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Tiffany McQueen, winter swimming in Lake Memphremagog in Vermont
Winter swimmer in Siberia, Russia
Ice swimming in Murmansk, Russia. Photo by Nuala Moore of Ireland
Molly Conroy training at the Conroy Pond for her ice mile at the 2015 Ireland Ice Swimming Championships. Photo by Paul McCambridge / MAC Visual Media
Nuala Moore doing an ice swim 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
Locations of the Ice Sevens swims around the world, governed and ratified by the International Ice Swimming Association

noun - Cold water swimming is the activity of open water swimming in cold water, generally defined as 10°C (50°F) or less using standard swimwear rather than using wetsuits or other thermal protection. The activity may or may not involve freezing water, depending on the geographical location and the local temperature. Cold water swimming is any form of swimming that would be extreme in terms of distance, water temperature or water conditions done in winter. It can be performed in a body of water with a frozen crust of ice, or under the hot tropical sun.

Cold Water Swimming Luminaries[edit]

International Ice Swimming Association[edit]

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).

International Winter Swimming Association[edit]

The International Winter Swimming Association (IWSA) is the governing body that governs and sanctions the annual Winter Swimming Championships and the Winter Swimming World Cup in various locations around the world. Its chairperson is Yrjö-Koskinen Mariia of Finland and its co-organizer is Aleksandr Jakovlevs of Latvia.

World Winter Swimming Championships[edit]

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

Synonyms[edit]

Epiphany swimming, Cold-water swimming, Ice hole swimming, Ice swimming, Avantouinti (Finnish), Extreme swimming, Polar Bear Swim

Ice Sevens Challenge[edit]

The Ice Sevens Challenge or the Ice Sevens is the ice swimming equivalent of the Oceans Seven. Conceived by Ger Kennedy and Steven Munatones, to achieve the Ice Sevens, a swimmer must complete a 1 km swim under standard ice swimming rules (i.e., no wetsuit and no neoprene hat) in the following locations:

1 Any location in Europe below 5ºC (41ºF)
2 Any location in Russia below 5ºC (41ºF)
3 Any location in China below 5ºC (41ºF)
4 Any location in the U.S.A. below 5ºC (41ºF)
5 Any location in South Africa below 5ºC (41ºF)
6 Any location in South America below 5ºC (41ºF)
7 Any Polar location in the Arctic Circle or Southern Ocean below 5ºC (41ºF)

Big Chill Swim[edit]


2016 Big Chill Swim in 6.4ºC (43.5ºF) choppy water in Windermere, England.

2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships[edit]


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.

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