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Monday, November 25, 2013

Do You Dook?

Do you dook?

For nearly 130 years, people in Dundee, Scotland have been dooking (i.e., a Scottish term for jumping into the sea from harbors and rocks).

Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association has been promoting open water swimming since 1884 in the River Tay and around Scotland. Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association currently organizes swims in the River Tay and two in Loch Earn from its headquarters in Broughty Ferry in eastern Scotland.

The purpose of the Association is to foster and encourage the sport of open water swimming. As the sport continues to grow and becomes more competitive with better conditioned athletes, the Association remains founded in the enjoyment of the challenge and the satisfaction in swimming in the open water.

The first 1-mile crossing of the River Tay was done in 1889 by Association members John Shaw and Bob Macmillan; the first double-crossing was done by Bill Blair in 1905. Ye Association, affiliated with the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association and the British Long Distance Association organizes its 2-mile Double Swim in June. Joyce McIntosh, the club president, says, "We've had everyone from six-year-olds to a 73-year-old woman join in."

With almost 130 years of history behind it, Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association has a strong foundation to continue as one of the oldest open water swimming teams in the world.

Upper photo shows the 2007 Dook Swim. Lower photo shows the Lock Earn Winter Swim.

For more information on Ye Amphibious Ancients Bathing Association, visit here.

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