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.