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  
11 Jun 18 IISA RUSSIA. Baikal Mi.. Russian Federation Lake Baikal Other     - -
14 Jun 18 Lesotho Ice Swimming 2.. South Africa afriski, Lesotho, Africa IISA Event   ENTER view
14 Jun 18 Winter Swimming Austra.. Australia Sydney Other   - -

May 2018

IISA Goes Multilingual !!!

Dear all Frozen ones,

We have been quiet for awhile, allowing you all to defrost and enjoy the sun and the warmer water. DONT GET TOO USE IT. It will put you to sleep.

There is a lot happening quietly, behind the ice screen.

Here are few snowflakes to cool you down:

  1. Today...
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Feb 2018

Ice in Morocco

Welcome to the ICE -Morocoo

IISA is delighted to welcome Morocco to the ICE.

Aside from great food and beautiful country side, Morocco also has big mountains, yes! covered with snow. Here in North Africa. 

We welcome Hassan Baraka a renowned swimmer and OTHMANE IBNGHAZALA who organises the ICE in Morocco to our frozen team. Both...

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Alistair Bell
Alistair Bell
Gender: Male
Age: 32
Ice Miles: 1

Carole Laporte
Carole Laporte
Isle Of Man
Gender: Female
Age: 41
Ice Miles: 1

Annette Daly
Annette Daly
Gender: Female
Age: 44
Ice Miles: 2

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Antarctica Ice Swimming 2019 - open now.
Due to huge demand to the Antarctica Ice Swimming, we have opened the 2019, Nov expedition.
We are fully booked fro 2018 and we still see requests.
The expedition will take us to Antarctica and we will swim an acclimatisation short swim followed by a 1km swim in heats of four.
Each swimmer has an accompanied Zodiac with second.
We will have at least two Doctors looking after the swimmers.
Certainly a Bucket List adventure for Ice Swimmers.

Details on the brochure - places are limited!
Please share with Ice Swimmers... Federations...

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