Nadine Bennett is a 48-year-old Canadian winter swimmer from Ottawa, Ontario.
Open Water Swimming Career Highlights
- She serves as the race director of the first Vampire Swims held in Canada.
- She served as a swim angel for the 3 km Bring on the Bay swim.
- She is the 10 km Ontario Masters provincial record holder (2013-2014) from Ottawa, Ontario.
- She competed in the 2017 Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont in February 2017.
- She competed in the 2018 Memphremagog Winter Swim Festival in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont on 23-25 February 2018.
- On 11 November 2018 in Lac Meech, Chelsea, Canada in 4.53°C water and -14.00°C air, she completed an Ice Mile, 1.18 miles in 41 minutes 31 seconds, observed by Aimee Jones and witnessed by Diane Harper.
- On 25 November 2018 in JD Memorial Park, Mississauga, Canada in 4.10°C water and 6.00°C air, she completed an Ice Mile, 1.03 miles in 33 minutes 45 seconds, observed by Gemma Sim and witnessed by Lisa Champion.
- On 2 December 2018 in Kellys Beach, Prescott, Ontario, Canada in 3.93°C water and 4.00°C air, she completed an Ice Mile, 1.05 miles in 34 minutes 49 seconds, observed by Aimee Jones and witnessed by Catherine Desmarais.
- On 11 November 2019, she completed an Ice Mile (1.9 km total) in 41 minutes 31 seconds in 4.53°C lake water and -8.00°C air.
Vampire Swims are also a great way to kick off the cold water, winter swimming season in those locations where swimming continues year round. Entry fee for these swims will include proof that the swimmer has donated blood within 6 weeks prior to the swim. Some venues are arranging a blood mobile to collect donations immediately after the swim. Those who cannot make a donation of blood for medical reasons can make a cash donation to the Red Cross or some other similar organization. A US$10 registration fee will also be expected of each swimmer to cover the cost of a custom, bloody-toothed swim cap and other incidental expenses with any remainder also to be donated to the Red Cross or other equivalent organizations that collect and distribute blood.
Vampire Swim Venues
• Newport, Vermont (Lake Memphremagog) (Phil White)
• Boston, Massachusetts (Greg O’Connor)
• New York, New York (Jaimie Monahan)
• Westport, Connecticut (Liz Fey)
• Ottawa, Ontario (Nadine Bennett)
• Kingston, Ontario (Deborah Durbin)
• Loch Ness, Scotland (Helen Beveridge)
• Loch Lomond, Scotland (Chris Sifleet)
• Flathead Lake, Polson, Montana (Mark Johnston)
- Summer Swimming In Lake Memphremagog
- Breaking Distance In The Ice
- International Ice Swimming Association
- International Ice Swimming Association Ice Mile #1 data
- International Ice Swimming Association Ice Mile #2 data
- International Ice Swimming Association Ice Mile #3 data
- International Ice Swimming Association bio
- Vampire Swims
- Blood-letting Open Water Swims
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Open Water Swimming
- Marathon Swimming
- Daily News of Open Water Swimming
- I Got Stung
- Watery Winter Wonderland In The Northeast Kingdom
- Have Fun, Do Good, Enjoy A Swim