Andrea Romano
January 24, 2018

Most people would rather spend winter by a warm fire, or at least in a bubbling hot tub.

But not this man.

Norman Todd, an experienced wild swimmer, managed to spend a whole 10 minutes in the freezing waters of Loch Glascarnoch near Garve in Wester Ross, Scotland on Saturday.

Wild swimming is pretty much what it sounds like: it’s swimming, in the wild. But for die hard swimmers, it’s a little more than simply taking taking a dip in the lake. People who take the sport seriously like to challenge themselves — like Todd.

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According to the BBC, Todd is an offshore worker from Ullapool who is training to swim The Minch, a body of water between Scotland’s north west mainland coast and the Western Isles.

According to Steven Gourlay, who filmed Todd’s freezing dip in the Loch, the air temperature on that day was almost -8 degrees Celsius (17.6 Fahrenheit).

Seeing Todd break through those ice shards even makes us shiver, but congratulations to him for such a brave feat.

Hopefully he immediately had a hot shower afterward.

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