On March 9th the Olympic Aussie Sharks took on an International All-Stars team at the Bondi Baths. While the name of the famous pool may be new to some folks, many will recognize the stunning location from its popularity on social media. These elite athletes took on the challenge of competing among crashing waves and the constantly changing push and pull of the water -- and they seem to be loving it.
The gorgeous saltwater pool, carved into the cliffside, allows the ocean waves to crash over the pool wall creating a truly unique swimming experience.
Located in Sydney, Australia's beautiful Bondi beach, the Bondi Baths date back to 1929, when local rescue works needed a place to stay in tip-top shape during the winter months. These men later became the Bondi Icebergs, an intense group of swimmers who were required to swim three out of every four Sundays in a month -- from May to September -- for the next five years to guarantee their membership.
Check out the amazing water polo match below:
In the 1960s, the Bondi Icebergs became a licensed swim club and is the only licensed winter swim club in the world. In 1995 the club opened its doors to women allowing for a co-ed team.
Since its opening, the Bondi Bath's have expanded to include a bar, poker machines, and now a second floor.
Currently, the Bondi Icebergs' winter swimmers are still going strong with a very strict vetting process. To become an Iceberg you'll have to be recommended by a current long-time member and seconded by another. If you miss one of the three Sundays a month that you are required to swim you must submit a written excuse by the end of the month. If not, you could face a suspension for up to 12 months!
For those not looking for a membership the pool is open to the public all year with a small fee for entry.
If you ever find yourself in Sydney this is definitely a must-see, for directions click here.