He has inspired people through his extreme swims and extraordinarily positive view of life and its challenges. He has done ice swims with Anne Marie Ward and Nuala Moore in Ireland, with Gavin Pike in Scotland, and with Andrew Chin, Ryan Stramrood, Toks Viviers, Kieron Palframan and Andrew Chin in Chile and Argentina. He will appear on Stan Lee's Superhumans television series for this ability to swim without a wetsuit or neoprene cap at lethally cold water temperatures.
In 2012, Barkai completed a 1.3 km swim in an ice-bound lake in Jondal, Norway water temperature of 0.2˚C at 1000m above sea level. The swim is part of a new series on Discovery HD, which will air in 200 locations towards the end of this year.