IISA Member Bio

Ram Barkai
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Ram Barkai
IISA Board Chairman, Founder
Country Ambassador
10+
South Africa
Cape Town
South Africa
South Africa
Country Association
South Africa
IISA ID: 1
Gender: Male
Age: 61
Ice Miles: 11
ICE 7s: 4
About Ram Barkai
Ice Swimmer, open water swimmer, cold water swimmer – basically loves to swim anywhere, anytime any place as long as it is clean, in the open and hopefully cold. Lives in South Africa, Camps Bay, father to 4 beautiful, bright and adorable (and expensive) kids.
I have lived in many places and swam in many places, I simply believe that life has to be lived to the utmost full with a strong focus on health of body and mind and healthy respect to mad adventures.
I believe that every single person out there has a superhuman or hero hiding inside him or her and it is entirely up to that person to unlock that superhuman, ignore what everyone and society told us about what we can’t do and shouldn’t do and let it thrive with humility and respect to others.

The Ice is calling….Never be scared to dare!

Ice Miles

  Swim
Date
Swim
Location
Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
Swim
Dist.
Swim
Time
Water
Conditions
Air
Temp
Wind
Speed
Support  
1 31 Jan 2009 Lake Zurich, Switzerland 4.00°C 0.00°C 1.43mi 0:43:00 Open Water (lake) - - Boat view
2 17 Jul 2010 Fraserburg, RSA 4.50°C 5.00°C 1.00mi 0:33:00 Open Water (Lake) - - Boat view
3 23 Jul 2011 Fraserburg, RSA 5.00°C 10.00°C 1.00mi 0:28:59 Open Water (Lake) - - Boat view
4 4 Jan 2012 Loch Fiskaley, Scotland 2.00°C 0.00°C 1.00mi 0:28:03 Open Water (Lake) - - Boat view
5 15 Jul 2012 Fraserburg, RSA 1.70°C -5.00°C 1.00mi 0:31:33 Open Water (Lake) - - Boat view
6 31 Jan 2013 Lake Holborough, Kent, UK 3.50°C 0.00°C 1.00mi 0:31:14 Open Water (Lake) - - Boat view
7 23 Mar 2013 Murmansk, Russia 0.00°C 0.00°C 1.00mi 0:32:43 Open Water (Lake) - - Boat view
8 31 Dec 2014 Vltava River, Branik, Pragu... 4.60°C -2.00°C 1.03mi 0:30:00 Open Water (River) -2.00°C - Boat view
9 31 Dec 2015 Aukreyri, Iceland 4.63°C -15.00°C 1.00mi 0:32:18 Sea (Fjord ) - 37 km/h - view
10 12 Jun 2017 Lake Baikal, Russia 4.70°C 17.00°C 1.00mi 0:31:45 Lake (Lake Baikal) 17.00°C 4 km/h - view
11 22 Jun 2017 Svalbard, Arctic Sea 4.61°C 0.30°C 1.03mi 0:28:16 Sea (Glacial fjord in the Arctic) 3.80°C 15 km/h - view

IISA 1km Swims

  Swim
Date
Event Name Country
Association
Event Venue Swim
Time
Stroke Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
AR ER WR WC  
1 11 Jan 2015 1st Aqua Sphere Ice Sw... Germany Lake Woehrsee, Burghausen 17:20:00 Crawl 4.80°C 0.00°C AR       view
2 20 Mar 2015 IISA 1st World Champio... Russian Federation Lake Semenovskoye, Mur... 16:39:00 Crawl 0.08°C -5.00°C         view
3 19 Dec 2015 River Labe CZ Ice Swim... Czech Republic Hradec Kralove 17:59:00 Crawl 4.70°C 7.00°C         view
4 10 Jan 2016 2. Aqua Sphere Ice Swi... Germany Burghausen 17:28:00 Crawl 3.90°C 0.00°C         view
5 23 Jan 2016 Polish Championships -... Poland Katowice 16:55:00 Crawl 2.00°C 0.00°C         view
6 30 Jan 2016 International Ice Swim... Ireland Wild Water, Armagh 16:53:00 Crawl 4.50°C -8.00°C         view
7 7 Aug 2016 IISA SA 2016 Champ South Africa Afriski resort, Lesoth... 25:48:00 Crawl 4.00°C 5.00°C Open Water view
8 6 Jan 2017 2nd Ice Swimming Aqua ... Germany Burghausen, Bavaria 16:58:85 Crawl 3.40°C -11.10°C AR       view
9 11 Feb 2017 Ice Cup & GB Ice Swimm... Great Britain The Cruin, Loch Lomond... 22:08:00 Crawl 4.20°C 0.90°C Open Water view
10 8 Jun 2017 Russia 2017 Baikal Mile Russian Federation lake Baikal. 18:58:43 Crawl 4.60°C 22.00°C Open Water view
11 7 Jan 2018 Ice Swimming German Open Germany Veitsbronn 17:36:30 Crawl 3.80°C 6.00°C         view
12 25 Feb 2018 IISA GB Championships Great Britain Hatfield Outdoor Activ... 16:13:44 Crawl 3.60°C 1.10°C         view
13 23 Nov 2018 Antarctica Ice Swimmin... Antarctica Port Lockroy, Antarctica 18:47:22 Crawl -1.20°C -7.60°C Open Water view
AR = Age-Group Record
ER = Swim Event Record
WR = World Record
WC = World Championship Record

IISA Short Swims

  Swim Date Event Name Event Venue Country
Association
Event Distance Swim Time
(mm:ss:cc)
Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
 
1 7 Jan 2018 Ice Swimming German Open Veitsbronn Germany 200m Freestyle 02:56:20 3.80°C 6.0°C view
2 25 Feb 2018 IISA GB Championships Hatfield Outdoor Activ... Great Britain 500m Freestyle 07:48:65 3.60°C 1.1°C view
3 25 Feb 2018 IISA GB Championships Hatfield Outdoor Activ... Great Britain 100m Freestyle 01:20:69 3.60°C 1.1°C view

Qualifying Swims

  Swim
Date
Swim
Location
Swimmer
Condition
Status Swim
Dist.
Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
Swim
Time
Stroke Observer  
1 14 Feb 2016 Lough Dan, County Wicklow Good Accepted 1610m 5.60°C 0.00°C 32:00:00 Crawl Fergal Somerville view

Other Swims

Solo
  Swim
Date
Location
(Description)
Time
Taken
Swim
Distance
Avg Dist.
Per Day
Water
Temp
Wind
Chill
Observer /
Witness
Awards  
1 6 Feb 2008 Antarctica 70 South - GWR
(GWR - most southerly Swim )
22h 05:00 1,000 m - 0°C 0°C Patrick Woodhead   view

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