SFU Swim team shares four hacks for staying warm on campus this winter

January 06, 2017

By Justin Wong

Early in December 2016, Metro Vancouver residents woke up to a fresh blanket of snow. While many students at Simon Fraser University were trying to stay warm, the SFU Swim team decided to go for a quick dip in the pool of snow on Terry Fox Field.

The video of their swim practice in the snow has made them viral sensations and SFU celebrities after media outlets across Canada, including Global News, CTV and CBC, aired their video.

SFU Swim team members Andreas Sinats, Rolando Hernandez, Lauren Diehl and Cole De Rislo recently sat down with SFU News to share their favourite hacks for staying warm on campus:

Drink hot chocolate

Sinats: I like to camp out in the dining hall and drink several cups of hot chocolate. Drinking something hot for me is the key to staying warm when it gets cold outside. That’s how I recovered after swimming in the snow that day.

Eating Hot Meals

Rolando Hernandez: After an exhausting swim practise I usually head down to the dining hall to enjoy a hot meal and a drink to stay warm and to help my body recover. This also gives me the energy I need to tackle the rest of the day.

Investing in a hot water machine

De Rislo: I have a hot water machine in my room and I recommend that every student invest in one. I like to enjoy a hot cup of cocoa or tea before and after class on cold days.

Wear your SFU hoodie

Diehl: To stay warm I always pack my SFU hoodie with me whenever I head up to Burnaby campus. It’s really comfortable and it helps me stay warm when I am traveling to practice or class.