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Big Chill Swim

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The Big Chill Swim (or the Big Chill Swim International Winter Swimming World Cup or the Big Chill Swim Winter Swimming Gala or the Big Chillswim Winter Swimming Gala) is an extreme winter swimming event in Windermere, England organized by Colin Hill of Chillswim. It is part of the Winter Swimming World Cup circuit. The inaugural event in the Lake District of England was held on 2 February 2013 in water temperature of 4.6ºC (40ºF) where winter swimmers took part in the 30m breaststroke event, 60m freestyle event, 4 x 30m team relay and 450m endurance swim.

The 2015 event was jointly sanctioned by the International Winter Swimming Association and the International Ice Swimming Association and named one of the World's Top 100 Open Water Swims after attracting over 1,000 winter swimmers to Windermere. It was designated as a stop on the Winter Swimming World Cup circuit.

WOWSA Awards[edit]

The Big Chill Swim will host the 2014 and 2015 WOWSA Awards where the recipients of the 2014 and 2015 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

Events[edit]

  • 30m penguin dip (£12): Ideal for novice winter swimmers, a non timed, no pressure swim - any style acceptable! One width of the marina.
  • 30m breaststroke (£15): Competitive head up breaststroke race, all types of hats welcome! Races will be one width of the marina and held in age group divisions.
  • 60m freestyle (£15): Competitive freestyle race. Races will be two widths of the marina and held in age group divisions. No tumble turns allowed.
  • 4 x 30m relay (£50): A competitive yet fun team event, any swim style, mixed teams only (one person of opposite gender). Each participant will swim one width of the marina for their team.
  • 450m endurance swim (£20): For experienced cold water swimmers only. A huge endurance challenge! Only touch turning allowed for 15 widths of the marina. Participants must provide summary of cold water training and experience, by email to info@chillswim.com to accompany their entry. Minimum requirement is to swim 1 km in water less than 6°C before the race, including witness current email/phone number contact details. This endurance swim race has limited entries. Chillswim reserve the right to refuse entry to swimmers who do not have sufficient experience (please don't be offended it is for the safety of the event).
  • Big Chill Swim 1000: an ultra-endurance 1000m non-wetsuit swim open to experienced cold water swimmers only.

Big Chill Swim[edit]


Windermere, site of the International Ice Swimming Association 1 km British Championships


Henri Kaarma at the 2014 Big Chill Swim


Martin Suzan on winter swimming safety protocols at the International Winter Swimming Association World Cup series at Windermere, England.


2016 Big Chill Swim in 6.4ºC (43.5ºF) choppy water in Windermere.

International Winter Swimming Association World Cup Series[edit]

Stage 1: 7th Jelgavas Roni Cup on 7 November 2015 in Jelgava, Latvia
Stage 2: 4th Big Chill Swim on 6-7 February 2016 in Windermere, England
Stage 3: 5th Scandinavian Winter Swimming Championships on 13-14 February 2016 in Skellefteå, Sweden
Stage 4: 7th Pirita Open on 27 February 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia
Stage 5: 10th Winter Swimming World Championships on 8-12 March 2016 in Tyumen, Russia

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