Ger Kennedy’s Ice Hole Diving in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia


Ger Kennedy is an Irish cold swimmer. He arrived in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia, on March 5th, 2016, in the early morning and we went to the place called Elanka on the Lena River. 2,5 hr by car. After, he swam 52 m under the ice. The temp of water under the ice was -1C. Air temp -13,8C. Depth 4,7-5 m. Ice thickness ~80 cm. Visibility ~10-15 m. Everything went safe. Thanks to Sergey Sobolev and his team, who made an Irish dream come true. Location search took 2 weekends, ice holes cutting 2 days, ice hole swimming 4 minutes only.

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Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

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