Fife cold-water dippers go all in with 'world’s largest event of its kind'

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More than 1000 cold water dippers are expected to brave the elements at Levenmouth beach in the “world’s largest link 'n' dip”.

The ‘Dip a Thon’ is organised by local group "Fife Dippers" and will take place on Sunday, May 26 from 1pm. Participants will link together in a giant line before submerging themselves in the cold water.

The group was created by 46 year-old Leven-based Mind management coach Cuddy Cudworth, who has been a daily dipper for over three years.

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He said: “It’s the benefits of cold-water therapy that I enjoy. It’s pushing myself out my comfort zone and going in when it’s horrible weather. It sets me up for the day knowing that the rest is not going to be as tough as that experience.

Fife Dippers post-dip.Fife Dippers post-dip.
Fife Dippers post-dip.

“The dipping group has grown due to the people involved. It’s about their smiles, it’s about the laughs that they have when they’re dipping. It’s a community we’ve created that’s fun and non-judgemental for everybody to enjoy.”

The dip is supported by the charity ‘Megan’s Space’, which promotes mental health for teenagers.

Cuddy said: "Teenagers are starting to get in the water. It’s good for their mental resilience too. The cold-water therapy is a shining example of: ‘If I can do that, what else can I do?’”

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Cuddy hopes that the event, coupled with the new Leven train station which is due to open in spring, will increase participation in the group.

Cuddy Cudworth ventures into the Firth of Forth.Cuddy Cudworth ventures into the Firth of Forth.
Cuddy Cudworth ventures into the Firth of Forth.

He said: “Visually it’ll be nice for Leven. It’s more about Leven and the beach and the new railway line coming in, than it is about me or cold-water therapy. It’s about raising awareness of how stunning the beach is, how nice Leven is, and why people should come to Leven.”

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