ice and winter swimming

Swimming in freezing Winter waters: Insane or exhilarating?

It is hard not to notice how swimming in the outdoors has taken off in the UK over the last few years.

But while jumping in the water on a summer’s day might be refreshing, some hardy folk continue dipping in freezing temperatures throughout the Winter. Megan Titley speaks open water swimmers from the M.A.L.L.O.W.S Facebook group to find out if they are insane or actually, more sane than otherwise.

Open Dutch Championship / Green Heart Ice Swim 2020

Saturday, 1 February, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, 2 February, 2020 (All day)

Put it in your agenda!!
Swimming in ICE COLD water. Who dares?
On februari 1st and 2nd, 2020, the Green Heart Ice Swim will be held.
Green Heart Ice Swim is an ice swim race. Ice swimming is swimming in water under 5 degrees Celsius, without wetsuit.
There is a choice of distances, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 meters.

The provisional program is as follows:

Ice Swimming Volendam 2020

Saturday, 18 January, 2020 - 16:00 to Sunday, 19 January, 2020 - 18:00

Ice Swimming Volendam
Sat, 18 Jan 2020 - Sun, 19 Jan 2020

Lewis Pugh to train in Lewis for Antarctic lake swim

An environmental campaigner is to prepare for swim in Antarctica with an 11-day training camp in Lewis.

Lewis Pugh, an endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans, will start his training in the Western Isles on 29 December.

He has invited wild swimming enthusiasts to join him on his training swims in sea off Lewis.

The addictive magic of swimming in the sea in winter: 'It’s life affirming'

Thrill of cold water is an electrifying thought for an increasing number of Irish sea-swimmers

Visit any popular coastal location at the height of summer in Ireland, and you are likely to see people of all ages in the water. But when summer comes to a grinding halt, most people stay well out of the sea for another year, thinking it too cold, too dangerous and too much effort.

Ice Swimming Hallstättersee

Saturday, 14 December, 2019 (All day)

Ice Swimming Hallstättersee
Sat, 14 Dec 2019

Event Venue:Obertraun

Samstag, 14. Dezember 2019


Saturday, 7 December, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, 8 December, 2019 (All day)

Sat, 7 Dec 2019 - Sun, 8 Dec 2019

Event Venue:Silbersee Langenhagen
Event Distances:9 distances

The ice breakers. How Scotland's ice swimmers taught me to love the cold.

The snow-covered surface of an icy loch, for some is just an invitation to get out the sledgehammer, hack away and plunge in. When Vicky Allan and photographer Anna Deacon, cold water lovers themselves, started to research their book on the health benefits of wild swimming, it was the ice swimmers that lured them most.

6# Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open

Saturday, 4 January, 2020 (All day) to Monday, 6 January, 2020 (All day)

The 6th Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open, from 4th – 6th of January 2020, are THE ice-water-swim-event in Germany and a MUST DO for any athlete who's searching for an extraordinary challenge. Ice cold, crystal clear water and international participants will provide the ideal conditions and background for a sporting long weekend of fun, action, great atmosphere and loads of adrenalin in Veitsbronn, Franconia.


A Cabinteely man has become the first man in world to complete the Gruelling “Ice 7” swimming challenge.

The Ice 7s is created by the International Ice Swimming Association (IISA), where a swimmer has to complete an Ice Mile (1610 meters) in each of the seven continents, with water temperatures sub 5c.