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  
1 Aug 21 SA national ICE Champ .. Lesotho Afriski,lesotho IISA Event   ENTER view
12 Feb 22 Limerick Narwhals Invi.. Ireland Castleconnell Limerick 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.

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Dec 2020

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

IISA Polar Ice Swims


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Zdenek Martinec
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
Gender: Male
Age: 42
Ice Miles: 1

Hamza Bakircioglu
Gender: Male
Age: 49
Ice Miles: 3

Andrew Ainge
Gender: Male
Age: 50
Ice Miles: 1

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Premier of the 2nd episode with prof Tipton.

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Episode 2: The Unspoken Topic of Recovery with Professor Mike Tipton and Heather MasseyThe ICE Series - How Ice Swimmers Achieve the Impressive, Improbable, ...
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International Ice Swimming Association2 months ago
And another one breaks the ICE SWIMMING WORLD RECORD

A humble 31y old polar bear, Krzysztof Kubiak from Poland has completed a shattering distance of 3750m in water temperature of 4.8C in Bystrzyckie lake in Poland. Air temperature was a boiling 8.5C and water conditions were clam and flat. The swim and the route were measured by our man in Poland Leszek Naziemiec. Time keeping and organising was managed by Łukasz Tkacz.

The route was constructed as a 250m loop between two buoys along the lake shore. Krzysztof Kubiak swam 15 loops; each loop required a short swim around the turn buoy. Krzysztof looked well during the entire swim which took him 1:04:30 hour. At the end he swam to the shore, stood up and walked to put on his flip flops. His recovery was fairly quick and he was aware and there the entire recovery. At no time did it look as if he is struggling or may require assistance. His pace was steady and reasonably fast averaging just over 17min a km.

He swam the 1st km at 16:13min, 2nd at 16:56min 3rd at 17:30min and the last 750m at 18:28min/km. He certainly started to slow down at the end, but it looked like he could have continued to swim if he wanted to.
Safety is such swims is paramount. Your mind takes over at some stage and carries you along. It is crucial to set all safety triggers and scenarios in place to step in when required and avoid any unnecessary crisis.

The 3750m is the new Ice Swim World record according to IISA rules.

Please remember to notify IISA on any record swim attempt so we can go with you through the required safety and understand your attempt and background.

Well done Krzysztof Kubiak and well-done Poland. Poland has very strong swimmers in the distance and the ICE.

We can’t wait to see you all at the IISA 4th World Championship in Katowice, 4,5,6 Feb 2022.

Stay Safe and see you in the ICE

Ram Barkai
International Ice Swimming Association

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