Scientists from a local university have confirmed the long-held theory that the water temperature in Victorian beaches is “alright once you’ve been in for a bit”. The study, coincidentally funded by a Victorian tourism group, analysed the oft-quoted theory by measuring water temperatures and interviewing swimmers from all over the state’s coastline.

In conclusion, the study suggests that a relatively unknown coping mechanism known as the “Cold Water Adaptation Response” (CWAR) actually caused the body to adjust to the cool temperature, leading to the belief that it’s not too bad in the water. Lead scientist Dave Sheldon said, “The CWAR has been with us since evolution and helps us to survive in difficult conditions. That breathtaking moment when you first hit the water can really scare you off, but it’s literally alright once you’ve been in for a bit.”

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