THEY come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have the same goals of fitness, friendship and fun.
Mornington Mermaids is a swimming group that started early last year, meeting at Fishermans Beach every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7am for an invigorating, cold water swim and after swim, cafe catch-up.
Organiser Jacky Howgate says the daily dip is not about being fast or even a good swimmer, it’s about the benefits of aqua exercise, cold water and supporting each other.
“Not everyone swims, some just float and enjoy the serenity,” she said. “I love each and every one of my ladies and they bring me so much joy whenever we are together. ”
Ms Howgate, who was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour in September 2018, is very much a glass half full kind of woman, and it’s her uplifting attitude and never-ending smile that makes the group gel so well.
She said the group had grown quickly and friendships were cementing, but there was always room for more. “We want to keep spreading the word, as it’s so beneficial to have 15 minutes in the water and the social aspect is just as important,” she said.
To get involved either meet at Fishermans Beach or call 0416 860 239.