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Busting Myths About Swimming in Winter and its Benefits

Updated: Oct 3, 2023


Once shrouded in apprehension and misinformation, swimming in winter is increasingly recognised for its health and wellness benefits. However, several myths persist, creating unwarranted fear and scepticism.

The frost-kissed ambience of winter, a period often marked by hibernation and introspection, is seldom associated with swimming. However, this season offers a unique and conducive environment, especially for beginners with some phobia of swimming in winter, often with rooted thoughts linked to sickness.

Girl in the pool in winter
Simona swimming outside in winter

This article goes into the depths of swimming in winter, even for beginners, discussing the benefits and strategies to overcome water-related fears and mindsets and busting the myths once and for all. Let us know in the comments if you believed some of the myths until now.

Myth 1: Winter Swimming Causes Colds and Flu

Fact: It's a common misconception that cold weather or water exposure causes illness. Colds and flu are caused by viruses, not by cold temperatures. Swimming in winter can boost the immune system, potentially making swimmers less susceptible to illness.

Myth 2: It's Too Cold to Swim in Winter

Fact: With the availability of heated indoor pools, swimming in winter can be a comfortable activity. Gradual acclimatisation to colder temperatures can also help reduce perceived discomfort over time.

Myth 3: Swimming in Winter is Only for the Young and Fit

Fact: People of all ages and fitness levels can enjoy swimming in winter, provided they take appropriate precautions.

Myth 4: You Can't Burn Calories While Swimming in Cold Water

Fact: Contrary to this myth, swimming in cold water can increase calorie burn. The body works harder to maintain core temperature in colder environments, which can result in a higher metabolic rate.

Girl entering pool in winter
Aigera and Winter Scenery

Benefits of Swimming in Winter

Mindset Change

Indeed, embracing a winter swim can initially seem daunting due to preconceived notions associating cold weather with illness, but your perspective can be reframed through a mindset shift. It's crucial to remember that being cold does not cause sickness; exposure to viruses does.

Health and Wellness

Physical exertion helps release endorphins, which combat depression and elevate mood, while regular exercise strengthens the immune system, making the body more resilient against winter illnesses. Swimming in winter can boost your immune system and improve your overall health.

Controlled Environment

Indoor pools offer controlled temperature and water conditions, enabling beginners to build confidence and learn vital skills without the interference of external elements. With indoor heated pools, one can swim comfortably without excessively chill even in winter.

You may add that all the viruses and bacterias are in the water from all those people swimming in it. Sure it's a possibility, but water in pools is full of water cleaning technology, leaving only a little chance for survival of viruses and bacterias in the pool water.

Couple in the pool
Swimming in Winter CAN BE FUN

Contemplating the fact that the same water technology used by hundreds of people in the summer doesn't elevate people's sickness at the season, but in winter suddenly this technology fails. Let's bust this myth. Our collective immunity is getting weaker due to our comfortable lifestyles and not by water in the swimming pools in winter.

Preparation for Summer

Beginning swimming lessons in winter ensures that individuals are well-versed in swimming by the arrival of summer. This timely acquisition of skills allows one to partake in various water activities with newfound confidence and enjoyment and enough time to learn.


Swimming in winter is a transformative journey. The environment of indoor pools, coupled with tailored coaching and positive reinforcement, helps in metamorphosing fear into a passion for swimming. It's about unlocking a realm of aquatic adventures and holistic well-being, making winter a period of rejuvenation rather than stagnation.

Shedding the myths surrounding swimming in winter opens up a realm of possibilities for enjoying and benefiting from this activity year-round. It's essential to stay informed with facts and not dogmas. The mental and physical benefits it offers make it worth considering as a regular part of one's wellness routine, regardless of the season.

If winter's chill has been a barrier, it's time to rethink and dive into the world of swimming. Reach out to us and start your swimming adventure, transforming your fears into strengths and opening doors to a healthier, more fulfilling life.

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