Welcome to the International Ice Swimming Association (IISA)

The International Ice Swimming Association (IISA) was formed in 2009 by Ram Barkai together with his swimming mates (Andrew Chin, Toks Viviers, Ryan Stramrood and Kieron Palframan) 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.


Date Event Name   Event Venue Type Entries  
7 Nov 18 Antarctica Ice Swimmin.. Antarctica Antarctica Paradise bay IISA Event   ENTER view
7 Dec 18 internationale Norddeu.. Germany Silbersee Langenhagen IISA Event   SOON view
30 Dec 18 Amstel Ice Swim Netherlands Amsterdam, the Amstel IISA Event SOON view

Jul 2018

Greenland and Lesotho in Africa

Summer or Winter, North or South - there will be ICE!

Well done to two of our renowned ice breakers:

Jaimie Monahon from USA on her 9th Ice Mile in Ilulisaat in Greenland and

Fergil Hesterman from the Netherland on his 5th Ice Mile in the high altitude of over 3000m (10,000...

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Jun 2018

Happy Frozen Ninja Helen

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Elaine K Howley
Elaine K Howley
United States
United States
Gender: Female
Age: 40
Ice Miles: 1

Roger Taylor
Roger Taylor
Hunton Bridge
Gender: Male
Age: 53
Ice Miles: 1

Catherine Sunley
Catherine Sunley
Gender: Female
Age: 51
Ice Miles: 1

IISA on Facebook

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IISA will go live in 25min on this page
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We will go live today at :
15:00 London time (broadcast from Cape Town beach)
Please look at our FB account - wait till we go live.
There may be some delay in broadcast, the line might be frozen. Just keep going.

If you missed it - we will save the broadcast online.

London 15:00
South Africa 16:00
Moscow 17:00
Amsterdam 16:00
NY 10:00
LA 07:00
Frnakfurt 16:00
Cork 15:00
Perth ZZZZZZ am
Sydney ZZZZZZ am
Beijing ZZZZZZ am

See you there!

The Ice Mile Group


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