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Sunday, April 22, 2012

International Ice Swimming Association Rules & Members

This is open water swimming at its most raw and extreme; with the highest level of risk and exposure to danger.

There is no hiding, no exaggeration, no bluffing and no skirting the rules when swimming under the auspices of the International Ice Swimming Association.

If one is going to be a member, the criteria is well-established:

* the swim distance must be at least 1 mile or 1609.3 meters;
* the swim must be in water temperature of 5°C or below (41°F) measured as follows:
* water temperature must be measured for at least 10 minutes, between 5-20 inches (127-508 mm) below the water surface);
* the water temperature must be established by using the average of 3 separate approved thermometers;
* thermometers have to be water submerged thermometers;
* swimmer must be unassisted from start to end. Disabled swimmers may be allowed assistance in entry to, and exit from the water only;
* the swim may have a wet or dry start and finish for as long as the distance covered is uninterrupted;
* the swimmer must be uninterrupted and no resting is allowed on boats, logs, ice, rocks and so on;
* standing on the ground is allowed in shallow water, but no walking or diving is allowed through the course of the swim;
* the swimmer is allowed to push floating objects out of his/her way such as ice;
* the swimmer is allowed to wear one pair of standard brief swimming costume, one pair of goggles and one standard silicon cap; * greasing is only allowed for chafing purposes;
* ear plugs and mouth guards are allowed;
* feeding is allowed during the swim;
* no other swimming aids are allowed, however, the board of managers reserves its right to allow for special exceptions if it sees fit and it doesn’t reduce the extreme nature and credibility of the swim ; and
* swimmers must have a recent complete medical examination including ECG (1 months max)
Even with the extreme physicality that exists among a large pack of competitive athletes around turn buoys, we are sure that only ice swimming suggests that mouth guards can be used, presumably to protect teeth from extreme chattering.

The current members of the International Ice Swimming Association include:

1. Ram Barkai in Lake Zurich, Switzerland
2. Andrew Chin in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
3. Kieron Palframan in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
4. Ryan Stramrood in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
5. Toks Viviers in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
6. Theodore Yach in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
7. Craig Lenning in Brainard Lake, Colorado, USA
8. Tim Stiff in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
9. Toni Enderli in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
10. Philip Emslie in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
11. Mark van Schaik in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
12. Ray Butcher in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
13. Mark de Klerk in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
14. Henko Roukema in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
15. Jakob van Rouendal Smit in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
16. Brad Gale in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
17. Cecilia Schutte in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
18. Heinrich Langer in Fraserburg Nuwedam, South Africa
19. Cathy Delneo in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA
20. Jason Malick in Princeton Harbor, New Jersey, USA
21. Karen Rogers in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, USA
22. Lelané Rossouw-Bancroft in Princeton Harbor, New Jersey, USA

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