Davis sea baths

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This week at Davis: 29 June 2012

At 1200 we gradually made our way down to the sea ice in front of the station to take the traditional dip in the Davis Sea Baths

The 2 metre square baths had been cut into the 1.3 metre thick sea ice and waited invitingly with plenty of attendants regularly skimming the freezing surface ice from the top to keep it clear. The water temperature was measured at a stable minus 2°C, relatively warm compared to the minus 20°C of the air temperature.

One by one we stripped down to our swimming gear and donned the harness to take the plunge despite the hundreds of small hungry copepods that were clustering around the ladder. 

Following the dip it was a quick dash to the changing room, a warming schnapps from Mel on the way, dressing as rapidly as cold and wet fingers would allow to cheer the next person on.

Most went in and out without loosing anything except Chris whose GoPro camera ended up at the base of the ladder in a 4 metre deep pool. Luckily we have echinoderm scooping experience on station, which paid off, and soon the camera was rescued from a watery grave. Sadly it had landed face down. We could have had the top photos of the winter!

Davis midwinter swim 2012 - Collage of Darryl Seidel
Darryl Seidel
(Photo: Various)
Davis midwinter swim 2012 - collage of Stephanie MacDonald
Stephanie MacDonald
(Photo: Various)
Davis midwinter swim 2012 - collage of Nick Chang
Nick Chang
(Photo: Various)
Davis midwinter swim 2012 - collage of Jose Campos
Jose Campos
(Photo: Various)
Davis midwinter swim 2012 - collage of Ali Dean
Ali Dean
(Photo: Various)
Davis Midwnter Swim 2012 - Steph and Jose pre-swim
Steph and Jose pre-swim
(Photo: Tom Luttrell)
Rob Cullen and Stephen Edwards Davis 2012 posing at red vehicle
Steve and Angry keeping an eye on proceedings
(Photo: Greg Wilson)
Davis Midwnter Swim 2012 - collage of Jan Wallace
Jan Wallace
(Photo: Various)
Davis Midwnter Swim 2012 - collage of Rob Cullen
Rob Cullen
(Photo: Various)
Davis Midwnter Swim 2012 - collage of Chris Hill
Chris Hill
(Photo: Various)
Davis Midwnter Swim 2012 - collage of Timo Viehl
Timo Viehl
(Photo: Various)
Davis Midwnter Swim 2012 - collage of Adam Christensen
Adam Christensen
(Photo: Various)
Davis Midwnter Swim 2012 - collage of Cathie Young
Cathie Young
(Photo: Various)
Davis Midwnter Swim 2012 - collage of Joe Glacken
Joseph Glacken
(Photo: Various)
Davis Midwnter Swim 2012 - collage of Linc Mainsbridge
Linc Mainsbridge
(Photo: Various)
Davis Midwnter Swim 2012 - collage of Scott Beardsley
Scott Beardsley
(Photo: Various)
Davis Midwnter Swim 2012 - collage of Tom Luttrell
Tom Luttrell
(Photo: Various)
Davis Midwnter Swim 2012 - collage of Greg Wilson
Greg Wilson
(Photo: Various)
Davis Midwnter Swim 2012 - collage of Mark Coade
Mark Coade
(Photo: Various)
Davis Midwnter Swim 2012 - Camera being scooped from the swim pool
GoPro recovery operation
(Photo: Greg Wilson)
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