Nuala Moore

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Nuala Moore ice swimming in Murmansk, Russia inside the Arctic Circle
Round Ireland relay with Anne Marie Ward, Ryan Ward, Tom Watters, Ian Claxton and Nuala Moore with Expedition Leader Henry O Donnell
Round Ireland relay with Anne Marie Ward, Ryan Ward, Tom Watters, Ian Claxton and Nuala Moore with Expedition Leader Henry O Donnell
Nuala Moore is an extreme swimmer, renowned marathon swimming and channel swimming coach, and endurance athlete from Ireland. She is the Secretary of the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association. As a open water swimmer, she did an ice swim on New Year's Day 2012 in Ireland as well as other ice swims in Russia.





Moore was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. She was also the recipient of the Margaret Smith Award given annually by the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association in 2011 as well as a member of the Round Ireland relay swim.

Ice Swimming

She was a member of the successful, unprecedented, 5-day Bering Strait Swim relay, a 6-day, 53-mile (86 km) relay crossing from Cape Dezhnev in Chukotka, Russia, to Cape Prince of Wales in the state of Alaska, USA. She also completed a 1000m swim at the 2013 Russian Winter Swimming ChampionshipsMurmansk in water temperatures of 0.3°C and she competed in Tyumen Dec 2012 with air temperatures between - 30°C and -33°C in Tyumen (Russian: Тюме́н).


Moore was brought up in Dingle, South West Ireland surrounded with some of the most beautiful and challenging water in the world. Sea swimming is her first love, she loves adventure, having spent her childhood in the sea. Competition was never part of her swimming world and still isn't. The sea in all its moods can be the greatest competitor of all.

In 2003 Moore starting taking on swims local to the area of Dingle, having friends in the marine and coming from a fishing family, this allowed her good safety cover and as years progressed she developed a love of deep water and rough conditions. Very much motivated by Lynne Cox and her swims around the world. Lynne's approach was so filled with possibility and individual challenge.

After the unprecedented Round Ireland Swim, Moore decided to commit to organising three swims on the annual calendar and through these swims she has brought swimmers out to challenging waters, deepwater starts, under supreme rescue cover and allowed them to challenge themselves. Bring up their distances, their confidence in non competitive, happy atmosphere.

Round Ireland Swim 2006

In July 2nd 2006, Moore was part of a team of 6 swimmers, Anne Marie Ward, Ryan Ward, Tom Watters, Ian Claxton and Henry O Donnell who swam around the island of Ireland. 830 miles, 1350km ( as the crow flies) in 56 days,35 swim days. It is the longest Marathon Staged swim in History in some of the most hostile waters of the Atlantic, the most volatile ocean off the west coast, the coldest waters of the North Coast.

The swim went clockwise around the country due to prevailing winds and currents. Swimming up to 20 miles off shore on the West Coast to avoid being dragged in and out of bays. The relay was simultaneous with swimmers and 3 open ribs working off GPS, swimming an average 20-24 miles a day. Bearing in mind that some miles took and hour as crossing bays was as challenging as crossing channels. A distance was set each morning under the guise of Marine Co Ordinator Derek Flannagan. Despite swimmers being allocated individual mileage, as the time passed the swim became the sum of the parts with the team proving the binding factor as miles became longer and seas became more challenging. Without a mountain top to aim for, without a goal with the exception of it's over when it's over, swimming around Ireland was much more a mind challenge as it was physical. When 50 days passed, conditions battled our progress, there came a time where the physical side burned out but all that was unimportant as the swim was not over. This will remain one of the most emotional game changers in all our lives-where all that mattered was team and finishing.

Double Crossing of the English Channel

In 2008 Moore completed a Double Crossing of the English Channel with a 5 person team based in Cork "Siorcanna na Mumhan" in 25 hours 15 mins. The weather was again our adversary and as much as I felt that swimming in the English Channel was a challenge, waiting 9 days for the swim was an even greater battle. Reaching France and having to turn about and relay back was supreme and I enjoyed every minute of the battle. I don't have plans to swim a solo, I don't have the desire, mainly as I do not have the time in the summer to offer to the volatility of the weather with my work commitments. I got to experience the channel in a relay.

2011 The Swim of Self Transcendence Marathon Swim-Lake Zurich 26.4km
The Lake Zurich swim is one of the most amazing lake swims in Europe and the longest fresh water race. It is organised by the Sri Chimnoy marathon team and a wonderful event. Taking on a fresh water swim was a huge challenge for a sea swimmer, not having had any experience in lakes, bouyancy and adjustment of stroke a huge challenge. The conditions on the day were adverse. The rain brought down the temperature of the lake and this make the water temperature more comfortable for a cold water swimmer. Completing the swim in 12hrs she placed 2/6, 2nd to Anna Carin Nordin.

International Ice Swim 1 Mile at water 5 Deg & Under

Nuala completed a mile in Peddlers Lake up the Conor Pass Dingle. Water temp 3.9deg, Air temp wind Chill - 6 deg. 1 mile -38mins gaining her membership of the International Ice Swimming Association. Anne Marie Ward and I met with Ram Barkai in NY at the Global OW Swimming Conference in 2011-We were enthralled with his stories of swimming in cold temperatures more so that we felt it would be a world that we could learn to love and we do. 2012 did not offer any Cold water and it was not possible to do an Ice Swim so it was fantastic when 2013 started with a chill and temperatures dropped enough to achieve. Ice Swimming is one of the most exhilarating experiences of achievement. An ice mile is a super challenge but mostly preparation is the key-swimming to the mile is not completed until the body temperature is recovered. Expect your body temperature to drop to 30-32 deg and ensure your team are aware of your limits. Medicals are important.

1000m @ 0 Degree water

Murmansk Russia Inside the Polar Arctic Circle. Being invited to the International Winter Swimming Association by the Department of Physical Culture and Sport of Murmansk. I was excited to take on the 1000m. In Dec I had swam in 0 Degree water in Tyumen Siberia but the air temp was -33deg. The intake of the air and the impact of such cold on my body was overwhelming. I had not spent any time in a pool so being confined to 25m was another element for me to consider.

I was much more prepared to take on the 1000m in Murmansk. The initial burn and the heightened sense of alert, body check and sense of responsibility we have is exhilarating and something that I will always savour. Once the swim starts the battle that begins with it is huge. The body burns from the freezing temps and after the initial tightness the body wants to shut down. The 500m mark was a game changer as it was a countdown. I knew that I would gain strength in the 2nd half of the swim though I wanted to increase the tempo, the increased breathing was impossible and anxiety caused so many challenges. I pulled back the leg kick and naturally the arms slow down.There are definitely life threatening issues here but pain management and focus is the main strength. Once the I hit the last 100m and saw Anne Marie at the finish I could give it everything and I did. Coming out my memories are blurred though I certainly was in control. The reheating was intense but after 30 minutes I was back and ready to assist with the men who were also in the pool. At this level there is no possibility to go alone or be a hero. Completing was a super sense of self acknowledgement that I have ever experienced and one of only 5/6 females in the world that we are aware of to take it on and succeed.


Over the years I have discovered that competition is ultimately an internal battle. I see athletes trying to get fast times, the downside they are swimming to "get out", if you can swim faster why don't you swim longer or deeper? There is no greater or unpredictable competitor than the sea. I am privliged to live on the most SW section of the Ireland. To finish a swim is to win. I have always thought that swimmers can fear deep water and challenging conditions as they don't get to experience them. The main reason I have tried to put together a challenging calendar of events is so we can all push the limits together. at the same time we can enjoy the day, share the experiences and more important feel proud of the achievements.

2013 World Open Water Swimming World of the Year Nomination

Moore was nominated for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year. Her nomination reads:

She worries about the sport’s nitty-gritty details, but she also has a great capacity – and compassion – to see the big picture. She ably and tirelessly handles the paperwork on land, and can also swim in as extreme conditions as Mother Nature can deliver. As the Secretary of the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association, she quietly and professionally manages the administration part of the equation. As an ice swimmer, she represents Ireland well in frigid waterways around the world. For her unsung dedication as a volunteer board member, for her participation in the unprecedented 6-day Bering Strait Swim, for her ice swims and her unwavering, unfailing support of swimmers of all abilities, Nuala Moore is a worthy nominee for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.


Bering Strait Swim

Moore will also be a member of the Bering Strait Swim, a 6-day, 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.

Relay Members in Bering Strait Swim

1. Vladimir Chegorin, Russia
2. Maria Chizhova, Novosibirsk, Russia
3. Elena Guseva, Russia
4. Ram Barkai, Cape Town, South Africa
5. Jack Bright, UK
6. Oksana Veklich, Blagoveshchensk, Russia
7. Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Jelgava, Latvia (Starter, Swimmer, Navigator)
8. Matías Ola, Buenos Aires /Tucuman, Argentina
9. Henri Kaarma, Tallinn, Estonia
10. Toomas Haggi, Tallinn, Estonia
11. Nuala Moore, Ireland
12. Anne Marie Ward, Donegal, Ireland
13. Toks Viviers, Cape Town, South Africa
14. Melissa O’Reilly (‘Mo’), Lambertville, New Jersey, USA
15. Ryan Stramrood, Cape Town, South Africa
16. Cristian Vergara, Santiago, Chile
17. Craig Lenning, Colorado, USA
18. Rafał Ziobro, Krakow, Poland
19. Andrew Chin, Cape Town, South Africa
20. Jackie Cobell, Tunbridge Wells, UK
21. James Pittar, Australia
22. Paolo Chiarino, Italy
23. Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Finland
24. Ivan Papulshenko, Ukraine
25. Zdenek Tlamicha, Czech Republic
26. Zhou Hanming, China
27. Oleg Adamov, Russia
28. Andrei Agarkov, Russia
29. Alekseev Semen, Russia
30. Tatiana Alexandrova, Russia
31. Roman Belan, Russia (Swimmer and Starter)
32. Elena Semenova, Russia
33. Alexander Brylin, Russia
34. Afanasii Diackovskii, Russia
35. Vladimir Nefatov, Russia (Swimmer and Chief Starter)
36. Evgenii Dokuchaev, Russia
37. Oleg Docuckaev, Russia (Swimmer and Chief Organiser)
38. Roman Efimov, Russia
39. Dmitrii Filitovich, Russia
40. Olga Filitovich, Russia (Swimmer and Starter/helper)
41. Victor Godlevskiy, Russia (Swimmer, Starter/helper)
42. Olga Golubeva, Russia
43. Alexei Golubkin, Russia
44. Alexander Golubkin, Russia (Youngest Swimmer at 13 years old)
45. Alexsandr Iurkov, Russia (Starter, Swimmer, Navigator)
46. Oleg Ivanov, Russia
47. Pavel Kabakov, Russia (Swimmer, starter, navigator)
48. Eduard Khodakovskiy, Russia
49. Aleksandr Komarov, Russia
50. Aleksandr Kuliapin, Russia
51. Andrey Kuzmin, Russia
52. Irina Lamkina, Russia
53. Vladimir Litvinov, Russia
54. Andrey Mikhalev, Russia
55. Victor Moskvin, Russia
56. Nikolay Petshak, Russia
57. Sergey Popov, Russia
58. Vladimir Poshivailov, Russia
59. Grigorii Prokopchuk, Russia
60. Dmitrii Zalka, Russia
61. Natalia Seraya, Russia
62. Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Russia
63. Olga Sokolova, Russia
64. Andrei Sychev, Russia
65. Alexei Tabakov, Russia
66. Nataliia Usachaeva, Russia
67. Nikolay Khitrik, Russia (Organiser)
68. Lurii Melnikov, Russia (Organiser)
69. Sergei Chernukhin, Russia (Organiser)
70. Irina Makarova, Russia (Interpreter, Starter, helper)
71. Alexey Svistunov, Russia (President of Russian Book of Records)
72. Rafael Valdes Mendosa, Russian (Interpreter, Starter)
73. Evgeny Novazheev, Russia (kite surfer)
74. Denis Berezhnoy, Russia (kite surfer)
75. Sergey Semenov, Russia (kite surfer)
76. Mariia Netrebenko, Russia (mass media representative)
77. Viktor Muzhetckii, Russia (cameraman)
78. Vladislav Bochkovskii, Russia (mass media representative)
79. Vladislav Bykov, Russia (cameraman)
80. Dmitrii Timofeev, Russia (research team)
81. Victoria Brylin, Russia (recovery team)
82. Nataliya Fatyanova, Russia (Head of medical group)
83. Irina Zhidkova, Russia (doctor)
84. Aleksandr Gremitskikh, Russia (Chief Judge)
85. Krutikov Konstantin, Russia (mass media representative)
86. Gavriil Ugarov, Russia (research crew)
87. Denis Kabakov, Russia (support crew)
88. Kiriil Zaika, Russia (support crew)
89. Natalia Yael Szydlowski, Argentina (nutritionist)
90. Paolo Adolfo Testa, Argentina (coach)
91. Carlos Eduardo Reges, Argentina (doctor)
92. Anibal Ariel Calderon, Argentina (cameraman)
93. Guillermo Gallishaw, Argentina (cameraman)
94. Alasdair Ross McCulloch, South Africa (cameraman)
95. Yason Demeev, Russia (Chief of Hospital)
96. Oleg Revutskiy, Russia (surgeon)
97. Vyacheslav Grigoryev, Russia (traumatologist)
98. Valeriy Koshkin, Russia (dermatologist)
99. Svetlana Gulenkova, Russia (stomatologist)
100. Inna Lesnova, Russia (therapeutist)
101. Vladimir Savinskiy, Russia (doctor of functional diagnostics)
102. Sergey Demyanenko, Russia (Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics)
103. Sergey Milovanov, Russia (anesthesiologist)
104. Denis Yakushin, Russia (anesthesiologist)
105. Georgiy Feodoridi, Russia (neurosurgeon)
106. Igor Rogushin, Russia (opthamologist)
107. Yuriy Obraztsov, Russia (infectionist)
108. Oleg Fartushin, Russia (radiologist)
109. Elena Ionova, Russia (pharmacist)
110. Larisa Popova, Russia (nurse)
111. Svetlana Demenok, Russia (nurse)
112. Galina Domnina, Russia (nurse)
113. Tatyana Bolshakova, Russia (nurse)
114. Svetlana Panidova, Russia (nurse)
115. Maya Surgayeva, Russia (nurse)
116. Ludmila Denisova, Russia (nurse)
117. Valentina Shilova, Russia (nurse)
118. Elena Repula, Russia (nurse)
119. Elena Kukurba, Russia (nurse)
120. Elena Sadovaya, Russia (nurse)
121. Tatyana Nikolaeva, Russia (nurse)


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