Brave swimmers take the plunge

JOEL MAXWELL
Last updated 09:56 25/06/2012
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Brrrr: Waves hammer Waikanae Primary kids taking a brisk dip at Waikanae Beach.

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Waikanae Beach waves are cold in winter, Brooke Eddie, 11, admitted - but Waikanae River is still colder.

Brooke plunged into the waves on Thursday as part of Waikanae Primary School's fifth midwinter dip on the year's shortest day.

Wrapped in a towel and shivering, she said the swim, her first midwinter dip, had been cold, but not as cold as swimming in fresh water running from the mountains.

Principal Bevan Campbell said about 50 year 7 and year 8 students took part, with him the only adult.

He said there have been five dips, fundraisers for the school's ski trip to Mt Ruapehu run every second year, and he has waded in with the kids each time.

"The water, surprisingly, is not too cold. It's not ice-breakingly cold."

A run of freezing Kapiti weather broke on Thursday - with mild, sunny conditions for the swimmers.

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