Adventure ice swimming
noun - Adventure ice swimming are solo ice swims that include Polar Ice Miles, Ice Miles and the Ice Sevens challenge held in water temperatures less than 5°C (41°F) and governed by the International Ice Swimming Association.
Adventure ice swimming differs from competitive ice swimming that includes International Ice Swimming Association-governed and -sanctioned races in the ice swimming community that include 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 200m freestyle, 500m freestyle, 1000m freestyle (Ice Kilometer) held in ice pools or in the open water.
International Ice Swimming Association
Adventure Ice Swimming in Antarctica
- Lynne Cox was the first human to swim in Neko Harbor and in Antarctica without a wetsuit when she swam 1.2 miles in 2°C (35°F) waters in 25 minutes in 2002
- Ryan Stramrood, Ram Barkai and Kieron Palframan attempted an Ice mile in Neko Harbor in Antarctica in -1ºC (30.2ºF) waters on 4 March 2014
- Andrew Chin completed a 1 km swim while Toks Viviers and Gavin Pike completed an ice mile in Paradise Harbour in Antarctica in -1ºC (30.2ºF) water also on 4 March 2014
- Lewis Pugh has swum 1 km in 0°C waters off Petermann Island and 1 mile in 2°C (35°F) waters near Deception Island in 30 minutes 30 seconds, both in 2005
- Ram Barkai swam 1 km at 70º south latitude, near Maitri, the Indian scientific research station in Antarctica, in Long Lake in 1°C (33.8°F) waters in 2008.
- Bhakti Sharma swam 1.4 miles in 52 minutes in 1ºC water in the Southern Ocean in January 2015
Ice Sevens Challenge
The Ice Sevens Challenge or the Ice Sevens is the ice swimming equivalent of the Oceans Seven. Conceived by Ger Kennedy and Steven Munatones, and ratified by the International Ice Swimming Association, to achieve the Ice Sevens, a swimmer must complete a 1-mile swim under standard ice swimming rules (i.e., no wetsuit and no neoprene hat) in the following locations:
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in Europe
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in Oceania
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in Asia
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in North America
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in Africa
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any location in South America
o An Ice Mile swum below 5ºC (41ºF) in any Polar location at 60º south or below or 70º north or above
o One of the seven Ice Miles must be a documented Zero Ice Mile (defined as a solo mile swim performed at below 1ºC)