Ice Swimming Challenge | 5 Minutes in 0.9°C Water


For this months Propulsion Swimming Challenge we were invited by Ice Swimming World Champion, John Myatt to experience his ice barrel at ice HQ. John uses this barrel to help aclimatise his body to the freezing water temperatures he faces when competing in Ice swimming!

We spent a 5 minutes each in the water, which was a barmy 0.9 degrees celcius, so that we could see just what insane conditions he has to deal with!

WARNING – We completed this challenge under the expert guidance of an experienced professional. We wouldn’t recommend doing this alone without expert knowledge.

John won Gold in his age group at the Ice Swimming World Championships in Murmansk, Russia 2019. If you want to listen to our podcast interview with John follow this link –

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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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