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A Guide to Sunrise Ocean Swim Communities in Australia

If you’ve been down by the beach at sunrise recently, chances are you may have seen a large group of people taking a refreshing dip in the ocean. From the beaches of Western Australia to the shores of Sydney, Adelaide and  Melbourne, these groups offer a new way to get back to nature, make new friends, and feel rejuvenated. 

For international students, joining a community group can be an amazing way to make friends and experience the Australian lifestyle. Trying something new can get you out of your comfort zone and help you connect with new people.

But why on earth would you throw yourself into the freezing cold ocean at sunrise? There must be some benefits, right? Let’s take a look at these groups and why you might like to try ocean dipping yourself.

What are the benefits of an ocean dip?

So, what exactly draws people to these ocean dip communities? And why should international students get involved? Well, there are a few benefits that keep cold water enthusiasts coming back for more:

Health and wellbeing 

Cold water immersion is said to have potential health benefits, such as reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system. It’s also beneficial for mental health – reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. If you’re feeling a bit down or find yourself missing home, a boost of cold water might be just what you need to get back on track.

Connection with nature 

Being in the ocean at sunrise is a chance to connect with nature, and can remind us of how large the world is and how small we humans are. The Australian coastline is incredible and unique, and might not look anything like what you’ve seen at home. 

Community and friendship

Don’t just stick to your campus – get out into the community! One of the best parts of joining a group of ocean dippers is the chance to connect with new friends. Whether you’re a regular or a newcomer, you’ll be welcomed with open arms. 

Where can I find an ocean dip community in my city?

Here’s a rundown of some ocean dip communities that have been making a splash in different parts of Australia:

Salty Sips (Adelaide)

If you’re in Adelaide, chances are you might have come across Salty Sips, a group that has been making waves—quite literally—on TikTok recently. Every Wednesday morning, regardless of the season, Salty Sips gathers at Henley Beach for a revitalising session of yoga followed by a dip in the ocean. What started as a small gathering has now evolved into a thriving community, attracting hundreds of people each week. 

Cold Nips (WA, Sydney, Gold Coast)

With groups in Western Australia, Sydney, and the Gold Coast, Cold Nips aims to promote wellbeing and positive mental health through an early morning dip. From Coogee to Cottesloe, the Cold Nips community is all about bringing people together.

Darwin Dippers

Up in the Northern Territory, Darwin Dippers are known for their adventurous spirit. They gather at various beaches around Darwin for an ocean swim followed by a coffee, celebrating the natural beauty of the Top End.

Feel Good Dips Melbourne

If you’re in Melbourne, and looking for a refreshing start to your day, why not join Feel Good Dips! This community meets at St Kilda Beach for a mix of yoga, meditation, and ocean dips, and is all about connection and feeling good.

Generation SPF (Sunshine Coast)

The Sunshine Coast is the perfect spot for an ocean dip – so why not join Generation SPF on their next sunrise splash? Enjoy a coffee and a game of cards to connect with the group after your swim.

Sea Gals (Perth)

What started as one TikTok has turned into a community of women of all ages, backgrounds and sizes coming together for a sunrise ocean dip. Originating in Perth and now spreading up the WA coast, there’s sure to be a group of Sea Gals near you.

Can’t find an ocean dip community in your city? Why not start your own?

If your city doesn’t have an ocean dip community yet, why not start one? Starting your own group could be a perfect chance for you to bring fellow international students together to try something new.

Many of these groups began with just a few passionate dippers who shared a love for the ocean and a desire to connect. Over time, they grew into thriving communities, welcoming like-minded people from all walks of life. 

Ocean dip communities are more than just a morning ritual – they’re a celebration of positivity, nature, and community. Whether you’re a seasoned dipper or keen to try a new hobby, these communities are a refreshing way to start your day and build new connections.