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  
28 Feb 20 French Championships France Lac des Bois aux Dames.. IISA Event   ENTER view
29 Feb 20 Zollhaus Open 2020 Germany Germany - Erzgebirge -.. IISA Event ENTER view
2 May 20 Arctic Polar Ice Swimm.. The Arctic Svalbard Norway IISA Event   ENTER view

Feb 2020

Ice Miler 2020

Well done to the 2020 IISA Ice Milers

Congratulations to the following swimmers: Hamza Bakircioglu, Ozlen Luznar, James Loreto, Nick Hungerford, Gerda Holla, Sarah Anne Richter, Claudia Müller, Peter Plavec, Lars Mack, Ulf Karnikowski, Mirka Novotná, Aldona Skowrońska, Ailén Lascano Micaz and Enzo Favoino - who have now become our latest International Ice Swimming 'Ice Milers'...

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Oct 2019

The first Chilean woman to complete an Ice Mile

Well done Bárbara Hernández from Chile on her first Ice Mile in the mountains of her home country Chile. 

Barbara swam in the scenic lake Inca lagoon, Portillo at an altitude of 2880m in water temperatures of 3.9c.

Her swim took her 26:11 minutes which is a fast swim for such...

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IISA Members

COOLCool Membership
Shall be acquired by any person that wishes to associate with IISA as a coach, referee, support/medical provider, or as a volunteer. Cool members will receive membership acknowledgment only. IISA membership provides each member with a unique login to the IISA website.
COLDCold Membership
Shall be acquired by anyone who successfully completes a 1km ice swim event and is endorsed by IISA and the particular Event Director. Cold members shall receive an IISA certificate only.
ICEIce Membership (Full Membership)
Shall be acquired by a successful and accredited IISA Ice Mile. Ice Members shall receive a certificate, badge and red jacket.



Jane Turner
Jane Turner
Gender: Female
Age: 44
Ice Miles: 1

Colm Breathnach
Colm Breathnach
Gender: Male
Ice Miles: 1

Sergio Salomone
Sergio Salomone
Ciudad De Buenos Aires
Gender: Male
Age: 52
Ice Miles: 1

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