It seems like quite a while ago that Jack Bright, winter swimmer and director of the film Extreme Winter Swimming, was raising money through the website IndieGoGo to finish the film. After watching the trailer and being completely amazed, I chipped in a little money to help get the film made (my name even shows up in the credits!). Here is the trailer:
I got an email a week or so ago that said the film had been finished and that the DVD's would be shipping out soon. Today I got my copy in the mail and I couldn't wait to watch it!
It is a short film, only 29 minutes long, but is very well made and I thought it was incredibly interesting. It follows the history of winter swimming in the Czech Republic, including a modern day winter swimming club. These guys are swimming in water that is 4 degrees Celsius (39.2 degrees Fahrenheit) and below. They even have organized winter swimming races of up to 750 meters.
I was really impressed at how well organized the group is and how many people show up to participate in and watch their events. There is even a cheer that they yell before the races and a christening ceremony at the start of each season. I noticed a large percentage of swimmers swimming breaststroke, which I thought was interesting. I have yet to get in water that cold and am curious to see how my body will react.