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Deception Island

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Deception Island
Members of the Antarctica 2020, a series of ice swimming challenges and environmental swims inside the Antarctic Circle (66°33′46.5″ south) that was nominated for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year
Map of Deception Island

Deception Island is an island in the South Shetland Islands off the Antarctic Peninsula that has one of the safest harbours in Antarctica.

The island is the caldera of an active volcano, which caused serious damage to the local scientific stations in 1967 and 1969. The island previously held a whaling station; it is now a tourist destination and scientific outpost, with research bases being run by Argentina and Spain. Various countries have previously asserted sovereignty; it is now administered under the Antarctic Treaty System.

Swimming in Deception Island

  • The former whaling station now has tourist facilities and services where tourists can enjoy natural hot springs.
  • Lewis Pugh was the first person to swim a mile in the caldera of Deception Island without a wetsuit or any protective gear. Pugh swam in the 2°C (35.6°F) water for 30 minutes 30 seconds to complete his mile swim in 2005. It is named one of the World's Top 100 Island Swims by the World Open Water Swimming Association.

Video of Swims in Deception Island

Open Water Swimming in Antarctica

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