In Britain, a growing number of people are defying the cold and wet by getting colder and wetter.

Some attribute the boom in cold water swimming to increased interest in triathlons. Others, however, suggest it also has to do with the buzz that comes with the experience, as well as health reasons, to fight depression, to make friends, and to ommune with nature, according to The New York Times.

Some even suggest the movement has been reinforced by economic problems. Read More