Australian Winter swim club begins a new season for "The Blubbers"
Pearl Beach is an hour's drive north of Sydney, it is home to a Heritage listed 'tidal sea pool' and the wonderful "blubbers." Since 1969 the Umina Blue Swimmers Mens Winter Swim Club (the Blubbers), has braved it's icy waters.
Ever wondered what happens to those bronzed Aussie surf lifesavers when they are no longer buff enough to strut a beach in Speedos and cap? Every Sunday of the Southern Hemisphere Winter from May to September, you'll find the answer at the leafy enclave of Pearl Beach. Since 1969, members of the Umina Blue Swimmers Mens Winter Swim Club have gathered here at the public pool to test their manhood and chew the fat with friends. The tidal swimming pool was built in 1929 and is one of only six remaining in New South Wales. As current Club President Neil Denham explains, "It is one way for us to keep fit but it's more about hanging out with your mates." The Club motto is "Swim Cold- Stay Hard." This is the first meet for the 2012 Winter season. A handicapping system allows the old, young, buff or fat to compete against each other in the 30 metre pool and beat their personal best times. In the depth of Winter the water temperature can drop to a chilly 12 degrees C. What is the annual prize at the end of a cold Australian winter that the 48 Club members are chasing? A glass beer mug trophy of course.