Well I never….realised that the pool at Bondi was the worlds only licensed winter swimming club! Here I was just assuming it was the trendy “insta-worthy” place to hang out at in Sydney. Has quite the interesting history as quoted directly from their website – a little Australian history to wonder at for your Saturday.
“Our Swimming Club dates back to 1929 and owes its origin to the desire of a band of local life savers trying to maintain their fitness during the Winter months.
They formed the Bondi Icebergs Winter Swimming Club, drew up a constitution and elected office bearers. Included in the constitution was a rule that to maintain membership it was mandatory that swimmers compete on three Sundays out of four for a period of five years. This rule, known as the “15B rule” still exists and has been the source of much commentary over the years.
The Bondi Icebergs become licensed in 1960 and the members moved from a tin shed into comfortable premises with bar & poker machines. A further update took place in the 1970’s enabling the Club to operate on two floors.
In 1995 female members were admitted, and in 2002 the Club opened their new premises.
The Bondi Icebergs is the only licensed Winter Swimming Club in the world.”