To mark International Women’s Day, around 700 brave swimmers plunged into the bracing North Sea at Portobello Beach – raising thousands of pounds for Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis and Held In Our Hearts.
The International Women’s Day Swimrise was organised by Anna Deacon, author of the wild swimming book Taking The Plunge, among others.
Posting on Twitter, Anna wrote: “An absolutely beautiful morning at Portobello, Edinburgh swimming on International Womens’ Day. We have raised thousands so far for Womens Aid, Rape Crisis and Held In Our Hearts with more donations pouring in. Amazing turnout, around 700 people #iwdswimrise2022”.
1. Huge turnout
Over 700 women gathered at Portobello Beach to take part in the event. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) Photo: Jeff J Mitchell
2. Taking the plunge
Portobello Beach has long been enjoyed by wild swimmers. There's something invigorating about plunging into the cold waters that leads to people flocking to the beach even on Christmas day. Swimmers tend to paddle parallel to the shore, taking in the beautiful stretch of sandy beach and promenade. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images). Photo: Jeff J Mitchell
3. Beautiful sunrise
There are plenty of well-established groups of sea swimmers at Portobello and surrounding areas. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) Photo: Jeff J Mitchell
4. Getting their kicks
Wild swimming (also known as open water swimming) is becoming more and more popular as a way to relax, unwind, and get back to nature. It’s also said to have great health benefits. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) Photo: Jeff J Mitchell