Mac & Mac's Pick: Freezing swim in Poland

By WEEK Reporter

November 26, 2012 Updated Nov 26, 2012 at 11:32 PM CDT

BRZEG, Poland -- Just another day for a group of just normal folks...who think bathing in freezing temperatures is a normal idea.

Over two hundred people from across Poland took part in a special swim in the freezing water of the village of Stare Jablonki yesterday.

The youngest swimmer was six years old and the oldest over 80.

Many of the participants wore fancy dress with a vampire, the cartoon character Pink Panther and others among the swimmers.

The ice-cold bath in Jablonki in the south-east of the country, is the biggest event of this type in Poland.

Every swimmer has got their own reasons for taking part.

Some do it for health, some treat it as a part of rehabilitation.

Everybody stressed though that the most important part of swimming in cold water is a proper warm up.

Some complained that the water temperature of 39 degrees Fahrenheit was too high and were waiting for the real winter and temperatures 14 degrees Fahrenheit and lower.