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Friday, June 14, 2013

Ice Swim Africa 2013

Because the Fraserburg Dam is dry this year, the Ice swim Africa is moving to the Aquila Game Reserve, an outdoor pool by the game water hole.

The swim will take place in the 35m outdoor pool where the water to expected to be sub-5CºC (41ºF). "The International Ice Swimming Association allows for an ice mile in a pool as long as it is at least 25m long, naturally cooled to sub-5ºC, and swimmers perform no tumble turns. Pushing off the wall is allowed, but no standing or assistance is allowed," explains Ram Barkai.

"Swimming in a pool can have its benefit from safety point of view, but is mentally very difficult for open water swimmers. A mile 1.609km is equal to 46 lengths. We will swim 50 lengths to make it easy to count (1750m)."

Under these conditions, the endurance/qualifying swim will be increased to 700m or 20 lengths. The pool is 1.3m deep and can take 4 swimmers at one time.

"Aquila is a beautiful big 5 game reserve less than a 2-hour drive from Cape Town. It offers luxury accommodation at a specially reduced price to all ice swimmers, their family and friends."

The Game reserve can accommodate a maximum of 100 people, but the organizers have reserved 10 beds. The rates vary by room, but there are reserved special rates of R2000.00 per person (standard room) for a 2-night stay including 3 meals a day and 2 game drives. Children under 12 year pay 50% only and kids under 4 years are free. The rates are 20% discount to the 50% discount winter special. "Swimmers will receive priority when booking accommodations. We have 90 beds left and we will deal with booking on first-come-first-serve basis. There are also family room that sleeps 4 and the rate is at R2320.00 pp for the two nights, which for a family with 2 kids is a bargain.

We also managed to secure some accommodation in La Ganda hotel 5 km away from Aquila. Rates are significantly cheaper with options for meals at good rate. Game drives are not included. For accommodations and reservation, contact juliette@freedomswimseries.co.za.

The Ice Africa Event Schedule is as follows:

Friday 12-Jul-2013
· 10 am Arrival and check in
· 11 am registration for Endurance 700m swim
· 12 noon Endurance Swim / Ice Mile Qualifying swim
· 1 pm Mile swimmers and families – arrival, check in
· Late afternoon - Mile swimmers + families game drive
· Friday Evening - announcement of qualifiers, Mile swim briefing, dinner and bed

Saturday 13-Jul-2013

· Mile swims starts at 8 am or earlier if we think water temp will rise above 5ºC
· If water temp is borderline – swimming will commence at 2 am - 4 am
· Non mile swimmers - morning game drive
· 2 pm - Finish all mile swims
· 3 pm - Fun swim (all proceeds to the Rhino funds)
· Children one width – 6m
· Other – one length 35m
· 6 pm award ceremony
· 7:30 pm Dinner, Braai, drinks, singing by the fire place, dancing with wolves

Sunday – 14 Jul-2013
· 8 am breakfast, game drive
· Home at your leisure

There are 20 places for ice mile swimmers, with priority to new swimmers. There are 20 places for endurance swimmers. Swimmers who wish to swim the endurance on Friday and the mile on Saturday will be at the discretion of the organizers. All Mile swimmers, old and new must go a medical check by Doctor Basil Bonner.

All proceeds of the fun swim and any cash surplus after the event costs will be donated to Project Rhino – for protecting the Rhino in the Game Reserve and Rhino poaching in South Africa.

From the February 1st, 2013, the International Ice Swimming Association has introduced a EUR50.00 application fee for every Ice Swim around the world. This to cover running costs of website, admin, certificates, badges and other expenses. The application fees for Mile swimmers at the Ice Swim Africa 2013 (R650.00) are included in the entry fees.

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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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