10 ways to tackle cold water according to famous ice swimmer Ram Barkai

Swimming in cold, open water has become a popular hobby for thrill-seekers. From the frigid waters of Cape Town’s Atlantic seaboard to the icy dams of the Karoo, South Africa offers many opportunities for a refreshing dip.

But cold water should also be approached with caution. Whether just going for a dip or open water swimming in the deep, immersing yourself in icy temperatures can be dangerous, especially in winter.

‘Cold water should be respected, not conquered,’ explains the founder and Chair of the International Ice Swimming Association (IISA), Ram Barkai. Barkai found his passion for cold water in the frigid oceans of Cape Town and has swum in some of the coldest parts of the world including Antarctica and the Arctic.

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