Cool as ice

A few dozen hardy swimmers have taken the plunge at Geneva's main outdoor pool for their first swim of the year.

This content was published on January 1, 2008 - 17:45

The temperature of the water at the city's Bains des Pâquis on New Year's Day was officially four degrees Celsius.

The brave swimmers were rewarded afterwards with a glass of champagne.

Taking the plunge in extreme conditions is a tradition in Geneva. A few weeks ago, around 700 swimmers dived into the Rhone River for the 70th annual Christmas Cup, a 125-metre race against the clock and freezing temperatures.

Articles in this story

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Sort by

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.

Discover our weekly must-reads for free!

Sign up to get our top stories straight into your mailbox.

The SBC Privacy Policy provides additional information on how your data is processed.