To date only
7 men and 1 woman
have swum a kilometre at both poles
to put this into context 12 people have walked on the moon!
Our aim is to swim an official ‘Ice Kilometre’ ratified by the International Ice Swimming Association. As part of the rules we are only allowed to wear a standard swimming costume and swim cap with goggles.
Disko Bay, Greenland
Predicted sea temperature: 2°C - 4°C
Predicted sea temperature: 0°C - -1°C
'WHEN YOU GO INTO THE COLD, YOU CANNOT THINK. YOU HAVE TO BE. YOU LEARN TO BE. TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF'
Now a kilometre, that doesn’t seem too bad right?
It’s 40 lengths of a standard swimming pool; what's the fuss? It's the extreme cold that makes this swim a brutal challenge.
To give you an idea of how cold it will be
UK COLD SHOWER
10°C - 15°C
The cold water in an average UK shower is between 10°C - 15°C.
UK SEA TEMPERATURES
6°C - 20°C
Average UK sea temperatures are 15-20°C in the summer and 6-10°C in the winter.
Ice water is considered to be temperatures lower 5°C.
In the first 3 minutes of the swim
We will have to overcome cold water shock
Between roughly 3 to 30 minutes we will start to get cooling to our nerves and muscles, predominantly in our arms and legs due to their body mass to surface ratio. This is a huge problem as control of our arms and legs is pretty essential for swimming! For every 1°C drop in local temperature around these muscles there is a 4-6% decrease in muscular performance.
When the local temperature in our arms and legs cools to <20°C the electric signals that control muscle contractions start to slow. When this drops to <15°C our arms and legs will start to feel dead.
We are also at risk of hypothermia as cold water conducts heat away from the body 24 times greater than cold air.
And if the cold isn’t enough of a concern we will have to watch out for polar bears, leopard seals and orcas.
HERE ARE THE REAL HEROES
Our Polar Swim Charities
For our Polar Swim we have chosen two charities that our close to our hearts
We aim to raise £20,000 for these amazing charities.