In Austria in 2009, he swam 1K in water temperature of 0.8°C with the air temperature at -10°C. "I like the complexity of winter swimming and incredible sense of closeness to nature, it gives me." Jack is also part of the unprecedented 86K International Relay Swim Across The Bering Strait.
Bright produced a film called Winter Swimming on 1.PKO, a swimming club in the Czech Republic that specializes in winter swimming in freezing water temperatures. "It isn't just a few crazy people, but an organized sport with frequent races through the winter season. In the Czech Republic some of the world's most extreme winter swimming is held due to an excellent organization with rules that have developed over 50 years.
In winter, the temperature of the open water drops to 0°C (32°F). Some people swim in such temperatures for up to 22 minutes. We swim up to 1K competitively in near freezing water sometimes and there is an ongoing competition called the Czech Cup with races every weekend through the winter. At the top end, there are channel swimmers. At the other end, there are people who like to swim for pleasure so a wide spectrum of people are involved."
The film was shot during one of the harshest central European winters in years and features beautiful cinematography from award-winning Jan Mika. "Hopefully after watching this film, people will be inclined to embrace nature, be more active and try winter swimming for themselves."
Bering Strait Swim
Bright will also be a member of the Bering Strait Swim, a 53-mile (86 km) relay swim attempt from Cape Dezhnev in Chukotka, Russia, to Cape Prince of Wales in the state of Alaska, USA among a team of experienced extreme swimmers.
1. Yuri Tsiganchuk, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
2. Yuri Myagkikh, Russia
3. Vladimir Chegorin, Russia
4. Maria Chizhova, Novosibirsk, Russia
5. Elena Guseva, Russia
6. Kieron Palframan, Cape Town, South Africa
7. Ram Barkai, Cape Town, South Africa
8. Jack Bright, UK
9. Vladimir Litvinov, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
10. Oksana Veklich, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
11. Aleksandr Jakovlev, Jelgava, Latvia
12. Matías Ola, Buenos Aires /Tucuman Argentina
13. Henri Kaarma, Tallinn, Estonia
14. Toomas Haggi, Tallinn, Estonia
15. Nuala Moore, Ireland
16. Anne Marie Ward, Donegal, Ireland
17. Claudia Rose, San Diego, USA
18. Toks Viviers, Cape Town, South Africa
19. Melissa O’Reilly (‘Mo’), Lambertville, New Jersey, USA
20. Ryan Stramrood, Cape Town, South Africa
21. Colin Hill, Ambleside, UK
22. Cristian Vergara, Santiago, Chile
23. Lelané Rossouw-Bancroft, Newark, Delaware, USA
24. Rafał Ziobro, Krakow, Poland
25. Andrew Chin, Cape Town, South Africa
26. Jackie Cobell, Tunbridge Wells, UK
27. Paul Duffield, West Kelowna, BC, Canada
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- International Relay Swim Across The Bering Strait
- Jack Bright blog
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