“Everyone here believes the water has healing powers.
People get in the water and come out different people.” – Larry Rosenzweig
The iconic Brighton Baths has been home to a diverse and passionate community of swimmers since 1881. Our enclosed, outdoor saltwater swimming facility is open year-round to members and casual visitors. Whether you are a seasoned swimmer or just getting acclimated to the water, the Brighton Baths is a perfect venue for swimming laps, aquatic therapy and recovery, or simply a relaxing dip in the sea.
Casual visitors are welcome year-round during our normal operating hours. A Casual Day Pass includes access to Victoria’s only private beach and boardwalk, iconic sea baths, full-service change rooms inclusive of shower facilities, and the option to rent a towel or locker. Contact us for casual day pass options and pricing.
In staying true to our historical roots, we have a diverse and passionate community of dedicated swimmers at the Brighton Baths Health Club. Since our inception in 1881, this has been the home base of the infamous winter swimmers, the Icebergers.
This diverse group of swimmers is always welcoming of newbies – encouraging participation and enjoyment, not competition. Although they are notoriously known for swimming in the icy bay, this social group does swim year round meeting every Saturday at 8:00am.
Every Iceberger has a different methodology of how they get into the cold water – some stand under the heaters just before briskly walking down the boardwalk, some plunge into the icy waters before they have time to think about it, and others like to wade in the water while their body acclimatises. No matter the method to their ‘madness,’ the outcome is just the same – pure bliss and liberation.
Brighton Baths Health Club is a hidden gem I didn't know existed! Escaping for a swim after work has been my saving grace to break up my week. I owe my sanity to the Baths. Friendly staff and lovely environment. It can't be beaten. The Group Classes give me accountability and community!
- Sarah Hamilton
The thing I really love the most about the Baths, is it is the closest thing to nature by way of proximity to where I live. A swim in the bay enables me the time, space and silence to think and contemplate, a most welcome outcome in today’s fast pace and connected reality. Each day the bay presents different conditions and tides making swimming at the baths something I will never tire of. I would say that I am now somewhat addicted and I look forward to swimming in the bay for many, many more years to come.
- David Rubin
I love being a Brighton Iceberger. My swim is so good mentally and physically. The facilities, the like-minded people you mix with make it a happy experience. I’m 82 but don’t feel old and I put it down to being an Iceberger.
- Jan Tozer
“It’s a way of life. If you miss it you feel like your whole day has been ruined. It certainly gets you up and running for whatever is in front of you. I believe a healthy body equals a healthy mind – the more you exercise, the more vital you become and a better lifestyle you’ll have. If you look after yourself and do plenty of exercise life becomes a whole lot easier. It’s kept me alive.”
- Keith Forbes, Brighton Baths Iceberger
As a society we are progressively shifting back to a more holistic approach to health and well-being. Intrinsically, we know about the healing benefits of being in nature, and it’s for this reason that more and more swimmers are moving towards open, natural water. Natural water is said to have natural healing properties, and is known for relieving physical, emotional and mental ill-health. The healing properties of natural salt water are even more apparent in winter as the term ‘cold water therapy’ comes into play – usually coupled with our therapeutic aromatherapy steam room.
Each individual has their own reasons for swimming in cold-water, but one thing remains consistent across all stories: A passion for rejuvenation and a deep sense of healing. As the weather heats up, our boardwalk and sea baths become a sanctuary from the heat and crowded public beaches. Some of the benefits our swimmers experience;
Meet Larry Rosenzweig. At the age of 47 Larry was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. His story of healing through cold water therapy is nothing short of a miracle.
In an article published in the Bayside Leader, they described witnessing Larry before and after his ice-cold daily swim as humbling. Before his swim he “hobbles stiffly to the water, dragging one foot and leaning on two walking sticks.
But after his 40-minute swim in the 8C seawater, he is then able to walk briskly around the boardwalk, and the difference is staggering.” Larry says, “Mentally it’s my happy time — I can get out of the water and climb the stairs properly. It reminds me I can still walk, I haven’t forgotten. I just have this unfortunate interruption.”