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Britain's oldest swimming club takes a chilly dip in Hyde Park

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A man showers after swimming in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A man prepares to swim in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People swim in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A man swims in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A man prepares to swim in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People prepare to swim in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A man leaves the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A woman swims in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A man swims in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People enter the Serpentine swimming club changing rooms in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A woman prepares to swim in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
People swim in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A woman leaves the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A sign recording the temperature of the water in the Serpentine Lake hangs in the Serpentine Swimming Club changing rooms in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A man dries himself after swimming in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A man swims in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A woman prepares to swim in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A man leaves the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A man prepares to swim in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
A woman prepares to swim in the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park in London, Britain, April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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LONDON, April 6 (Reuters) - Away from central London's hustle and bustle, a group of intrepid swimmers from the Serpentine Swimming Club (SSC) complete a morning ritual of plunging into the chilly waters of Hyde Park.

From 6:30 a.m. (0530 GMT) each day come rain or shine - or even ice - members enjoy the refreshing temperatures of the Serpentine Lido while others start their commute to work, sharing the dark waters in one of the city's largest parks with a few inquisitive swans.

On Thursday, a blackboard by the side of the pool warned the waters were a cool 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) with a dog watching from the pontoon as the swimmers jumped in.

"Swimming pools are hot, sweaty, there is a lot of noise. People who like swimming usually like swimming outside," the club's President Robin Hunter Coddington said. "We don't like wetsuits."

"If you like swimming, the fewer clothes the better."

The SSC is the oldest swimming club in Britain, the Royal Parks said, with the club organizing races on Saturdays for potential new recruits. (Reporting by Marine Hass)

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