Swimmers are preparing to take a plunge into the icy waters of the Cataract Gorge when the Winter Solstice Swim takes place on June 27.
Jack Brown will be an instructor on the day, tasked with helping beginner swimmers learn techniques to cope with the cold waters of the Gorge.
"My role in that will be taking the swimmers through exercises to warm up, you know your core body temperature needs to be warmed up, especially as a beginner.
"While doing breathing techniques at the same time to lower their heart rate, and reduce the impact of potential hyperventilation and going into shock."
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Mr Bown's love of cold water swimming began four months ago by chance after an evening picnic at the Cataract Gorge.
"After we had our picnic dinner, we decided to hop in and immediately I started feeling better. My mental health state wasn't that great, but at the time my anxiety and depression was quite high," he said.
"As soon as I hopped in I felt some relief, the longer I swam the better I was feeling my anxiety was starting to subside a bit."
What began as an evening dip transformed into something more when Mr Brown noticed the benefits of the cold water swimming on his mental health.
The benefits were such that he began having cold water showers every day to reap the benefits further.
Mr Brown is not the only one on the cold shower bandwagon with Launceston Think Group restricting themselves to cold showers in the lead up to the event.
Mr Brown is hopes that some of the Solstice Swimmers will experience the benefits of cold water swimming like he has in the past four months.
"I'd love for people to feel even remotely that little bit better within themselves mentally, physically and emotionally like obviously for the novice swimmers and beginners that I'll be guiding on the day," he said.
More importantly, Mr Brown hopes that more funds are raised for Loaves and Fishes Tasmania to help those in need.
"They're doing amazing things for the community that are disadvantaged in the way that, you know, [the homeless] struggle to feed themselves ... they struggle to get a meal every day, I thought this is an amazing charity," he said.
Event organisers Loaves and Fishes Tasmania have moved the event to June 27 on the advice of Hydro Tasmania after the Gorge suffered flooding in recent days.
The organisation provides up to 3400 kilograms of food every week, from school breakfast supplies, to fresh produce and ready-to-eat meals in Launceston alone.
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