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Ram Barkai
IISA Board Chairman, Founder
Country Ambassador

South Africa
Cape Town
South Africa
South Africa
Country Association
South Africa
IISA ID: 1
Gender: Male
Age: 64
Ice Miles: 11
ICE 7s: 4
Extreme:: 5
About Ram Barkai
Ice Swimmer, open water swimmer, cold water swimmer – basically loves to swim anywhere, anytime any place as long as it is clean, in the open and hopefully cold. Lives in South Africa, Camps Bay, father to 4 beautiful, bright and adorable (and expensive) kids.
I have lived in many places and swam in many places, I simply believe that life has to be lived to the utmost full with a strong focus on health of body and mind and healthy respect to mad adventures.
I believe that every single person out there has a superhuman or hero hiding inside him or her and it is entirely up to that person to unlock that superhuman, ignore what everyone and society told us about what we can’t do and shouldn’t do and let it thrive with humility and respect to others.

The Ice is calling….Never be scared to dare!

Ice Miles

  Swim Date Swim
Location
Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
Swim
Dist.
Swim
Time
Body of
Water
Altitude (m)
GPS Latitude
   
1 31 Jan 2009 Lake Zurich, Switzerland 4.00°C 0.00°C 1.43mi 0:43:00 Open Water   view
2 17 Jul 2010 Fraserburg, RSA 4.50°C 5.00°C 1.00mi 0:33:00 Open Water   view
3 23 Jul 2011 Fraserburg, RSA 5.00°C 10.00°C 1.00mi 0:28:59 Open Water   view
4 4 Jan 2012 Loch Fiskaley, Scotland 2.00°C 0.00°C 1.00mi 0:28:03 Open Water   view
5 15 Jul 2012 Fraserburg, RSA 1.70°C -5.00°C 1.00mi 0:31:33 Open Water   view
6 31 Jan 2013 Lake Holborough, Kent, UK 3.50°C 0.00°C 1.00mi 0:31:14 Open Water   view
7 23 Mar 2013 Murmansk, Russia 0.00°C 0.00°C 1.00mi 0:32:43 Open Water   view
8 31 Dec 2014 Vltava River, Branik, Pragu... 4.60°C -2.00°C 1.03mi 0:30:00 Open Water   view
9 31 Dec 2015 Aukreyri, Iceland 4.63°C -15.10°C 1.00mi 0:32:18 Sea 0m  65.41°N view
10 12 Jun 2017 Lake Baikal, Russia 4.70°C 17.00°C 1.00mi 0:31:45 Lake   view
11 22 Jun 2017 Svalbard, Arctic Sea 4.61°C 0.30°C 1.03mi 0:28:16 Sea 0m  78.50°N view

IISA 1km Swims

Only IISA Swims <= 5.0°C
  Swim
Date
Event Name Country
Association
Event Venue Swim
Time
Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
Altitude (m)
GPS Latitude
AR ER WR WC    
1 16 Dec 2012 Tyumen ice swimming Russian Federation Tyumen russia 16:59.00 0.00°C -33.00°C   AR       PDF Icon view
2 11 Jan 2015 1st Aqua Sphere Ice Sw... Germany Lake Woehrsee, Burghausen 17:20.00 4.80°C 0.00°C           PDF Icon view
3 20 Mar 2015 IISA 1st World Champio... Russian Federation Lake Semenovskoye, Mur... 16:39.00 0.08°C -5.00°C           PDF Icon view
4 19 Dec 2015 River Labe CZ Ice Swim... Czech Republic Hradec Kralove 17:59.00 4.70°C 7.00°C           PDF Icon view
5 10 Jan 2016 2. Aqua Sphere Ice Swi... Germany Burghausen 17:28.00 3.90°C 0.00°C           PDF Icon view
6 23 Jan 2016 Polish Championships -... Poland Katowice 16:55.00 2.00°C 0.00°C           PDF Icon view
7 30 Jan 2016 International Ice Swim... Ireland Wild Water, Armagh 16:53.00 4.50°C -8.00°C           PDF Icon view
8 7 Aug 2016 IISA SA 2016 Champ South Africa Afriski resort, Lesoth... 25:48.00 4.00°C 5.00°C   Open Water PDF Icon view
9 6 Jan 2017 2nd Ice Swimming Aqua ... Germany Burghausen, Bavaria 16:58.85 3.40°C -11.10°C   AR       PDF Icon view
10 11 Feb 2017 Ice Cup & GB Ice Swimm... Great Britain The Cruin, Loch Lomond... 22:08.00 4.20°C 0.90°C   Open Water PDF Icon view
11 8 Jun 2017 Russia 2017 Baikal Mile Russian Federation lake Baikal. 18:58.43 4.60°C 22.00°C   Open Water PDF Icon view
12 7 Jan 2018 Ice Swimming German Open Germany Veitsbronn 17:36.30 3.80°C 6.00°C           PDF Icon view
13 25 Feb 2018 IISA GB Championships Great Britain Hatfield Outdoor Activ... 16:13.44 3.60°C 1.10°C           PDF Icon view
14 24 Nov 2018 Antarctica Ice Swimmin... Antarctica Mikkelsen Harbour, ant... 18:47.00 0.00°C 0.00°C 0m  63.50°S Open Water PDF Icon view
15 18 Mar 2019 IISA III World Champ M... Russian Federation murmansk, semyonovskoe... 17:32.61 0.00°C -6.30°C           PDF Icon view
16 28 Jul 2019 Africa Lesotho Ice Swi... South Africa Afriski, Lesotho, africa 22:38.61 2.00°C 1.80°C   Open Water PDF Icon view
17 6 Jan 2020 6th Ice Swimming Aqua ... Germany Veitsbronn Germany 18:03.00 2.80°C 4.00°C           PDF Icon view
AR = Age-Group Record
ER = Swim Event Record
WR = World Record
WC = World Championship Record

IISA Short Swims

Only IISA Swims <= 5.0°C
Event Distance Swim Date Event Name Event Venue Country
Association
Swim Time
(mm:ss:cc)
Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
Altitude (m)
GPS Latitude
   
500m Freestyle 25 Feb 2018 IISA GB Championships Hatfield Outdoor Activ... Great Britain 07:48.65 3.60°C 1.1°C   PDF Icon view
500m Freestyle 1 Aug 2019 Africa Lesotho Ice Swi... Afriski, Lesotho, africa South Africa 10:24.33 2.00°C 1.8°C   PDF Icon view
250m Freestyle 7 Feb 2022 IISA 4th World Champio... Glogow, Poland Poland 03:58.57 3.00°C 1.5°C 0m  51.39°N PDF Icon view
250m Freestyle 4 May 2022 Svalbard Arctic Ice Sw... Longyearbyen, Svalbard The Arctic 04:08.49 -1.00°C -15.9°C 0m  78.22°N PDF Icon view
200m Freestyle 7 Jan 2018 Ice Swimming German Open Veitsbronn Germany 02:56.20 3.80°C 6.0°C   PDF Icon view
200m Freestyle 18 Mar 2019 IISA III World Champ M... murmansk, semyonovskoe... Russian Federation 03:05.96 0.00°C -6.3°C   PDF Icon view
100m Freestyle 25 Feb 2018 IISA GB Championships Hatfield Outdoor Activ... Great Britain 01:20.69 3.60°C 1.1°C   PDF Icon view
100m Freestyle 7 Feb 2022 IISA 4th World Champio... Glogow, Poland Poland 01:23.11 3.00°C 1.5°C 0m  51.39°N PDF Icon view
50m Breaststroke 7 Feb 2022 IISA 4th World Champio... Glogow, Poland Poland 00:49.58 3.00°C 1.5°C 0m  51.39°N PDF Icon view

Qualifying Swims

IISA Qualifying Swims & IISA Event Swims > 5.0°C
  Swim
Date
Swim
Location
Event Name Swim
Distance
Stroke Status Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
Swim
Time
Observer  
1 14 Feb 2016 Lough Dan, County Wicklow 1610m Crawl Accepted 5.60°C 0.00°C 32:00.00 Fergal Somerville view
2 23 Feb 2020 SANDFORD LIDO IISA GB CHAMPIONSHIPS 1000m Crawl Accepted 6.50°C 0.00°C 17:04.47 Kate Steels view     
3 20 Aug 2021 Matroosberg Nature... Matroosberg 2021 ICE swim 1000m Crawl Accepted 8.00°C 4.10°C 17:51.00 Neil Hopkins view     
4 23 Feb 2020 SANDFORD LIDO IISA GB CHAMPIONSHIPS 100m Crawl Accepted 6.50°C 0.00°C 01:21.16 Kate Steels view     

Other Swims

Solo
  Swim
Date
Location
(Description)
Time
Taken
Swim
Distance
Avg Dist.
Per Day
Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
Observer /
Witness
Awards  
1 6 Feb 2008 Antarctica 70 South - GWR
(GWR - most southerly Swim )
22:05 1,000 m - 0°C 0°C Patrick Woodhead   view
2 2 Mar 2014 Neko Harbour Antarctica
(Antarctic Circle Challenge...)
31:00 1,200 m - -1°C -5°C Gavin Pike   view

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