Nuala Moore is an Irish Open Water swimmer, mostly known for my extreme Ice swims. I have pushed boundaries in some of the most dangerous icy waters and remote locations in the world. As an event organiser, I have hosted and developed swims, risk assessments and grew open water swimming in Ireland since 2000.
I have two Guinness World Records for extreme swims, International relay team to swim from Russia to the USA across the Bering Strait, 1st swimmer in the world first swim the Meeting of the Oceans, Drake Passage with Patagonia Swims 3rd woman in the world to complete a 1000m in 0 deg Ice 6 person team to swim around the island of Ireland in 2006, over 56 days over 800nautical miles. This was one of the most courageous swims ever achieved in the world of open water swimming
2012 -2015 developed and created the safety procedures in the North Channel Swim and grew the channel to a world platform Nuala is a pioneer, a cold water safety specialist, a coach, a mentor. In 2014, I developed the Ireland Ice Swimming Program to focus and grow the sport of Ice swimming within the perimeters of safety. 2015 IISA Ambassador of the Year for my work on Safety 2018 I founded the concept of Ocean Rescue, Recovery, Remote Emergency Care, interagency platform to share information on safety and Risk assessments 2018 Awarded the Frank Golden Scholarship for my work on cold water safety She wrote a manual “An Insight into the World of Ice Swimming” & served as a faculty member on the Ocean Extreme Medicine course, for the World Extreme Medicine.
Role in Swimming Community
Awards & Accomplishments
Moore was awarded the International Ice Swimming Association Ambassador of the Year 2015 for her work on Safety and the Ice
Moore was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
Moore was awarded the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association Female Swimmer of the Year.
Moore was also the recipient of the Margaret Smith Award given annually by the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association in 2011
Moore was nominated for the 2014 Outsider of the Year by Outsider Magazine
Moore was a member of the Bering Strait Swim that was selected as the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
Moore was nominated for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year category in the WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
Moore was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year category in the WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
Moore participated in the Bering Strait Relay that was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year category in the WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association
Moore was nominated for the 2016 Outsider Woman of the Year by Outsider Magazine in Ireland.
She was a member of the successful, unprecedented *5-day Bering Strait Swim relay, a 6-day, 54-mile (86 km) relay crossing from Cape Dezhnev in Chukotka, Russia, to Cape Prince of Wales in the state of Alaska, USA. August 2014.
Ice Swimming Competition in Tyumen (Тюме́н), Russia at the 1st Open Russian Cup 2012 : Distances up to 400m at 0°C, Air -44° in 2014.
Ice Mile in Peddlars Lake in Dingle, Ireland, 1,800m in 4°C water in 2014.
Murmansk Winter Swimming Championship: 1000m swim at the 2014 Russian Winter Swimming Championships in Murmansk, Russia in 0.4°C water in 2014.
Tyumen 2nd Open Russian Cup : Distances up to 400m at 0°C, Air -20°C in Tyumen (Russian: Тюме́н).
China Winter Swimming Championship : Distances up to 450m in 2014.
Finland World Winter Swimming Championships in Finland : 450m in 0°C water in 2014
Argentina Winter Swimming Festival-Perito Moreno Glacier and Mendoza distances to 1000m in 2014
Tyumen 4rd Open Russian Cup Siberia distances from 50m to 450m in 0°C water in 2014
Wild Water Armagh at the 1st Inaugural Irish Ice Swimming 1000m in 4°C water in 2015.
Tallinn, Estonia at the Pirita Open, 650m in 2°C water in 2015.
Murmansk International Ice Swimming World Championship 1000m in 0°C, 450m at 0°C in 2015.
International Winter Swimming Festival in Argentina in distances up to 500m in 1°C water in Perito Moreno Glacier in 2015.
Tyumen Russian Open Cup 50m, 100m, 200m (4rd place) 500m (1st Place) in 0°C water in 2015.
Wild Water Armagh, 2nd Irish Ice Swimming 1000m in 4.5°C water in 2016.
World Winter Swimming Championships in Tyumen, Siberia, 200m (2nd) and 450m (4th) in 0°C water in 2016.
Russian IISA 1000m Championship at the Yenesei River, Krasnoyarsk, Russia 1st place in 1°C water in 2016.
Argentina 1000m @ 5°C water in Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego in 2016.
Relay Swim across the Beagle Channel from Port Navarino Chile to Port Ushuaia Argentina in 4-5°C water in 2016.
She won Masters Outsider Award from Outsider Magazine for 2016.
In April 2018, she completed a 1+ mile swim, 2 miles south from the southern tip of Cape Horn Island - 1.7 km Meeting of the Oceans from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean.
She was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women in 2016 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.
She was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women in 2018 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.
She was named one of the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women in 2019 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.
She was nominated for the Irish Adventurer of the Year in the category of Best Adventure by Water for her 1-mile ocean swim from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean through the Drake Passage that is two miles south of Chile's Cape Horn where the water temperature was 6°C amid 4 meter ocean swells.
She finished second in her age group (45-49) in 22:48.44 at the inaugural 1000m International Ice Swimming Championship in Lake Semenovskoe in Murmansk, Russia in 0.8ºC under the auspices of the International Ice Swimming Association.