Whitby Wild Swimming group was set up in May this year and meet twice a week at either Whitby or Sandsend.
The group has members with a range of abilities from people who have never swam in the sea before to a former channel swimmer.
Most of the group are working towards ‘skin swimming’ where only swimming costumes are worn rather than wetsuits.
The group swim each time they meet unless sea conditions prove to be too hazardous.
Sea swimming is said to benefit health by increasing the metabolism, boosting the immune system, improving circulation and the cold water stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system which is responsible for repairing the body.
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