Nude dude tests the waters

Written By miftah nugraha on Jumat, 21 Juni 2013 | 19.55

THE River Derwent will become a sea of naked humanity at sunrise tomorrow when hundreds of courageous souls take the plunge for the first annual Dark MOFO Nude Solstice Swim.

About 350 people will get their gear off to make a splash at Sandy Bay's Long Beach Reserve at 7.42am.

An hour later, about 70 more modest bathers will don togs and dive in for the "prude swim".

While 650 people applied to take part in the nude swim, numbers had to be limited for health and safety reasons.

Sydneysider Ryan Batt, who will be among the naked crew, had a quick paddle today to test the waters.

The 30-year-old bar manager said he was expecting it to be far worse.

"I like to come down (to Tassie) but I have never been in winter," Mr Batt said.

"I saw all the Dark MOFO stuff on and thought 'why not?'

"When I first heard about the nude swim I put my name down.

"I was only told I was in about a week ago. I think they had a bit more demand than they were expecting.

"It won't be a long swim but I will get properly wet. You have to submerge yourself I suppose."

With the air temperature set to drop below 3C overnight and the water temperature expected to be about 12C tomorrow, hypothermia could be an issue.

But up to 30 surf lifesavers some with specialist medical skills, defibrillators and oxygen will be on site to ensure no one comes to grief.

The Nude Solstice Swim kicks off a huge day of Dark MOFO action, which also includes the HCC Winter Feast at PW1 and the Satanalia concert at MAC2. Both events start at 4pm.

Read more in the Saturday Mercury ...

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