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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/getting-a-buzz-after-cold-water-swimming-and-realizes-its-risks/ Getting A Buzz After Cold Water Swimming – And Realizes Its Risks]
 
* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/getting-a-buzz-after-cold-water-swimming-and-realizes-its-risks/ Getting A Buzz After Cold Water Swimming – And Realizes Its Risks]
 
* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/a-guide-to-wild-swimming-in-cornwall-on-crowdfunder/ A Guide to Wild Swimming in Cornwall On Crowdfunder]
 
* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/a-guide-to-wild-swimming-in-cornwall-on-crowdfunder/ A Guide to Wild Swimming in Cornwall On Crowdfunder]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/curious-about-covid-can-swimming-help/ Curious About COVID?  Can Swimming Help?]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/curious-about-covid-can-swimming-help/ Curious About COVID?  Can Swimming Help?]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2020/12/learning-how-best-to-deal-with-the-cold-by-nuala-moore/ Learning How Best To Deal With The Cold By Nuala Moore]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2020/12/learning-how-best-to-deal-with-the-cold-by-nuala-moore/ Learning How Best To Deal With The Cold By Nuala Moore]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2020/10/nuala-shares-moore-about-cold-water-swimming/ Nuala Shares Moore About Cold Water Swimming]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2020/10/nuala-shares-moore-about-cold-water-swimming/ Nuala Shares Moore About Cold Water Swimming]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2020/10/susan-simmons-gordon-giesbrecht-brian-hunt-on-cold-water-swimming/ Susan Simmons, Gordon Giesbrecht, Brian Hunt On Cold Water Swimming]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2020/10/susan-simmons-gordon-giesbrecht-brian-hunt-on-cold-water-swimming/ Susan Simmons, Gordon Giesbrecht, Brian Hunt On Cold Water Swimming]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2020/07/ryan-stramrood-shares-wisdom-and-his-perspectives-on-wowsa-live/ Ryan Stramrood Shares Wisdom and His Perspectives On WOWSA Live]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2020/07/ryan-stramrood-shares-wisdom-and-his-perspectives-on-wowsa-live/ Ryan Stramrood Shares Wisdom and His Perspectives On WOWSA Live]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2012/09/should-extreme-swimming-be-in-olympics/ Should Extreme Swimming Be In The Olympics?]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2012/09/should-extreme-swimming-be-in-olympics/ Should Extreme Swimming Be In The Olympics?]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2012/01/shawn-white-apolo-ohno-and-ice-swimming/ Shawn White, Apolo Ohno And Ice Swimming In The Olympics]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2012/01/shawn-white-apolo-ohno-and-ice-swimming/ Shawn White, Apolo Ohno And Ice Swimming In The Olympics]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2010/12/winter-swimming-in-estonia/ Winter Swimming In Estonia]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2010/12/winter-swimming-in-estonia/ Winter Swimming In Estonia]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2012/07/the-human-mind-is-powerful-thing-in/ The Human Mind Is A Powerful Thing In The Open Water]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2012/07/the-human-mind-is-powerful-thing-in/ The Human Mind Is A Powerful Thing In The Open Water]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2012/04/their-skin-turns-rosy-and-their-jacket/ Their Skin Turns Rosy And Their Jackets Red]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2012/04/their-skin-turns-rosy-and-their-jacket/ Their Skin Turns Rosy And Their Jackets Red]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2012/12/chilling-out-in-glacial-groove/ Chilling Out In A Glacial Groove]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2012/12/chilling-out-in-glacial-groove/ Chilling Out In A Glacial Groove]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2012/12/swimming-in-siberia-russian-winter/ Swimming In Siberia, Russian Winter Swimming Championships]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2012/12/swimming-in-siberia-russian-winter/ Swimming In Siberia, Russian Winter Swimming Championships]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2012/12/super-heroes-of-ice-swimming-world/ Super Heroes Of The Ice Swimming World]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2012/12/super-heroes-of-ice-swimming-world/ Super Heroes Of The Ice Swimming World]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2012/12/how-cold-can-it-go-fina-races-in-cold/ How Cold Can It Go?  FINA Races In Cold Water]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2012/12/how-cold-can-it-go-fina-races-in-cold/ How Cold Can It Go?  FINA Races In Cold Water]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2012/09/what-epiphany-in-open-water/ What An Epiphany In The Open Water]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2012/09/what-epiphany-in-open-water/ What An Epiphany In The Open Water]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2012/12/chilling-out-in-glacial-groove/ Chilling Out In A Glacial Groove]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2012/12/chilling-out-in-glacial-groove/ Chilling Out In A Glacial Groove]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2013/01/knight-of-holy-cross-sabac-serbia/ Knight Of Holy Cross Sabac Serbia]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2013/01/knight-of-holy-cross-sabac-serbia/ Knight Of Holy Cross Sabac Serbia]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2013/03/the-history-tradition-and-pageantry-of/ The History, Tradition And Pageantry of Epiphany Swimming]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2013/03/the-history-tradition-and-pageantry-of/ The History, Tradition And Pageantry of Epiphany Swimming]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2013/04/when-ice-swims-were-frozen-in-time/ When Ice Swims Were Frozen In Time]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2013/04/when-ice-swims-were-frozen-in-time/ When Ice Swims Were Frozen In Time]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2013/09/ice-swimming-at-winter-olympics/ Ice Swimming At The Winter Olympics]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2013/09/ice-swimming-at-winter-olympics/ Ice Swimming At The Winter Olympics]
 
* [https://www.facebook.com/InternationalWinterSwimmingAssociation?ref=br_rs International Winter Swimming Association Facebook page]
 
* [https://www.facebook.com/InternationalWinterSwimmingAssociation?ref=br_rs International Winter Swimming Association Facebook page]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2013/10/recollections-of-most-risky-open-water/ Recollections Of The Most Risky Open Water Swim In History]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2013/10/recollections-of-most-risky-open-water/ Recollections Of The Most Risky Open Water Swim In History]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2013/10/the-joy-of-yrjo-koskinen-mariia/ The Joy Of Yrjö-Koskinen Mariia]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2013/10/the-joy-of-yrjo-koskinen-mariia/ The Joy Of Yrjö-Koskinen Mariia]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2014/01/statistics-on-ice-swimmers-and-ice/ Statistics On Ice Swimmers And Ice Swimming]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2014/01/statistics-on-ice-swimmers-and-ice/ Statistics On Ice Swimmers And Ice Swimming]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2014/02/winter-olympics-isdaring-entertaining/ Winter Olympics Is…Daring, Entertaining And Athletic]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2014/02/winter-olympics-isdaring-entertaining/ Winter Olympics Is…Daring, Entertaining And Athletic]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2014/03/gotta-good-feeling-about-farallons/ Gotta Good Feeling About The Farallons]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2014/03/gotta-good-feeling-about-farallons/ Gotta Good Feeling About The Farallons]
 
* [http://www.uswsa.org United States Winter Swimming Association]
 
* [http://www.uswsa.org United States Winter Swimming Association]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2014/10/cold-icy-and-happy-at-winter-swimming/ Cold, Icy And Happy At The Winter Swimming Championship]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2014/10/cold-icy-and-happy-at-winter-swimming/ Cold, Icy And Happy At The Winter Swimming Championship]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2014/10/white-winter-wonderland-in-america/ White Winter Wonderland In America]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2014/10/white-winter-wonderland-in-america/ White Winter Wonderland In America]
 
* [https://www.facebook.com/InternationalWinterSwimmingAssociation?ref=br_rs International Winter Swimming Association Facebook page]
 
* [https://www.facebook.com/InternationalWinterSwimmingAssociation?ref=br_rs International Winter Swimming Association Facebook page]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2014/12/behind-scenes-in-murmansk/ Behind The Scenes In Murmansk]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2014/12/behind-scenes-in-murmansk/ Behind The Scenes In Murmansk]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/elina-making-taking-safety-to-her-limits/ Elina Making Taking Safety To Her Limits]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/elina-making-taking-safety-to-her-limits/ Elina Making Taking Safety To Her Limits]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/ordinary-people-achieving-extraordinary/ Ordinary People Achieving The Extraordinary In Murmansk]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/ordinary-people-achieving-extraordinary/ Ordinary People Achieving The Extraordinary In Murmansk]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2014/06/1st-world-ice-swimming-championship-to/ 1st World Ice Swimming Championship To Be Presented]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2014/06/1st-world-ice-swimming-championship-to/ 1st World Ice Swimming Championship To Be Presented]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2014/12/behind-scenes-in-murmansk/ Behind The Scenes In Murmansk]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2014/12/behind-scenes-in-murmansk/ Behind The Scenes In Murmansk]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/march-madness-in-murmansk/ March Madness in Murmansk]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/march-madness-in-murmansk/ March Madness in Murmansk]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/march-madness-in-murmansk-part-2/ March Madness In Murmansk, Part 2]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/march-madness-in-murmansk-part-2/ March Madness In Murmansk, Part 2]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/wandi-really-ready/ Wandi Really Ready]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/wandi-really-ready/ Wandi Really Ready]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/why-ice-swimming-has-it/ Why Ice Swimming Has It]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/why-ice-swimming-has-it/ Why Ice Swimming Has It]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/sos-rescues-and-saves-in-ice-swimming/ SOS, Rescues And Saves In Ice Swimming Competitions]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/sos-rescues-and-saves-in-ice-swimming/ SOS, Rescues And Saves In Ice Swimming Competitions]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/the-power-of-one-henri-karma/ The Power Of One, Henri Karma]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/the-power-of-one-henri-karma/ The Power Of One, Henri Karma]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/vasily-mosin-undressed-and-fast/ Vasily Mosin, Undressed And Fast]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/vasily-mosin-undressed-and-fast/ Vasily Mosin, Undressed And Fast]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/the-highs-and-lows-of-open-water/ The Highs And Lows Of Open Water Swimming]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/the-highs-and-lows-of-open-water/ The Highs And Lows Of Open Water Swimming]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/ice-in-his-veins-albert-sobirov/ Ice In His Vein - Albert Sobirov]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/ice-in-his-veins-albert-sobirov/ Ice In His Vein - Albert Sobirov]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/team-matters-in-ice-swimming/ Team Matters In Ice Swimming]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/team-matters-in-ice-swimming/ Team Matters In Ice Swimming]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/forza-italia-in-ice/ Forza Italia In Ice]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/forza-italia-in-ice/ Forza Italia In Ice]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/checking-up-and-checking-in-for-ice-swim/ Checking Up And Checking In For An Ice Swim]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/checking-up-and-checking-in-for-ice-swim/ Checking Up And Checking In For An Ice Swim]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/2015-ice-swimming-world-championship/ 2015 Ice Swimming World Championship Results]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/2015-ice-swimming-world-championship/ 2015 Ice Swimming World Championship Results]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/elina-making-taking-safety-to-her-limits/ Elina Making Taking Safety To Her Limits]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/elina-making-taking-safety-to-her-limits/ Elina Making Taking Safety To Her Limits]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/fast-frentic-freezing-freestyle/ Fast Frentic Freezing Freestyle]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/fast-frentic-freezing-freestyle/ Fast Frentic Freezing Freestyle]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/intense-competition-cold/ Intense Competition Among World's Best Ice Swimmers]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/intense-competition-cold/ Intense Competition Among World's Best Ice Swimmers]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/03/the-power-of-one-henri-karma/ The Power Of One, Henri Karma]
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* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/why-ice-swimming-has-it/ Why Ice Swimming Has It]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/why-ice-swimming-has-it/ Why Ice Swimming Has It]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/medical-checks-before-ice-swimming/ Medical Checks Before Ice Swimming]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/04/medical-checks-before-ice-swimming/ Medical Checks Before Ice Swimming]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/05/when-it-is-cold-at-night/ When It Is Cold At Night]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/05/when-it-is-cold-at-night/ When It Is Cold At Night]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/11/wowsarenowned-swimmers-to-be-celebrated/ WOWSA...Swimmers To Be Celebrated At Big Chill Swim]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/11/wowsarenowned-swimmers-to-be-celebrated/ WOWSA...Swimmers To Be Celebrated At Big Chill Swim]
 
* [https://www.worldopenwaterswimmingassociation.com/2015-wowsa-awards/2015-wowsa-performance-of-the-year-nominees/ 2015 WOWSA Awards - Performance Of The Year Voting]
 
* [https://www.worldopenwaterswimmingassociation.com/2015-wowsa-awards/2015-wowsa-performance-of-the-year-nominees/ 2015 WOWSA Awards - Performance Of The Year Voting]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2015/11/lewis-pugh-to-present-wowsa-awards-at/ Lewis Pugh To Present WOWSA Awards At Big Chill Swim]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2015/11/lewis-pugh-to-present-wowsa-awards-at/ Lewis Pugh To Present WOWSA Awards At Big Chill Swim]
* [https://openwaterswimming.com/2016/05/ice-sevens-new-paradigm-in-ice-swimming/ Ice Sevens, A New Paradigm In Ice Swimming]
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* [https://www.openwaterswimming.com/2016/05/ice-sevens-new-paradigm-in-ice-swimming/ Ice Sevens, A New Paradigm In Ice Swimming]
  
 
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Locations of the Ice Sevens swims around the world, governed and ratified by the International Ice Swimming Association
Ice swimming in Murmansk, Russia. Photo by Nuala Moore of Ireland
Nuala Moore doing ice swimming in Russia inside the Arctic Circle at the Polar Olympics
Winter swimming in a pool carved out of a frozen body of water
Winter or Ice swimming by Ram Barkai in Antarctica
Zani Muller and Monika Hayes, winners of the 450m endurance swim at the 2014 International Winter Swimming Competition in Murmansk, Russia

noun - Cold-water swimming is extreme swimming in cold water. It is the activity of swimming during the winter season, typically in outdoor locations (open water swimming) or in unheated pools or lidos. Many cold water swimmers swim with standard swimwear rather than with wetsuits or other thermal protection. The activity may or may not involve freezing water, depending on the geographical location and the local temperature. Famous winter swimmers include Lynne Cox (USA), Ram Barkai (South Africa), Lewis Pugh (South Africa), Alexander Brylin (Russia) and Wang Gang Yi (China).

Cold water swimming is any form of swimming that would be extreme in terms of distance, water temperature or water conditions done in the cold. It may be synonymous with Winter swimming, Extreme swimming or Avantouinti or Ice swimming in colder countries. It can require either breaking the ice or entering where a spring keeps the water from freezing over. This may also be simulated by a pool of water at 0°C, the temperature at which water freezes. Cold-water swimmers typically dip their heads below the surface to ensure that they are completely wet, whether or not the water is over their heads. They usually do not swim beneath the ice, as it is easy to get disoriented when turning around and not be able to find one's way back to the hole. Some ice swimmers avoid this problem by swimming from one hole to another, or by swimming under the ice while tethered to the shore.

Northern Europe

In Finland, Northern Russia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, the cold-water swimming tradition has been connected with the sauna tradition.

Ice swimming on its own is especially popular in Finland. There is an Avantouinti (ice-hole swimming) and the Avantouinti Society.

United Kingdom

Famous locations include the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park, London.

China

In Harbin, northern China, many ice swim in the Songhua River.

Russia

There are strong traditions for cold-water swimming and dousing with cold water in Russia. They are done for health benefits, as a ritual of the Orthodox Church for the feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, and for sports. Such club members are called "walruses" (Russian: моржи) instead of "polar bears".

North America

The members of Canadian and American Polar Bear Clubs go outdoor bathing or swimming in the middle of winter. In some areas it is unusual or ceremonial enough to attract press coverage. Polar Bear Swims are conducted as fund-raisers for charity, notably the Special Olympics.

The oldest ice swimming club in the United States is the Coney Island Polar Bear Club of Coney Island, New York, who hold an annual polar plunge on New Year's Day as well as regular swims every Sunday from November to April.

Dr. Heather Massey on the Risks of Cold Water Swimming


Webinar on Cold Water Swimming


Susan Simmons, Gordon Giesbrecht, Ph.D., and Brian Hunt, Ph.D. talk about cold water swimming, organized by the Vancouver Open Water Swimming Association on 20 September 2020.

International Ice Swimming Association

The International Ice Swimming Association was founded by Ram Barkai of South Africa and conducts 600m and 1-mile swims in open bodies of water whose water temperatures are less than 5°C (41°F).

2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships


2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships sanctioned by the International Ice Swimming Association, including the ice kilometer race in Burghausen, Germany.

2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships sanctioned by the International Ice Swimming Association, including the ice kilometer race in Burghausen, Germany.

World Winter Swimming Championships

The World Winter Swimming Championships are also held annually in Europe where Extreme swimming events attract hundreds of athletes from dozens of countries.

Open Water Swimming in Antarctica

Synonyms

Winter swimming, Extreme swimming, Ice hole swimming, Ice swimming, Avantouinti (Finnish), Epiphany swimming

Winter Swimming Championships

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