The International Ice Swimming Association (IISA) is the recipient of the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year for its work in governing and supporting the emerging sport of ice swimming on a global scale.
Founder Ram Barkai provided the following statistics regarding the official ice swims accomplished to date, including the number of IISA-ratified ice swims and ice swimmers per country:
South Africa: 39 ice swims by 20 ice swimmers
England: 16 ice swims by 15 ice swimmers
Ireland: 15 ice swims by 15 ice swimmers
U.S.A.: 13 ice swims by 13 ice swimmers
Estonia: 3 ice swims by 1 ice swimmers
Russia: 2 ice swims by 1 ice swimmers
Canada: 2 ice swims by 1 ice swimmers
Sweden: 1 ice swim by 1 ice swimmers
Czech Republic: 1 ice swim by 1 ice swimmers
Scotland: 1 ice swim by 1 ice swimmers
There have been 93 ice swims by 70 swimmers (53 male + 17 female).
The minimum water temperature has been 0ºC (32ºF) with a minim air temperate of -30ºC (-22ºF).
The maximum distance has been 1.49 miles (2.4 km) in 45 minutes by Henri Kaarma in 0ºC.
The maximum duration in the water has been 1:06:15 covering 2200m by Andrei Sychvov in 0.3ºC water. The minimum duration in the water for an ice mile has been 22:30 by Philip Emslie in 5.0ºC water (shown above).
Ram Barkai has done 7 total ice miles with the average ice swimmer covering 1.05 miles in an average time of 34:18 in an average water temperature of 3.67ºC and an average air temperature of 1.23ºC.
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