Ice swimmers take the plunge in Berlin

If you thought run-of-the-mill polar bear dips were crazy, wait until you see what they do in Germany. The annual 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event organized by a group called the Berlin Seals draw costumed crowds who want to enjoy what they believe are the health benefits of taking winter plunges.

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts wade in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts enter the cold waters of Orankesee lake next to a sign displaying air and water temperatures during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts head into the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast from Denmark dressed as a viking wades in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast wades in the cold waters of Orankesee lake as another waves a toy evil rat in the air during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast prepares to head into the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: (EDITORS NOTE: Partial nudity) Ice swimming enthusiasts head to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts head to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast with a tattoo of Elvis wades in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast enters the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts head to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast dressed as a frog heads to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts wade in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts enter the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts from Denmark dressed as vikings wade in the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts head to the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: Ice swimming enthusiasts dressed as Neptune (L) and a carrot enter the cold waters of Orankesee lake during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

Ice Swimmers Congregate For Annual Plunge

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 12: An ice swimming enthusiast prepares to enter the cold waters of Orankesee lake next to a sign displaying air and water temperatures during the 'Winter Swimming in Berlin' event on January 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. A local swimmers' group called the 'Berlin Seals' invite ice swimmers from across Germany and abroad to the annual event, which, despite warmer temperatures this winter and a lack of ice, was still held. Members claim ice swimming is good for the body's blood circulation. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

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