Speedo Ice Swim

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Speedo Ice Swim Africa start by Jacques Marais

The Speedo Ice Swim, now called the Ice Swim Africa, is a one-mile swim held in water 5°C or less. It also includes a 600-meter qualification swim for those swimmers who will to enter the one-mile event in the future.

Speedo Ice Swim Africa

The Speedo Ice Swim Africa is the premier stop on the ice swim circuit organized by the International Ice Swimming Association. It is held in Nuwedam in Fraserburg, Northern Cape, known as the coldest region of South Africa.

With water temperature at 5°C and an altitude of 1,400 meters, the conditions are ideal for a stop on the International Ice Swimming Association circuit.

Swimmers usually emerged from the cold water discolored in various shades from the extreme cold, some barely able to talk or walk. However, there are always adequate temporary medical facilities staffed by experienced doctors and nurses at the finish.

Known as "absoluut malligheid" (absolute madness), there are dozens of hardy South African swimmers who annually test themselves in the event.


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