After reinstating swimming as a requirement to graduate in 2017, China’s top university, Tsinghua, may now make wint
er outdoor swimming an optional course, a WeChat account of China Youth Daily (ID: zqbcyol) reported on Jan. 31.
Winter swimming may shortly become an optional course at Tsinghua University, s
aid the instructor of Tsinghua’s winter swimming club, Wei Qingpeng, disclosing th
at the proposal has won favor with the university’s sports education department.
Wei explained that no other Chinese universities currently carry out winter sw
imming activities. In his opinion, the school’s support for winter swimming wi
ll not encourage students to become thrill-seekers, but will help advocate a healthy lifestyle.
Tsinghua University’s winter swimming club was opened in 2017. The club now has
about 40 members, 20 of whom take part in activities during the winter months.