Register for the 2022 Winter Swimming World Championships

Register for the 2022 Winter Swimming World Championships

The 2022 Winter Swimming World Championships will be held in Lake OnegaPetrozavodsk, Karelia in northwest Russia between March 21st and 27th.

1,500 winter swimmers from 40 countries are expected to compete in the following races: 25m head-up breaststroke, 50m head-up breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 25m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 25m butterfly, 4x25m head-up breaststroke relay, 4x25m freestyle relay, 4x25m national team combined relay, Super Finals in 25m head-up breaststroke, 25m freestyle, 25m butterfly, non-timed 25m Seal swim, non-timed 50m Polar Bear swim, and the Young Seal dip. Disabled swimmer categories are included.

The Victoria Winter Swimming Club is the championship host. Since 2019, Victoria has organized international winter swimming competitions that includes the 2021 Russian Championships where a competition pool measuring 25m x 22m was cut out to make a 10-lane 25m swimming pool.

Registration deadline is March 10th – see here.

For more information, visit here.

For those new to the winter swimming community, the International Winter Swimming Association uses an alphanumeric system to designate its competitive age groups in its sanctioned international winter swimming competitions. The designations are as follows:

Shorter races: 25m + 50m + 100m breaststroke and freestyle + 25m butterfly events

  • A1from November 1st 2007 and later: under 15 years
  • A2from November 1st 2002 to October 31st 2007: 15-19 years
  • Bfrom November 1st 1992 to October 31st 2002: 20-29 years
  • Cfrom November 1st 1982 to October 31st 1992: 30-39 years
  • Dfrom November 1st 1977 to October 31st 1982: 40-44 years
  • Efrom November 1st 1972 to October 31st 1977: 45-49 years
  • Ffrom November 1st 1967 to October 31st 1972: 50-54 years
  • Gfrom November 1st 1962 to October 31st 1967: 55-59 years
  • Hfrom November 1st 1957 to October 31st 1962: 60-64 years
  • Ifrom November 1st 1952 to October 31st 1957: 65-69 years
  • Jfrom November 1st 1947 to October 31st 1952: 70-74 years
  • J1from November 1st 1942 to October 31st 1947: 75-79 years
  • J2from November 1st 1942 and earlier: 80 years and older

Longer races: 200m + 450m + 1000m events

  • Afrom November 1st 2002 to swim entry date: 18-19 years
  • Bfrom November 1st 1992 to October 31st 2002: 20-29 years
  • Cfrom November 1st 1982 to October 31st 1992: 30-39 years
  • Dfrom November 1st 1977 to October 31st 1982: 40-44 years
  • Efrom November 1st 1972 to October 31st 1977: 45-49 years
  • Ffrom November 1st 1967 to October 31st 1972: 50-54 years
  • Gfrom November 1st 1962 to October 31st 1967: 55-59 years
  • Hfrom November 1st 1957 to October 31st 1962: 60-64 years
  • Ifrom November 1st 1952 to October 31st 1957: 65-69 years
  • Jfrom November 1st 1947 to October 31st 1952: 70-74 years

Breaststroke relays: 4×25 meters

  • BR1 – 150 years (total age of team)
  • BR2 – 151-200 years (total age of team)
  • BR3 – 201-250 years (total age of team)
  • BR4 – 251+ years (total age of team)

Freestyle relays: 4×25 meters

  • FR1 – 150 years (total age of team)
  • FR2 – 151-200 years (total age of team)
  • FR3 – 201-250 years (total age of team)
  • FR4 – 251+ years (total age of team)

Non-competitive events

  • K – Polar Bears: 50m swim without timing
  • L – Seals: 25m swim without timing
  • M – Young Seals: dip in the water

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