at work. And if I'm not mistaken that is where the hot tub was located for them. Just imagine a true capitalist would offer massages and refreshments as well.:) Thanks TheMMAZone for sharing your thoughts. :)

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      ashelsher 7 years ago

      It surely doesn't look like a healthy habit...

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      ldparker10 7 years ago

      i cant believe people do that! I just couldn't!!!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @ashelsher - While many swear by it, my research revealed that people with heart issues definitely should not try this.

      @Idparker10 - LOL, I wonder if you watch others do if the idea would grow on an individual. It does look very cold. :)

      Thanks to you both for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      molson5070 7 years ago from State College, Pa

      haha i wonder if the guy in the last video ever got used to the cold water!

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      retirementvillage 7 years ago from Philippines

      Those people on the photos and videos are amazing...I don't think so I could do that!its terrible(''.)?

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      deancortez044 7 years ago from Las Vegas

      This is cool and funny! Those guys are really hot!having a swimming with Ice Water has nothing to do with their naked body...:-)

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      blackhatworld 7 years ago from Belize

      whoa! this is very cold i guess. freezing! but i want to experience that too. lol

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      jun flores 7 years ago

      nice article, have a nice day

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @molson5070 - Oh sure he did, once your body is half frozen, it can no longer feels the cold water. Hehehe, just kidding, I really have no idea. :)

      @retirementvillage - Hhhhmmmm, time will tell RV, it just might grow on you. :) One of the videos that I could not show here because of the nudity were of an older crowd of boomers that were taking the plunge. :)

      LOL, thanks to both of you for stopping by for a little fun. :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @deancortez - Couldn't show it on the hub, but my research revealed about a third of the ice swimmers prefer to swim nude. You probably right; in sub-zero weather wearing only swimming trunks one would probably wish for clothes unless as you said they were hot. :)

      @blackhatworld - LOL! Sounded as though you were testing the waters with your comments. Hehehe! I just bet you will take the plunge. :)

      @jun flores - Thanks, have a nice day!

      Thanks to everyone for stopping by and sharing thoughts on this adventure. :)

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      Mindfulness 7 years ago

      I heard that the reason to swim without clothes is that when you get out you don't still have the frozen, icy clothes still clinging on to you and keeping you cold.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hhhhmmmmm, O.k. that makes a lot of sense! I guess it would be kinda bad to have clothing frozen to your skin. Might cause frost bite or something :) Thanks for sharing your insight. :)

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      ns1209 7 years ago from UK - England

      Wow well done on this hub! I get cold going into pools e.t.c in the warm weather in spring and summer in the UK! What a strange sport.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Definitely agree that it is a unique sport. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Leptirela 7 years ago from I don't know half the time

      hahaha GREAT HUB...SOME GUTS ...DAMN!!!

      Thanks for sharing - you have a new follower:)))

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Hehehe, yeah this is a fun hub, with a lot of people that have some kinda of crazy guts to take such an ice cold plunge. Thanks for being a follower and thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

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      bytecoders 7 years ago from Spain

      What a cold swimming, can't believe people can swim with all this ice around. I prefer warmer waters.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Normally I would agree but now that temperature is moving up over 90 degrees, a little cold dip might be welcomed relief from the heat. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      aktifistri 7 years ago from China

      Hey heyy!! so good that i discovered your hub now in the summer,so i can just laugh, lol..well, me and my husband are currently live in northern china, in a city called Daqing---only 2 hours by train from Harbin. We visit Harbin frequently especially the Sun Island Park which is in the Songhua river.. and yes the winter here in Northern China sucks! I grew in a tropical country, and by the beginning of my 30s I started my experience with harsh winter..so, it's like a big shock to me..from all-year-long summer region (Indonesia) into extreme climate especially the summer and the winter.. :p

      Reading your hub giving me stronger urge to experience winter time in Finland one day..to experience living with my father in law big family and the coolness of sauna + ice swimming as well.. :D Thank for the great hub, Money Glitch!! Very informative!

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @swimwearplace - you cannot leave a strickly self promotional comment with a link as you did. While you can get some traffic back to your profile. It is prohibited to leave links like you did. See the two line below the comment box.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      @aktifistri - Hi aktifistri, Love your avatar BTW. :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your adventure and experience with harsh winters. Glad you enjoyed the hub and good luck on your quest to spending time in Finland one day. :)

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      aktifistri 7 years ago from China

      you're welcome Moneyglitch! I am now thinkin of making a hub related to Harbin Ice Festival..if there's none yet here on hubpages. If i end up with posting one, then it's inspired by this hub especially when you mention about China's part.. ;) i'll let you know when I post it :)

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Sounds great! :)

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      Swimming dude 7 years ago

      Holy Molly, this is probably the most special sports i have seen, and those guys are full of guts. hahaha, it's so funny seeing this.

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      Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      Junie 6 years ago

      I would love to see this fun in a swimming competition. I wonder how long those naked chick would last in the water. ;)

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      jeanie.stecher 6 years ago from Seattle

      Aw! this could be very painful. One can stop his heart out by doing this. Anyways, just one thought of advice, do not try this at home. =)

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      Mih36 6 years ago from New York

      Now that looks COLD!!!. I would never even ice swim fully clothed lol. never mind naked heh. Great share!

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      @jeanie.stecher - I agree jeanie, no one should be trying this trick at home. It is definitely a recreational sport that one should be supervised and taught to do; in my opinion. Thanks for your comments. :)

      @Mih36 - LOL! I agree, one can get a chill just looking at the videos. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      ryanalldread 6 years ago from Rancho Santa Fe

      This basically sounds like my nightmare hahaha

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      Jov 6 years ago

      it's very cold in here

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      @ryanalldread - LOL, I'm sure that would wake a person up if they were sleepy. :)

      @Jov - Hhhhhmmmm, well at least now you can save on your AC bill. hahaha :)

      Thanks to you both for stopping by. :)

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      Keith Schroeder 6 years ago from Wisconsin

      They take the Polar Plunge all over Wisconsin, usually on January 1st. I must admit I shake my head knowing I will never partake in the sport. Call me old fashioned.

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      LOL, Wow, I forgot how cold it gets in Wisconsin! I imagine the Polar Bears are big there as well. I really had fun researching this hub and would like to do another one, however since HP and Google deemed the content too "sexy" and won't all adsense (go figure); I won't be writing it here. Anyway that's a rank. :( Thanks Keith for sharing your thoughts about this crazy sport.! :)

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      Jemmy-T 6 years ago from Lovely Home

      I live on tropical island, I still can't imagine how they can do it, brrrr ... I already feel the cold.

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      kellydove 6 years ago

      great hub i feel cold

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      bd160900 6 years ago from San Diego

      I don't thin i could do it! I get very cold very fast. But i did enjoy reading this. Thanks.

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      @Jemmy-T, Brrr indeed! I imagine that it would be hard to relate to something so drastically cold if one lives in the tropics. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      @kellydove - Hey Kelly, Isn't it weird, but watching the videos does make one feel cold. Thanks for stopping by. :)

      @bd160900 - I think the only way I could do it would be to have someone push me in and then pull me out. LOL! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub, thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

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      Kamran100 6 years ago

      So nice i really enjoy video..so funny and cool. like this hub,feeling so smile after watching the article....lol

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      I had fun creating this hub and often watch the vidoes to get a laugh as well. :)

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      frontier2002 6 years ago

      Haha that's nice it must be colder than she can imagine before jumping into that pool

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      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

      what a very interesting hub! Thanks!

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      @frontier - Yeah, I'm sure a lot of these people are wrapped in lots of warm clothing before they take the plunge. Thanks for the read. :)

      @schoolgirlforreal - You are welcome. :)

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      Morgan F 6 years ago from USA

      Lol well that sure takes skinny-dipping to a whole new level!

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      LOL, I agree, thanks for the read. :)

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      kingkhan78 6 years ago

      interesting information to hub page community

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks King for sharing your thoughts. :)

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      Suman Bhattarai 6 years ago from Nepal

      This man Wim Hof swam is amazing. I have seen him on Discovery channel and he spend more than an hour on ice with very low sign of hypothermia.

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      sherif 6 years ago

      oh my god

      they are crazy

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      cooperfsu 6 years ago from Valencia, Spain

      Why do people do such weird things?

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      @sumbha- Hi sumbha, I've seen that TV show and it is amazing what he puts his body through and like you said has very low signs of hypothermia. Thanks for the read. :)

      @sherif - LOL, thanks for stopping by. :)

      @cooperfsu - Someone thought it would be fun and others played followed the leader. LOL! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      glasstiger 6 years ago

      Interesting information to hub page community

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for the read. :)

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      Jaynie2000 6 years ago

      I still have goosebumps!! And I'm from Wisconsin! Brrrr!!!

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      Kathy 6 years ago

      If it is in mixed company, I certainly would not object to the males being butt naked but I do think the women should keep their suits on.

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      @Jaynie2000 - Oh, Jaynie, Go try it one time, I'm sure the Wisconsin has an ice swimming group you could try. Hehehe, I'm just kidding. I get chilly every time I'm on this hub. Thanks for the read. :)

      @Kathy - LOL, I think the me would object to that idea. Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Kathy 6 years ago

      LOL, I think the me would object to that idea. Thanks for stopping by. :)

      Money Glitch There are tens of thousand of males that are into this. There is a whole society for it called clothed female naked male (CFNM) and it has 14,600,000 hits on Google while CMNF has only 183,000

      I think a lot of males would love it, they just need our (and societies) permission to do it. I think more women would be into it also if they felt they would not be seen as perverts. We have parties where the men are naked but women are not and the males have often told a few women they are showing too much skin all the time they are totally naked in front of her.

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      O.k. I stand corrected. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

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      Ironracer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Interesting hub with cool pictures! I often take ice baths to soothe sore muscles, but maybe I'll find a frozen lake this winter and try that instead! Cheers.

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Good luck on your quest, depending on where you live, I'm sure you will probably find a Walrus or Polar Bear Club near by. Thanks for the read. :)

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      ANN L. 6 years ago

      i tried that myself too - and i should say that the feeling is awesome! first u can no way believe that u'd do that but once you are in and out - woah.. the feelings everwhelm you! very very cool. and is good for health, in reasonable measures, of course)

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      It is always interesting to hear about first hand experiences of this sport. I imagine once one overcomes the fear of what they are about to do it would be very exciting. Thanks for sharing your insight on ice swimming. :)

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      tritrain 6 years ago from United States

      I've done a "polar plunge" before in Minnesota. I wish I had the view as shown by some of these images. It might have warmed me up!

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      Endless Pools Swimming Machines 6 years ago

      Oh my goodness! This makes swimming at home that much more attractive! ;-)

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      billrobinson 6 years ago from CA, USA

      This can be icy fun! Nice!

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      @tritrain – LOL, I seriously doubt if any images could warm you up after taking “the plunge.” Thanks for stopping by and commenting; it is always nice to hear from someone who has experienced what I’ve chosen to write about. :)

      @endless pools – LOL, probably not much difference this time of year in the northern states. :)

      @billrobinson – Thanks for stopping by. :)

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      amybradley77 6 years ago

      Love this one!! I have seen some people doing this sort of thing when I lived in Alaska, and here near the Great Wallowa Mountains an ever growing group of folks are doing it as well, thanks for bringing up this subject, it's always nice to know that you are not the only person surrounded by insain people, these days LOL!!!

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      CrOrians 6 years ago from Scotland

      Love it! I've always wanted to give it a go! Although, a jump in Mirror Lake at the Ohio State University could be close to ice swimming :) This makes me want to try it even more now!

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      @amybradley77 - LOL, thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

      @CrOrians - LOL, the weather definitely has been cold enough for it this year. Hehehe, I say go for it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.:)

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      Rastamermaid 6 years ago from Universe

      Great hub!

      Like you Money Glitch I'll have to pass on this adventure,not for the freezing ice cold & swimming.

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Just heard that freezing cold dips made the body burn more body fat as well. I guess this would be the time to take a plunge, but blurrrrr I'm just trying to stay warm. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

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      AzikSparx 6 years ago from Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia

      You are unbelievable, fantastic. I don't think my body can do that. I live in Bali, Indonesia with mostly hot and sunny day, sometimes raining but never that freezing. But somehow, after reading your hub, I have strong intention to try. Do you think everybody can do what you did?

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Hi Azik, I've never experience this personally and not sure that I will ever try it. I am part of the HubMob here on HP that writes on different topics and this hub was for the subject of unique winter sports. However, I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. As you can see from the comments many have done tbis sport. :)

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      jillfil0 6 years ago from Houston

      Great hub! You might want to replace the first video from youtube. It appears it has been removed...

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Too bad the first video was really funny, but hopefully the one I replaced it with will create interest as well. Thanks for stopping by for a read and for letting me know about the video. :)

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      nifty@50 6 years ago

      I might try it for like 2 seconds....nah! This is definitely in the spectator category, and Butt Naked Fishing forget about it! LOL!

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      LOL! I agree Nifty, but it is fun to watch and wonder just how crazy and cold it must be. :)

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      Financial Advice 6 years ago

      Ice swimming really strengthens the immune system.

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      The Jet 6 years ago from The Bay

      Lol. What brave souls.... I wanna try this now.

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      Glad you enjoyed the hub. :) Have fun with this bucket list adventure. :)

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      The Jet 6 years ago from The Bay

      Haha. It'll be quite the adventure. Indeed.

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      facebook emoticons 6 years ago

      What an amazing Hub. Thanks for info. I am from Sunny So Cal. and could never do this but it is fun watching others seemingly enjoy themselves.

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      Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

      I agree it is fun to watch others shiver for the initial splash of the cold plunge. Glad you enjoyed the hub; thanks for stopping by. :)

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      RalphGreene 5 years ago

      Wow. Very interesting hub! I really enjoyed reading this. Butt Naked Ice Swimming seems to be really fun activity.Thanks for sharing.

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      Money Glitch 5 years ago from Texas

      I really had a lot of fun researching and writing about ice swimming and I hope to take the plunge one day soon. :)

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      Emoticon Facebook|Emoticons Facebook 5 years ago

      hahahaha, that is hilarious. I cant believe my eyes that people are doing this for fun. I wonder how your Butt would be like after doing ice swimming.

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      workoutdvdworld 5 years ago from Perth

      I don't think I'd b game to try it, but I know there's such a thing as the polar bears club where oldies participate in ice water swimming. I'm sure it must be good for the circulation!

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      sariso 5 years ago

      I go winter swimming at least twice a week. I swim about 50 meters every time. It is refreshing and good for your health. It is very popular here in Finland. A lot of fun, I can tell you :)

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      dobo700 4 years ago from Australia

      I would like to be one of those old men I see walking past my house to go for a swim every day of the year, but I just don't like the cold.

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      winterswimer 4 years ago

      There are several reasons to swim naked. For instance, you need less time to change your clothes, also wet swimsuit after swimming froze more as you have nothing on you.

      Beside practical thinks it's also about feeling nature and be in full body contact with that. Let's assume some winter swimmers enjoy naturism.

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