Cold-water swimmer

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Cold-water swimmer Ram Barkai in Antarctica
Nuala Moore doing an ice swim in Russia inside the Arctic Circle
Alexander Brylin, the famed Russian ice swimmer and 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year nominee
Alexander Brylin and colleagues carrying the Olympic torch relay on its way to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in 2ºC (35.6ºF) water in the Amur River

noun - A cold-water swimmer is an athlete who does any form of swimming that is extreme in terms of water temperature and includes ice swimming. An cold-water swimmer performs exploits in bodies of water ranging from a frozen crust of ice to water under 10 degrees C.

A cold-water swimmer may be synonymous with Winter swimming or Avantouinti or Ice swimming in colder countries. This requires 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. Ice 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.


Extreme swimmer, Ice swimmer, winter swimmer

Videos of Cold-water Swimmers

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