Here, they explain in their own words the joy it has brought them.
The club’s social sessions are held at 9am each Saturday at Little Haven Beach, with members gathering shortly before at the steps closest to the Weebles artworks.
Anyone who would like to join in should wear a costume, while others feel warmer and more comfortable in a wet suit, and they can take towel and warm clothing for afterwards.
It’s also a good idea to pack a hot drink for after.
A mix of people get involved, from people just in for a bob to those training for triathlons, with new comers advised to find someone to match their ability as they head for the water.
1. Swim offers a 'spiritual boost'
Dave Ridley has been sea swimming since September 2020 and said: "It gives a spiritual boost to the start of the day. Had no problems with my arthritis since I started open water swimming."
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2. Bringing families together
Alison Symonds has been sea swimming since September 2019. She said: "This is me with my granddaughter Isla who sometimes joins me. I've made fantastic friends swimming at South Shields."
Photo: Alison Symonds
3. A stunning start to the day
Beth Thompson shared this photo of her swimming at sunrise at Trow Rocks and said: "I have been swimming since February 2021 and the best thing for me has been the friendships I have made."
Photo: Beth Thompson
4. Wetsuit at the ready
Janice Wilkinson said: "I wanted to do something that was different and have loved swimming since I was little. Going into the sea was a huge adventure for me and I love it. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful coastline. Swimming in the sea helps me stop to think about things I can't control and just enjoy the tranquillity of my surroundings."
Photo: Janice Wilkinson