ice and winter swimming

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.

Is taking a dip in ice-cold water the key to happiness?

The World Happiness Report named Finland as the happiest country on Earth, and for one Canadian writer living in the Nordic country, that might be due in part to the cultural practice of ice swimming.

Helsinki-based Katja Pantzar, author of The Finnish Way, told 680 CJOB that she quickly became hooked on the idea of ‘sisu’ – a local concept of resilience –  upon moving to Finland.

Could swimming in Scotland's cold seas be a cure for pain, depression and grief?

In the depths of winter, wild swimmers are wading out into the chill waters – not just because it's bonkers, but because it helps them deal with pain, depression and grief. Photographer Anna Deacon and writer, Vicky Allan, now a keen outdoor swimmer, have followed their stories.

Ice Swimming In The Netherlands

IISA Netherlands was established on September 4th 2017 by Richard Broer, Fergil Hesterman and Christa Hesterman-van Beers. 

The board of directors includes the three co-founders, Irene van der Laan, a dual inductee in the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, and Dr. Jac Guijt. 
Hesterman explains the Dutch governing body, "We promote the ice swimming in the Netherlands by setting up training groups and encouraging people to organize their own competitions.

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