noun - Excursion swims are non-competitive open water swims that are of various lengths and range in various levels of difficulty and conducted with either bioprene or neoprene. They are held in all kind of open bodies of water, from salt to fresh, and warm to cold, and are generally done in groups where camaraderie, safety and adventure are the goals as is enjoyment, challenge, and self-discovery.
The Highest Swim
Madswimmers doing high-altitude swimming at 5909m (19,386 feet) in a frozen lake on Mt Tres Cruces, a volcano in the Andes Mountains along the Argentina - Chile border in South America with the water temperature between 0.5 - 2ºC (32.9ºF - 35.6ºC). Jean Craven, Herman van der Westhuizen and Chris Marthinusen completed the 5-minute neoprened wild swim while Evan Feldman and Milton Brest swam in wetsuits and Robert Graaff and Juandre Human were unable to partake in the final swim due to medical restraints after a 6-hour hike up the volcano and a laborious creating of the small area to swim through the 20 cm thick ice covering.