ice and winter swimming

The Truth Is Cold

Though I had been pool swimming, I hadn’t swam in the sea in four weeks, and if I didn’t get in at the weekend I would go a month without an open water swim for possibly the first time in a decade.

On Saturday the bay was lousy and blown out in howling onshores, breakers stretching out over a mile from the coast, unswimmable even using the alternative option of swimming out through the pier entrance.

Ice swimming: the perfect Ctrl-Alt-Delete reboot

Swimming in ice requires a certain determination, but also chain-saws to cut the ice and form racing lanes. A sauna is also needed and apparently hot chocolate helps a lot.

Tiffiny Quinn is one of 12 hardy Irish swimmers travelling to the Artic Circle for a St Patrick’s Day dip at the ice swimming world championships.

Young Russians seek health, highs in ice swimming

Diving into a long hole cut in the ice, Viktoria Tsuranova swims a few strokes and flashes a smile at the photographer capturing the moment for her Instagram account.

She is one of a new generation of Russian "Walruses" - hardy swimmers who plunge into frozen rivers and lakes all through the winter.

A young Dutch swimmer to break the 12:00 minutes

Sven Elfferich , a young (almost 18y) manage to be the first Ice Swimmer to break the 12 minutes.

Sven, who unfortunately, will not participate in Murmansk world Champ, due to age restrictions by Russian sport ministry, swum 11:55:40 minutes in the Austrian Ice Swimming National Champ at Altenworth. 

Why wild swimming in depths of winter is the new natural high

In search of inner calm and the ultimate natural high, growing numbers of Britons are braving freezing temperatures to swim in the great outdoors. From freshwater lakes and icy mountain pools to the thrashing waves of the sea, wild winter swimming – once the preserve of thrill-seekers and SAS training camps – is fast going mainstream.

Fraser Watson trains with GB ice swimmer Alistair Bell

It’s snowing lightly, the cold wind is piercing, and the risk of hypothermia is very real.

You’re in the remote area of Tregaron, high up on a mountain, miles from civilisation with zero phone reception to boot.

And you’re about to voluntarily dip into a lake measuring 34 degrees centigrade below human body temperature. Your insurance policy? Swimming trunks.

To me and you it’s called lunacy.

Weather hits epic Ice Mile challenge in Co Wicklow

This weekend's International Ice Mile swimming event in Lough Dan in Co Wicklow has been postponed due to treacherous weather conditions.

The event will now take place in Dublin's Clontarf Baths tomorrow.

Call of the wild: the rise of open water swimming in West Cork

West Cork is perfectly suited to year-round open water swimming, a pursuit which has been on the crest of a wave of popularity in recent years.

Swimming for me was, at first, a medical necessity.

After a back operation in 2001, I was told to take to the water. I was a reluctant water baby, having a slight fear of the sea after a few too many ‘ducking’ incidents in my youth, but needs must, so I took some one-on-one lessons with a very patient instructor and eventually found my sea legs.

‘Too warm’ for proper training

WE may have had the coldest days of the winter this week but it still not chilly enough for Gloucester’s John Myatt, who is off to Russia next month to swim in freezing water as part of Team GB’s entry in the third International Ice Swimming Championships.

Porthcawl ‘persuades’ Lewis to tackle a a marathon charity swimming challenge

Porthcawl resident Lewis Brown has just completed a gruelling (and very cold) swimming challenge – taking to the water for 100 consecutive days – with no wetsuit.

He has been so determined to never miss a day that, even when he and wife Jade went to London, he swam once in the Serpentine in Hyde Park, and once in a London Dock.

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