What is Ice Swimming?

What is Ice Swimming?

Ice swimming is a discipline of open water swimming that is defined as swimming in a body of water that is 5°C or lower. Ice swimming can be conducted in open bodies of water or any kind of outdoor pool.

Competitive ice swimming includes International Ice Swimming Association-governed and -sanctioned races in the ice swimming community that include 100m freestyle, 100m breastroke, 200m freestyle, 500m freestyle, 1000m freestyle (Ice Kilometer) held in ice pools or in the open water.

What is Hypothermia?

Hypothermia is reduced body temperature that happens when a body dissipates more heat than it absorbs. In humans, it is defined as a body core temperature below 35.0 °C (95.0 °F). Symptoms depend on the temperature. In mild hypothermia there is shivering and mental condusion.In moderate hypothermia shivering stops and confusion increases. In severe hypothermia, there may be paradoxical undressing, in which a person removes their clothing, as well as an increased risk of the heart stopping .

How to act?

Hypothermia classification:

Symptoms:   Awake and shivering -  Mild  

                     Drowsy and not shivering - Moderate   

                     Unconcious not shivering - Severe 

                     No vital signs - Profound