Doing Ice In A Bigger, Global Way: The IISA Ice Circuit

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Once Ram Barkai puts his mind on something, it will get done.

After he hosted the first Ice Mile in Fraserburg on the Northern Cape, known as the coldest region of South Africa in 2011, the growth of ice swimming has been on a constant upward trajectory. There has also been a significant shift in the speed in the swimmer, embodied by Christof Wandratsch’s world record of 13:00 minutes and Renata Nováková record of 14:21 in 0.08°C water and -3°C air at the 1 km at the 1st International Ice Swimming Association World Championships in March 2015 in Murmansk, Russia (see here) .

The current 10-stage ice circuit is as follows:

July 15th 2015 – International Ice Swimming Association South Africa
1 km Championships in Matroosberg Dam, South Africa
Ram Barkai, Event Director

December 19th 2015 – Riber Labe CZ Ice Swim
1 km in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic [river]
Jakub Valnicek, IISA Officer; Jiri Kurina, Event Director
Water Temperature: 4.5°C
Air Temperature: 0.0°C
Contact: [email protected]
Website: www.internationaliceswimming.com

December 20th 2015 – Austrian Ice Swimming Championships
1 km in Wien, Austria [lake]
Josef Köberl, Event Director
Water Temperature: 0.0°C
Air Temperature: 0.0°C
Contact: [email protected]
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/186002511743432

January 8th – 10th 2016 – Aqua Sphere Ice Swimming German Open Burghausen
1 km in Burghausen, Germany [pool]
Christof Wandratsch, IISA Official; Oliver Halder, Event Director
Water Temperature: 0.0°C
Air Temperature: 0.0°C
Contact: [email protected]
Website: www.ice-swimming.eu

January 23rd 2016 – Polish Championships in Winter Swimming 1 km IISA
1 km in Katowice, Poland [lake]
Leszek Naziemiec, Event Director
Water Temperature: 0.0°C
Air Temperature: 0.0°C
Contact: [email protected]
Website: silesiawinterswimming.com

January 30th – 31st 2016 – International Ice Swimming Association Ireland 1K National Championships
1 km in Wild Water, Armagh, Ireland [pool]
Pádraig Mallon, IISA Official; Jacqueline McClelland, Event Director
Water Temperature: 0.0°C
Air Temperature: 0.0°C
Contact: [email protected]
Website: www.iisaireland.ie

January 30th – 31st 2016 – Dutch Open Ice Swim Championships
1 km in Zwembad De Waterdam in Volendam, Netherlands [pool]
Marcel Stroet, Event Director
Water Temperature: 0.0°C
Air Temperature: 0.0°C
Contact: [email protected]
Website: www.openwaterswimming.club

February 26th 2016 – Estonian 1 km Ice Swimming Championships
1 km in Tallinn, Estonia [river]
Henri Kaarma, Event Director
Water Temperature: 0.0°C
Contact: [email protected]
Website: piritaopen.blogspot.co.uk/

TBA – Russia IISA 1 km Championships
1 km in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia
Irina Makarova, Event Director

TBA – IISA Great Britain 1 km Championships
1 km in the UK
Pauline Barker, Event Director

The ice swimming event calendar is here.

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