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cold water & ice swimming (IISA)

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Veitsbronn ist das neue Eisschwimm-Mekka. Rund 200 Sportler aus vielen Ecken der Welt traten in dem fränkischen Ort bei den 4. Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open. Meister wurden entthront, Ersttäter gefeiert.

Wer sind hier eigentlich die Stars? Darüber kann man trefflich streiten. Sind es die Meisterschwimmer, die im knapp vier Grad kalten Wasser im Veitsbad im fränkischen Veitsbronn bei Nürnberg 1.000 Meter in 12:38 Minuten kraulen - wie Fergil Hesterman aus den Niederlanden und Hanna Bakuniak aus Polen, die 13:05 Minuten benötigt? Die beiden haben bei den 4. Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere German Open am ersten Januarwochenende die Langstrecke gewonnen.

Is a cold water swim good for you, or more likely to send you to the bottom?

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There are people who will tell you that a dip in cold water is not just exhilarating and enlivening, but good for you. They have not, they will tell you, had a cold for years. In many nations there is a cultural tradition of cold water dips – whether that’s a swim on special occasions such as Boxing Day or New Year’s Day as in the UK, or as part of a routine of alternating hot saunas and cold baths perceived to have health benefits, such as in Japan, Germany, Russia and Scandinavia.

Petar Stoychev, Like No Other In The Open Water

Petar Stoychev has checked off nearly all the possible boxes in the open water swimming world throughout his lengthy career:

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Remarkably, he has won international championships that have ranged from 2°C (35.6°F) to 32°C (89.6°F) including the uber-competitive 1 km race at the 2017 Ice Swimming Aqua Sphere World Championships in Burghausen, Germany.

Brave swimmers strip off to jump into freezing cold waters for Christmas Day dips in London, Dorset and Devon

As Brits their unwrapped presents in the comfort of their own home this morning these swimmers braved far cooler temperatures for a host of annual Christmas swims.

Dozens of hardy swimming enthusiasts, with some donning festive attire, took to the likes of London, Dorset and Devon for a traditional festive swim.

‘It's part of the fun to suffer’: the people hitting the great outdoors this Christmas

Meet the river swimmers, paddleboarding Santas and others who won’t be spending Christmas on the couch. By Daniel Masoliver

Normally, there’s only one way to get into 4C water: in a hurry. From Southampton to Sydney via St Petersburg, an in-and-out New Year’s Day dunk is a long-established custom; the image of hordes of swimmers charging en masse to meet the wintry waves a familiar one. But go down to the picturesque banks of the river Stour at Dedham in the early morning of 1 January 2018, and you will find an altogether more sedate, low-key gathering, as a small but committed group of swimmers pull on their wetsuits ahead of their annual New Year’s Day swim. “We get together our thickest wetties and hoods and gloves and boots,” says Stuart Hamilton, 53. “Every year when we first get in, everybody complains about the cold, but that’s part of the fun, to suffer a bit. And to overcome the suffering.”

Ice swimming reminds me I am well

ICE swimming is hard but depression is harder, and the power of contrast makes the challenge seem smaller. At least, that’s how it seems to me.

As if the physical pain of being submerged in very cold water overrides the emotional or mental pain felt.

When I signed up for a 2km swim in 2015, I started meeting swimmers at the sea. They talked about ice swimming and that intrigued me. It was a challenge that spoke to me.

Arctic swimmer Lewis Pugh: 'I've never come so close to the end'

Lewis Pugh undertook a perilous swim to raise awareness about the threat to the Arctic - he says it almost killed him.

By Lewis Pugh, Arctic Swimmer

Sky worked with Lewis Pugh during the filming of the Arctic Peril documentary. Mr Pugh swam one kilometre along the Arctic ice edge in water that was -0.7 degrees. Here, in his own words he explains how close he came to dying.

The joy of wild winter swimming

One brave swimmer is taking a dip a day throughout December in the rivers of Surrey and Berkshire, and finding ‘the nip of the water and the zing of a swim is quite addictive’

My toes sink into the mud at the edge of the river Mole at the bottom of Box Hill in Surrey. The water immediately cools my feet beyond feeling. I had hoped for a quirky swim here. Normally there are stepping stones that cross the river at this point, and I pictured myself skipping over them in my swimsuit. But the reality is quite different. After significant rain and snow melt, I should have known the river would be higher than usual. The spot – tranquil in all the photos I had looked at – was now a rushing, fast flowing river. And the colour of chocolate milkshake, rather than the clear water I’d pictured. Oh well, I have swum in worse.

Richard Broer turns a lifelong passion for swimming into support for Dutch Ice Swimmers

We'll be introducing you to leaders within the International Ice Swimming Association in the coming weeks. First up is IISA Netherlands Chair and IISA Board Member Richard Broer.

Richard Broer was born in The Hague but now lives in nearby Voorburg. Although Richard hasn’t yet completed an ice event himself, he’s well acquainted with the world of open water swimming. He began his open water swimming career in 1974, and by 1978, he’d ascended to the top of the heap. That year, he won the national open water swimming competition, and went on to represent Holland in swim meets across Europe. He was the second Dutchman to break 16 minutes in the 1500-meter freestyle, and he completed a solo crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar. He was also inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame’s 2017 Class of Honorees for his extensive efforts to promote marathon and open water swimming as an administrator, coach, and facilitator.

Persbericht: Eerste nachtvorst, Nederlandse ijszwemmers lopen warm voor wedstrijdseizoen

Excuses voor de late publicatie van dit bericht. Wel mooi op tijd vóór de Amstel Ice Swim.

Nederlandse IJszwembond (IISA Nederland) opgericht. 

Sinds 4 september 2017 heeft Nederland er een nieuwe sportbond bij. IISA-Nederland zal als Nederlandse tak van de International Ice Swimming Association (IISA) de sport ijszwemmen nationaal promoten. Bij het ijszwemmen wordt er gezwommen in watertemperaturen van 5 graden Celsius en kouder. IJszwemmen als sport is ontstaan in 2009 toen ........