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Women Celebrate Body Diversity By Taking A Chilly Plunge For International Women’s Day 2019

Updated: May 26, 2021


69 women take an icy plunge in Edinburgh for International Women's Day 2019

Today 69 women gathered at Wardie Bay in Edinburgh for an invigorating sunrise wild swim in sea temperatures of 5.5c, and air temperature of 0.5c. They came in wetsuits, swimsuits, neoprene gloves and other swim kit to celebrate their own bodies and those of women and young girls everywhere for International Women’s Day 2019.

Their message was one of solidarity and Body Positivity.

Organised by activist Danni Gordon of The Chachi Power Project and photographer Anna Deacon of the Wild Swimming Photography Project, the event drew swimmers from all across the Scottish Central Belt, Fife, East and West Lothian.


The women gathered at Wardie Bay in Edinburgh for a sunrise wild swim on Friday 8th March 2019

Among those taking the dip were some of the UK’s most intrepid, high-profile swimmers and adventurers:

Lindsey Cole is currently The Outdoor Swimming Society's first ‘Swim Champ’. She took time out of her current challenge: cycling from Devon to the Winter Swim Championships in Taymouth, Scotland on 9th March, so she could celebrate International Women’s Day in style:

“For me jumping in wild water is like injecting unicorn blood into my veins. It makes me feel wonderful and it’s incredibly addictive. Whatever I may have been feeling before I dip is quite literally washed away as soon as I dunk my head in and totally immerse myself into the cold water, the group I’m with and just being outside and living.”

Gilly McArthur is an accomplished ice swimmer and graces the cover of this months Outdoor Swimmer magazine: