Ice swim

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Speedo Ice Swim Africa start, photo by Jacques Marais
Nuala Moore ice swimming in Russia inside the Arctic Circle
noun - An ice swim is a swim of at least one mile completed with standard channel swimming gear (porous, non-neoprene swimsuit that does not cover the shoulders or go below the upper leg with one swim cap and ear plugs but no wetsuit or technical swimsuit) in water temperature of 5°C (41°F) or less, as defined by the International Ice Swimming Association.

Standard channel swimming gear is deemed to be a non-neoprene swimsuit and swim cap. The material must not offer thermal protection or buoyancy and shall be not extend beyond the end of the shoulders or extend below where the upper leg meets the torso.

The Speedo Ice Swim Africa is one example of an ice swim.



Ice mile, extreme swim

Winter Olympics

In 2011, Steven Munatones of the World Open Water Swimming Association proposed that an ice swimming competition of 1 kilometer in water temperatures 5°C (41°F) or less be added to the Winter Olympics.


WOWSA Voting

The International Ice Swimming Association was voted as the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year:


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