Muscling In On The Fun At Venice Beach

Muscling In On The Fun At Venice Beach

Muscling In On The Fun At Venice Beach

Courtesy of Venice Paparazzi and Kathryn Iannucci, SCAQ, Venice Beach, California.

If there is any day on the global open water swimming calendar where the most number of open water events are held, it is probably on New Year’s Day when many charity and fun Polar Bear Swims are held around the world.

Just steps from the famed Muscle Beach, a Polar Bear Swim is annually held on Venice Beach. The 60th Annual Penguin Club Swim will be held on January 1st 2020.

The Penguin Club Swim includes a 50-yard Ocean Dip and a more serious 400-yard offshore course organized by Southern California Aquatics. Kathryn Iannucci explains, “For 60 years, New Year’s Day swimmers have gathered to start at the Venice Breakwater at 12:00 noon. Registration begins 11 am at the beach. Wetsuits are welcomed if you wish.

To cover lifeguard protection and the event permit, we are asking everyone for a US$10 donation. T-shirts are another $15, so bring $25. Hot chocolate is part of the bargain

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