Ice mile

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Kate Steels entering Laguna Esmeralda, Argentina where she achieved the Ice Sevens on 22 November 2021]] ice swimming in Russia inside the Arctic Circle]]Conroy Pond for her ice mile at the 2015 Ireland Ice Swimming Championships. Photo by Paul McCambridge / MAC Visual Media]] International Ice Swimming Association]]

noun - An Ice Mile is an open water swim of at least one mile completed with standard channel swimming gear (porous, non-neoprene swimsuit that does not cover the shoulders or go below the upper leg with one swim cap and ear plugs but no wetsuit or technical swimsuit) in water temperature of 5°C (41°F) or less, as defined by the International Ice Swimming Association.


Ice swim, extreme swim, Zero Ice Mile, Ice Zero

Ice Kilometers[edit]

The ice kilometer or ice kilometre is a 1 km ice swim conducted under the auspices of the International Ice Swimming Association.

Ice Mile/Ice Swim Categories[edit]

  • Open water swim: ice swims performed in open bodies of water from Antarctica to Iceland
  • confined water swim: ice swims completed in a confined circuit where the shore is touching distance and the water is sheltered with tranquil conditions
  • lido/ice pool swim: ice swims where the route is a lane in a swimming pool or lido where the anxiety levels of the swimmers are reduced enormously


WOWSA Voting[edit]

The International Ice Swimming Association was voted as the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year:

Ice Sevens is the ice swimming equivalent of the Oceans Seven that requires a swimmer must complete an ice mile under standard ice swimming rules (i.e., no wetsuit and no neoprene hat) in the following locations. The swims must be ratified or recognized by the International Ice Swimming Association.

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

With one important caveat, one of the seven Ice Miles must be a documented Zero Ice Mile (defined as a solo mile swim performed at below 1ºC).

Jaimie Monahan[edit]

American ice swimmer Jaimie Monahan of New York completed the first documented Ice Sevens in history with the following Ice Miles:

  1. 1 in Europe on 2 April 2016 in Reykjavík, Iceland in 3.70°C water (3°C wind chill + 5.6°C air) in 35 minutes 0 seconds in the sea with 12 km/hr wind speed
  2. 2 in Asia (Ice Zero Mile) on 18 December 2016 in Tyumen, Russia in -0.03°C water (-31°C wind chill + air) in 30:20 in an ice pool cut into a frozen lake
  3. 3 in Africa on 13 February 2017 in Aguelmame Sidi Ali Lake, Morocco in 4.9°C water (-0.5°C wind chill + 3°C air) in 32:18 in a mountain lake with 14 km/hr wind speed
  4. 4 within Arctic Circle on 4 March 2017 in Mikkelvik Brygge, Karlsøy, Norway in 2.37°C water (-3.5°C air) in 32:09 in the sea with 4 km/hr wind speed
  5. 5 in North America on 9 March 2017 at M Street Beach, Boston, USA in 4.63°C water (6.1°C wind chill + 9°C air) in 26:16 in the sea with 20 km/hr wind speed
  6. 6 in Oceania on 15 May 2017 in Tasman Lake, Aoraki Mt. Cook, New Zealand in 2.37°C water (14°C air) in 26:44 in a glacier lake
  7. 7 in South America on 2 July 2017 in Ushuaia, Argentina in 4.76°C water (5.9°C air) in 29:05 in the Beagle Channel

Ice Mile Achievements[edit]

As of April 2016, there have been 235 Ice Miles officially completed and ratified by the International Ice Swimming Association including 164 in Europe, 4 in Asia, 6 in the Polar regions, 32 in Africa, 27 in North America, 1 in South America, and 1 in Oceania.

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