An ice swim is a minimum of a mile (1.6 km) swim in sub-5°C (41°F)
noun – The International Ice Swimming Association (or the IISA) is an extreme swimminggoverning body that was founded by Ram Barkai to conduct and govern extreme cold-water and ice swimming events (ice miles) where the maximum water temperature is 41°F (5°C) and wetsuits are not allowed. It was selected as the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
The International Ice Swimming Association conducts the Speedo Ice Swim in the high-altitude (1400 meters) Nuwedam in Fraserburg, Northern Cape, known as the coldest region of South Africa. It is a one-mile swim held in water 5°C or less and also includes a 600-meter qualification swim for those swimmers who will to enter the one-mile event in the future.
Swimmers usually emerged from the cold water of the International Ice Swimming Association events discolored in various shades from the extreme cold, some barely able to talk or walk. However, there are always adequate temporary medical facilities staffed by experienced doctors and nurses at the finish.
The IISA oversees and ratifies Ice swims all over the world including England (British Ice Swimming Championships in Windermere) and Ireland (Ireland Ice Swimming Championships). Its Fraserburg event is one of the World’s Top 100 Open Water Swims.
The IISA organizes and sanctions the Ice Cup or International Ice Swimming Association World Cup circuit.
Port Vila is one of the most beautiful harbors in the world and swimmers pass over reefs and deep channels in clear waters around Iririki Island. Attracts over 200 swimmers from Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Fiji. Features clinics with some of the world's top distance swimmers, artifact trophies for top 3 finishers in each age group.