Arctic, Antarctica, BiPolar Ice Swimmers Announced by the International Ice Swimming Association

Arctic, Antarctica, BiPolar Ice Swimmers Announced by the International Ice Swimming Association

IISA founder and ice swimming visionary Ram Barkai announced the launch of the new International Ice Swimming Association website – see here. In the offering, there is a plethora of new information, new definitions, and the exploits of many ice swimmers to emulate and learn from.

On the new IISA website, Barkai defines and ratifies three different types of Arctic swimmers based on the established rules of the International Ice Swimming Association: BiPolar ice swimmers, Antarctica ice swimmers, and Arctic ice swimmers.

The Antarctica ice swimmers have completed an Ice Kilometer or longer at the bottom of the world, at a latitude of 60°S or below. The Arctic ice swimmers have completed an Ice Kilometer or longer at the top of the world, at a latitude of 70°N or above. The BiPolar ice swimmers are those who completed an Ice Swim of 1000m or longer in both the Polar Antarctica and Arctic regions.

BiPolar Ice Swimmers:

1. Lewis Pugh, Great Britain
2. Jaimie Monahan (42) USA
3. Ger Kennedy (51) Ireland
4. Ram Barkai (63) South Africa
5. Leszek Naziemiec (47) Poland

Antarctica Ice Swimmers:

1. Lynne Cox (USA) in 2002, 1.96 km in 0.00°C water in 46 minutes 38 seconds in Neko HarbourAntarctica at 64.50° S
2. Lewis Pugh (Great Britain) in 2005, 1.00 km in 0.00°C water 18 minutes 0 seconds in Peterman Island, Antarctica at 65.10° S
3. Ram Barkai (South Africa) in 2008, 1.00 km in 1.00°C in 22 minutes 5 seconds in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica at 70.75° S
4. Andrew Chin (South Africa) in 2014, 1.00 km in 0.50°C in 14 minutes 25 seconds in Paradise Harbour, Antarctica at 64.90° S
5. Ram Barkai (South Africa) in 2014, 1.25 km in -1.00°C in 30 minutes 0 seconds in Neko Harbour, Antarctica at 64.80° S
6. Kieron Palframan (South Africa) in 2014, 1.55 km in -1.00°C in 30 minutes 0 seconds in Neko Harbour, Antarctica at 64.80° S
7. Toks Viviers (South Africa) (59) in 2014, 1.61 km in 0.50°C in 25 minutes 30 seconds in Paradise Bay, Antarctica at 64.90° S
8. Gavin Pike (South Africa) in 2014, 1.61 km in 0.50°C in 25 minutes 57 seconds in Paradise Bay, Antarctica at 64.90° S
9. Ryan Stramrood (South Africa) (48) in 2014, 1.61 km in -1.00°C in 32 minutes 8 seconds in Neko Harbour, Antarctica at 64.90° S
10. Bhakti Sharma (India) (31) in 2015, 2.29 km in 1.00°C in 41 minutes 14 seconds in Paradise Harbour, Antarctica at 64.90° S
11. Jaimie Monahan (USA) (42) in 2018, 1.63 km in 0.57°C in 30 minutes 49 seconds in Paradise Harbour, Antarctica at 64.90° S
12. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria) in 2018, 1.00 km in -1.2°C in 11 minutes 8 seconds in Port Lockroy, Antarctica at 64.80° S
13. Victoria Mori (Argentina) (28) in 2018, 1.00 km in -1.2°C in 12 minutes 2 seconds in Port Lockroy, Antarctica at 64.80° S
14. Diego Lopez (Spain) (40) in 2018, 1.00 km in -1.2°C in 12 minutes 40 seconds in Port Lockroy, Antarctica at 64.80° S
15. Paolo Chiarino (Italy) (55) in 2018, 1.00 km in -1.2°C in 14 minutes 15 seconds in Port Lockroy, Antarctica at 64.80° S
16. Leszek Naziemiec (Poland) (47) in 2018, 1.00 km in -1.2°C in 14 minutes 42 seconds in Port Lockroy, Antarctica at 64.80° S
17. Clinton le Sueur (South Africa) (47) in 2018, 1.00 km in -1.2°C in 16 minutes 17 seconds in Port Lockroy, Antarctica at 64.80° S
18. Jean Craven (South Africa) (49) in 2018, 1.00 km in -1.2°C in 16 minutes 21 seconds in Port Lockroy, Antarctica at 64.80° S
19. Sergio Salomone (Argentina) (54) in 2018, 1.00 km in -1.2°C in 17 minutes 1 second in Port Lockroy, Antarctica at 64.80° S
20. Wyatt Song (Australia) (45) in 2018, 1.00 km in -1.2°C in 18 minutes 21 seconds in Port Lockroy, Antarctica at 64.80° S
21. Samantha Whelpton (South Africa) (36) in 2018, 1.00 km in -1.2°C in 18 minutes 38 seconds in Port Lockroy, Antarctica at 64.80° S
22. Ram Barkai (South Africa) (63) in 2018, 1.00 km in -1.2°C in 18 minutes 47 seconds in Port Lockroy, Antarctica at 64.80° S
23. Yunfeng Wang (China) (58) in 2018, 1.00 km in -1.2°C in 20 minutes 14 seconds in Port Lockroy, Antarctica at 64.80° S
24. Alexander Brylin (Russia) (44) in 2018, 1.00 km in -1.2°C in 20 minutes 19 seconds in Port Lockroy, Antarctica at 64.80° S
25. Андрей Агарков (Russia) (57) in 2018, 1.00 km in -1.2°C in 25 minutes 27 seconds in Port Lockroy, Antarctica at 64.80° S
26. Paul Eugen Dorin Georgescu (Romania) (42) 2020, 1.61 km in 0.00°C in 22 minutes 44 seconds in Hanusse Bay, Antarctica at 66.60° S
27. Cath Pendleton (Great Britain) (49) in 2020, 1.61 km in 0.03°C in 32 minutes 54 seconds in Hanusse Bay, Antarctica at 66.60° S
28. Ger Kennedy (Ireland) (51) in 2020, 1.66 km in 0.53°C in 34 minutes 2 seconds in Paradise Bay, Antarctica at 64.90° S
29. Dee Newell (Ireland) (36) in 2020, 1.00 km in 1.6°C in 00 minutes 22 seconds in Deception Island, Antarctica at 62.90° S
30. Jane Hardy (Great Britain) (54) in 2020, 1.00 km in 1.6°C in 00 minutes 23 seconds in Deception Island, Antarctica at 62.90° S
31. Kathryn Pratschke (Ireland) (50) in 2020, 1.00 km in 1.6°C in 00 minutes 24 seconds in Deception Island, Antarctica at 62.90° S
32. Redy Redfern (Great Britain) (63) in 2020, 1.00 km in 1.6°C in 00 minutes 24 seconds in Deception Island, Antarctica at 62.90° S

Arctic Swimmers:

1. Lewis Pugh (Great Britain) in 2007, 1.00 km in -1.70°C in 18 minutes 50 seconds in North Pole at 90.00°N
2. Jaimie Monahan (USA) (42) in 2017, 1.79 km in 2.37°C in 32 minutes 9 seconds in Mikkelvik Brygge, Karlsøy, Norway at 70.01°N
3. Kate Steels (Great Britain) (51) in 2017, 1.71 km in 2.37°C in 33 minutes 16 seconds in Mikkelvik Brygge, Norway at 70.01°N
4. Rory Fitzgerald (Great Britain) (63) in 2017, 1.69 km in 2.90°C in 25 minutes 3 seconds in Mikkelvik Brygge, Norway at 70.01°N
5. Ger Kennedy (Ireland) (51) in 2017, 1.61 km in 2.53°C in 34 minutes 5 seconds in Mikkelvik Brygge, Norway at 70.01°N
6. Patrick Bolster (Ireland) (55) in 2017, 1.61 km in 2.87°C in 37 minutes 21 seconds in Mikkelvik Brygge, Norway at 70.01°N
7. Korina Kinga (Poland) in 2017, 1.02 km in 4.51°C in 20 minutes 0 seconds in Svalbard at 78.50°N
8. Ram Barkai (Great Britain) (63) in 2017, 1.66 km in 4.61°C in 28 minutes 16 seconds in Svalbard, Norway in the Arctic Sea at 78.50°N
9. Marek Grzywa (Poland) (46) in 2017, 1.64 km in 4.51°C in 34 minutes 59 seconds in Spitzbergen, Svalbard, Norway at 78.50°N
10. Leszek Naziemiec (Poland) (47) in 2017, 1.66 km in 4.51°C in 39 minutes 39 seconds in Spitzbergen, Svalbard, Norway at 78.50°N
11. Lukasz Tkacz (Poland) (42) in 2017, 1.85 km in 4.51°C in 45 minutes 44 seconds in Spitzbergen, Svalbard, Norway at 78.50°N
12. Karen Ennis (Great Britain) (49) in 2020, 1.61 km in 3.83°C in 39 minutes 26 seconds in Grunnfjord Tromso Norway N70.01 at 70.01°N
13. Nikki Pope (Great Britain) (54) 2020, 1.61 km in 3.80°C in 39 minutes 43 seconds in Grunnfjord Tromso Norway N70.01.090 at 70.01°N

There is also IISA TV, its own YouTube Channel where the IISA accepts high-quality videos of events or interesting swims where prizes will be awarded.

Upper photo of Lewis Pugh in Greenland © Olle Nordell

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