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  
30 Dec 18 Amstel Ice Swim Netherlands Amsterdam, the Amstel IISA Event ENTER view
4 Jan 19 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphe.. Germany Veitsbronn IISA Event ENTER view
5 Jan 19 IISA GB Championships .. England Hatfield Outdoor Activ.. IISA Event   ENTER view

Nov 2018

Welcome Argentina and Chile to the ICE

The South Americans are here!

Maria Cristina Ganem the first Argentinian Woman ICE Miler and the second Argentinian Ice Miler.


Juan cuyul from Punta Arenas, Chile - You are an Ice Miler and the first one in Chile!. 

Well done Juan and Maria. Bring it on South America. 

Welcome and be safe.

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Nov 2018

New Ice Mile costs

Dear all you frozen ones

We have decided to increase Ice Mile costs slightly to be able to afford website and brand developments.

The price increase will take effect from 7-Nov-2018

The price increase will effect first time ICE Miler mostly.

New fees:

  • First Ice Mile $125
  • Repeat Ice Mile $75
  • Ice Mile 5+ $50

The more...

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Kimberly Ruthrford
Kimberly Ruthrford
United States
United States
Gender: Female
Ice Miles: 1

Eliska Podmelova
Eliska Podmelova
Czech Republic
Czech Republic
Gender: Female
Age: 35
Ice Miles: 1

Gavin Pitt
Gavin Pitt
Gender: Male
Ice Miles: 1

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International Ice Swimming Association
International Ice Swimming Association4 days ago
Dear frozen ones
On Saturday 8th December 2018, the third day of the VII Tyumen Open tournament of cities in the Russian Winter Swimming cup, a 55 year old Russian swimmer Mikhail Karmanovu of Zavodoukovsk tragically died following his swim.
Mikhail was a local winter swimmer and had just completed the 50m butterfly when he collapsed on the way to the recovery rooms. Despite efforts to resuscitate him he was pronounced dead on the scene by the local Doctors. Our deepest condolences are sent to his family, friends and loved ones.
As a result of this tragic incident all remaining events at the competition has been cancelled. IISA has also decided to cancel the World Cup Series 1000m event scheduled for Sunday 9th December.
Although this was not an IISA event, IISA would like to reiterate to all cold-water swimmers that swimming in such conditions is an extreme sport. The short distances may attract swimmers who are not in top shape of fitness or health. 50m is a very short time in the water, yet the icy water temperature can place a significant demand on one’s body.
IISA urges event organizers to make sure full adherence to safety rules and medical supervision, before and after a swim. We urge swimmers to make sure they are fit and in very good health before plunging into icy waters.

IISA offers support and our thoughts to Tyumen, Russian swimmers and Mikhail’s family. Our deepest condolences, be safe and keep healthy.

Ram Barkai
IISA Chair
International Ice Swimming Association
International Ice Swimming Association1 week ago
Important Notice to all swimmers participating in Murmansk World Champ:

International Ice Swimming Association
International Ice Swimming Association2 weeks ago
Well done all Antarctica Ice Swimmers.

The Ice Mile Group


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