Welcome to the International Ice Swimming Association (IISA)

The International Ice Swimming Association (IISA) was formed in 2009 with a vision to formalise swimming in icy water. IISA passion is swimming in icy waters in every location possible around our globe. In order to allow for that IISA has put in place a well considered set of rules to allow for maximum safety measures in this extreme sport and to regulate swim integrity in terms of distance, time, conditions and safety.

IISA introduced the Ice Mile as its ultimate achievement of swimming in ice waters. An Ice Mile is One Mile in water of 5C or less. The swim must be unassisted and with one pair of goggles, cap and standard swimming costume. The Ice Mile is the ultimate personal challenge that should be followed with all the safety and controls in place.

In 2014 IISA introduced the 1km Ice event. The event allows swimmers to compete in icy waters of 5C or less under IISA rules for 1000m. IISA is set out to keep world records with its vision to include Swimming as a category in the Winter Olympic Games and make it globally recognised sport.

Founder: Ram Barkai


Date Event Name   Event Venue Type Entries  
20 Aug 21 Matroosberg 2021 ICE s.. South Africa Matroosberg Nature Res.. IISA Event   ENTER view
15 Jan 22 Ice Swimming Champions.. Austria Altenwörth IISA Event     SOON view
12 Feb 22 Limerick Narwhals Invi.. Ireland Castleconnell Limerick IISA Event SOON view

Feb 2021

Ice Swimmers coming

Ice Swimming 2021

The current prolonged pandemic has been rather unpleasant. It continues to cage us and test our mettle.

Many have lost family and friends and for those we take a quiet moment of silence remembering how lucky we are to be...

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Dec 2020

IISA Polars are defined as below 60S or above 70N

IISA Polar Ice Swims


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Julie-Ann Somers
Gender: Female
Age: 43
Ice Miles: 1

Helen Lin
United States
United States
Gender: Female
Age: 37
Ice Miles: 1

Leszek Naziemiec
Siemianowice Sl
Gender: Male
Age: 46
Ice Miles: 2

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International Ice Swimming Association3 weeks ago
Please check out our new page- Ice Swimming this is a page to inform people who are looking to get into ice swimming!

Why do people swim in the ice? 🏊‍♀️

Now, the hobby is nothing new. It’s been around for centuries in the cold climates of Russia and Finland. People have been crossing the notoriously frosty, 21-mile-long English Channel without wet suits since at least the 1800’s.

So why do people do it?

👉 It can give you a natural high…
Cold water swimming is known to activate endorphins. Cold water swimming brings us close to the pain barrier. Endorphins are released when we’re in pain, to help us cope with it.

👉 It can reduce stress…
Cold water swimming places stress on the body physically and mentally. Some studies have identified the link between cold water and stress reduction.

👉 You can meet some incredible people…
There is a great sense of community amongst cold water swimmers. There’s nothing that brings people together like facing a challenge and sharing the experience as a group.

👉 It burns calories…
The heart has to pump faster in cold water and the body must work harder to keep everything warm whilst swimming.

If you are interested in getting into cold water swimming please do drop us a message because, as much fun as it is, it’s also dangerous. We do not condone doing this without understanding the safety risks! If you do have any questions please do message! 💬

Tag your friends in the comments to see if they’d be up for joining you! 🥶

#iceswimming #swimminginice #coldwaterswimming #gettingintotheice #swimmingincold #coldwaterswimmers
International Ice Swimming Association
International Ice Swimming Association4 weeks ago
Dear all,
a short update regarding Ice Swimming and developments.

Country Chairs - please share.

IISA 4th World Champ 2021 - Katowice
We are waiting for a final confirmation from Poland regarding safety and permits, due to COVID. We hope to receive positive feedback in a couple of weeks' time. Once we are 95% certain (no more 100% in current reality) - we will open entries.

Ice Series
We broadcasted 4 episodes so far. they are fascinating and educating to anyone doing extreme sports, cold water, long-distance, and ICE! - you can find them on youtube under WOWSA.

Our website is being rejuvenated. We decided to revamp the current website and deal with a new one once life gets back to "normal".
In the meantime, all distances are now attracting world records and World Champ titles.
Including Age Groups and Disability/Para categories.

We added GPPS and Alltitiude to better observe locations and extreme ice miles.
We added the extreme ice mile table - it takes all past [and future] extreme ice miles.

Ice Mile application - will allow you to edit your application if you needed to change info or add one until it is verified or rejected.

Ice Mile now records "speed" which is the time it took you to complete 1 mile. Regardless of how far you swam.

And more.....

Last but not the least, we managed to get some help from a wonderful PR social media company in London.

We are looking for nice images or short videos with a story to tell.
Please send us content, we want to see YOU in the ICE!


Be safe and see you in the ICE SOON!
International Ice Swimming Association
International Ice Swimming Association1 month ago
The Ice Series Episode 3 - with Prof Greg Whyte and Prof Heather Berlin hosted by Steven Munatones and Ram Barkai - Ice Swimmer

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Mind over Matter in the ICE with Ram Barkai, Professor Heather Berlin, and exercise physiologist Professor Greg Whyte OBE, PhD, DSc, FBASES, FACSMThe ICE Ser...

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