The ICE Series Episode 1 with Dr. Otto Thaning: Heart and Hypothermia in The Ice

The ICE Series Episode 1 with Dr. Otto Thaning: Heart and Hypothermia in The Ice

Courtesy of WOWSA Live, Huntington Beach, California.

The ICE Series – How Ice Swimmers Achieve the Impressive, Improbable, and Inconceivable is a WOWSA Live production. The ICE Series is a podcast and collaboration between the International Ice Swimming Association and the World Open Water Swimming Association to share information, education, and heroic activities in the global ice swimming community.

The co-hosts for The ICE Series include Ram Barkai, the founder, visionary and chairman of the International Ice Swimming Association, and Steven Munatones of the World Open Water Swimming Association.

The inaugural episode of The ICE Series featured the incomparable Dr. Otto Thaning, a cardiothoracic surgeon from Cape Town, South Africa who has long specialized in surgical procedures of the heart and lungs. Dr. Thaning is not only a lifelong swimmer who is the oldest person to cross the English Channel (at the age of 73), but who also worked with Dr. Christiaan Barnard, the South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant operation early in his career.

Dr. Thaning has long surrounded himself with the best of the South African open water swimming community including Lewis Pugh, Martin Goodman, and Roger Finch who helped him become the oldest person to swim 7.4 km from Robben Island this April in 2 hours 52 minutes.

With his deep, comprehensive knowledge of human physiology and the impact of cold water, Dr. Thaning talks with co-hosts Barkai and Munatones on Episode 1: Heart and Hypothermia in The Ice. Enjoy the conversation about ice swimming above.

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