An Irish Ice Bath

Posted By: MariaPalarino
Posted On: September 9th, 2019
Attending: Waterford Institute of Technology

I’m a big baby when it comes to ice baths… I hate taking them. But after our first two preseason games this weekend, our bodies needed some sort of recovery. One of my teammates suggested that we go for a swim at the Guillamene. I didn’t know what that meant and figured that it was a pool or something. It turns out, it’s actually a popular swimming spot in the Irish Sea.

When we first arrived to the spot, we were greeted by a sign that read “Men Only.” Apparently the Guillamene was a men-only swimming cove until the early 1980’s. They keep the sign up as merely a relic of the past. Nowadays you can find the spot packed with men and women of all ages enjoying the cove.

There is a big diving board on top of one of the rocks so you can jump right in to the deep water. It really is a beautiful spot with blue water surrounded by rocky green cliffs. The diving board was pretty high up, but I didn’t even notice because I was a more worried about the temperature of the water.

Yes, it was FREEZING, but I did survive. My legs are feeling refreshed and I had a lot of fun (I even jumped in twice!). However, this was my first AND last time going in that water. If you ever get chance to take the jump, you should definitely do it… but maybe bring a wet suit!


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