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Have you seen Caroline Josephs down at Wylie's Baths? Caroline's written prose entry won the 2017 Pat Skinner Award for writing about ocean pools and we're all a bit chuffed! Caroline is also an accomplished painter and has a few Wylie's inspired pieces available for sale. Her Blue Groper paiting (photographed here) will be available at our silent auction on 6th April 2018 :)
Winter Swimming -- Body Oceanic
Each day of the year, I plunge my body
into the ocean …
When the water temperature drops --
to 14-16 degrees in winter,
I sit on the side
of the ocean pool,
legs dangling in water,
'Not hot, not cold…
Just wet' --
I breathe deep
into the belly
Sliding into the water, I am
swimming in one movement…
Contraction, tension as cold hits.
Body bitten by sudden change,
enveloping, focussing –
pain of intensity --
At the threshold of change
I swim with head out
for a bit…
After some strokes, the body
sudden drop in temperature,
tightening, experienced as fear.
The body relaxing, not resisting -- the cold…
Being with the cold,
singing the cold.
Two pauses between –
incoming, outgoing breath –
each quite silent.
Thresholds of dying, of birthing.
Blowing out the self, bubbles in my ears,
deafeningly loud, vibrating,
ripples of sound through
After a part lap I put
into the water.
My face an ice mask –
After a few more laps I am
breathing and swimming,
bubbles of my out-breath
making a friendly burble –
in a steady rhythm.
Exuding from my arms, a swathe
of tiny air pockets ascends
to the surface, ribbons of air cells.
A few more laps -- I am dissolving
into the silkiness of the sea
water, being relieved of skin.
I am weightless.
Being water, being breath, being…
tiny schools of striped fish all
turning their heads into
the oncoming current,
being slowly furling sea-weeds,
being the blinking pearlescent
bi-ped mollusc shells open to the sea,
rocks on the bottom of
the natural rock pool,
being flickering overlaying lines
of light through prisms of liquid…
Sometimes turbulent, great swells
roll in waves over the side
of the ocean pool. A few brave souls
flail and bob through the shifting
foam and currents, the waves running
up to slap
against the concrete
meeting another, in the backwash.
There’s a swish as froth, foam,
waves wash over the pool sea-wall to
descend as white cloudbursts,
Through my goggles I am white-out.
Submerged, gestating in a state of
Under the surface
of conflicting currents –
when I slip through
a 'gateless gate' it is –
Quiet and untroubled
In the deep.
Have you seen Matthew Martin down at Wylie's Baths?
Artist, cartoonist and Wylie's Baths regular Matthew Martin explains how swimming in Sydney's most beautiful tidal pool feeds his drawing addiction, in this short interview for the exhibition Sand in the City at the Museum of Sydney, which was held December 2016 - July 2107.
On-going maintenance includes pressure washing the decks, which will occur along the patterns of LOW TIDE.
Notices will be posted daily regarding pressure washing.
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Coogee Chamber of Commerce
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Wylie's Baths Fundraiser
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Wylie's is located just a few hundred metres south of Coogee Beach in Sydney's eastern suburbs, sitting right below the magnificent Maroubra to Bondi coastal walkway. The Baths has sweeping 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooks the famous Wedding Cake Island.
Visitors regularly come to Wylie's to enjoy a casual swim or do some laps in the 50 yard pool, soak up some rays or even just enjoy a sandwich, coffee or refreshments at the kiosk. We also have on site massages and Wellness Classes (yoga/pilates/meditation) for those looking to get the body and mind into shape! The kiosk also sells swimming accessories and a range of official Wylie's merchandise.
Wylie's also caters for wedding receptions ! What more spectacular way to celebrate that special day than overlooking the ocean at sunset? Visit the Weddings section for more detailed information.
The Baths welcomes visitors 365 days a year and caters for everyone from young children to the seniors! Visit the General Info section to check on the Baths' seasonal opening hours, location and other relevant information.