When weather caused havoc across the UK, some hardy souls embraced the cold by going for a (quick) dip.
One brave swimmer is taking a dip a day throughout December in the rivers of Surrey and Berkshire, and finding ‘the nip of the water and the zing of a swim is quite addictive’
Photographer Alex Voyer and friends swim illegally in the city’s canals – mainly Canal de l’Ourcq – whether it’s day or night, summer or winter
A world away from Florida’s crowded water and theme parks, the 900 springs that bubble up into the state’s streams and rivers provide stunning oases for swimming – and in winter you’re likely to have them to yourself
There’s something for everyone at the cold water swimming championships at the lido in Tooting, south London: medals for the fastest, an award for the best hat and a mass jump-in in aid of Crisis, the homelessness charity
Misool, off West Papua, is surrounded by coral lagoons. It also hosts pools where visitors can swim with thousands of beautiful and harmless jellyfish
The cold water and tricky currents of San Francisco Bay make the crossing from Alcatraz a daunting one, but a group of expert guides is helping hardy souls complete the ‘impossible swim’
For those who like to take a dip after a day of exploring (or a night partying), here are some of the best hostels with their own swimming pools