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Antarctica Swim 2018




In November 2018 the first ever ICE Swimming competition in Antarctica will take place under

International Ice Swimming Association Rules.


The expedition ship will depart from Ushuaiai, Argentina for a 13 day sailing around the Antarctic peninsular with the highlight of the trip being  an IISA 1km Ice swimming event with 3 or 4 heats of 4 swimmers. 

Each swimmer will be accompanied by a RIB and experienced expedition guides. 

The Ship is equipped to recover and rewarm swimmers and there will be a dedicated experienced expedition Doctor sean gottschalk who overseen many Ice Swimming and extreme events .

The swim expedition leader is Ram Barkai who is the holder of the world record for the most southerly swim at latitude -70ºwhich tookplace in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, on 7 February 2008. Ram swam 1 km in water temperature of 1ºc which took 22 min 5 sec. The exact co-ordinate of the start point of the swim is latitude -70º 45.44 and longitude -11º 39.04



More information in  the brochure   ICE Swim brochure

Further details please contact :ram.iceswimming@gmail.com



1. Antarctica is always covered in ice.  Unlike the North Pole, the ice on Antarctica never melts. 

2. Antarctica is a landmass that is covered in ice. The North Pole and the Arctic is not land, but a frozen mass on top of the ocean. 

3. Antarctica is the windiest, highest and driest place on earth. 

4. The average thickness of the ice covering Antarctica is one mile. It can be as thick as three miles in places. 

5. Antarctica is 1.3 times as large as Europe, almost 1.5 times the size of the United States of America and almost double the size of Australia.


The Antarctic landscape truly is breathtaking!

6. Antarctica is the coldest place on earth - the coldest temperature ever recorded measured -89.2C on 21 July 1983. 

7. 90% of the world’s fresh water is in Antarctica. But it has had no rain or snow for the last 2 million years. 

8. Antarctica does not have a time zone. It is the only continent in the world that does not have one. 

9. An international treaty called the Antarctic treaty governs the continent of Antarctica. 

10. There are no countries in Antarctica. It is one large continent. And there are no permanent residents, although around 1,000 people live here at peak times of the year. They are mainly scientific researchers or military personnel. 

11. To work in Antarctica you must pass many rigorous dental and medical examinations to ensure you are at the least risk from experiencing medical issues when you are there. There was once a rumour that you needed to remove your wisdom teeth and appendix before you travelled to work in Antarctica. 

12. The word Antarctica comes from a Greek word meaning ‘opposite of the north’. 

13. There is a waterfall in Antarctica that flows with red coloured liquid from the tongue of Taylor Glacier onto the ice-covered surface of West Lake Bonney in the Taylor Valley of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Victoria Land, East Antarctica. The water that flows at this waterfall comes from a salty lake which is rich in iron oxides and preserved 400 metres under ground.



The Blood Falls in Antarctica; the outflow is tainted with iron-oxide!

14. Although Antarctica is an incredibly remote region, there is one ATM on Antarctica at McMurdo station and is operated by US bank, Wells Fargo. 

15. Antarctica’s ice sheet has been in place for 40 million years. 

16. Antarctica was once covered in forests and not ice. The ice caps had melted and forests inhabited by dinosaurs stood in their place. Robert Falcon Scott uncovered evidence of this in 1912 when he found fossilised plants on the Beardmore Glacier.