The Antarctica Ice KM

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Part One – The Madswimmer Ice Series Ice

South Africa is the proud leader of the first official 1km ice swim event held in Antarctica waters!

On 25 November, 00:15 South Africa time, the gruelling wait was over. Ram Barkai of South Africa successfully led 14 ice swimmers from across the globe to complete the first official 1km ice-swim at the bottom of the earth.

While others pack their thickest jackets to visit the South Pole, these ice-swimmers appeared in Speedo’s on rubber ducks alongside the One Ocean expedition cruiser, RCSG, to swim in -1.4 Deg C waters.

Support staff and South African Emergency Physician expert, Dr Sean Gottschalk, were ready to perform rescue operations if needed but swimmers were mentally and medically fit to withstand the extreme conditions. Waiting upon a weather gap that would allow the swim was of the hardest challenges they experienced. The weather changed constantly and interrupted the event, which really tested swimmers’ psychological endurance

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