Winter Swimming World Championships 2018

27.03.2018 IWSA NEWS

With the championships behind, now is the best time to review this magical event.

As you may already now, for 2018, Tallinn, Estonia, was selected as host for the Winter Swimming World Championships 2018. The venue for where the pool was built was a selected area of water located in the Old City Marina, Port of Tallinn.

The championships ran for 5 days, from March 6 to 10, where swimmers could compete in a total of 10 timed distances, 3 non-timed, 2 relay team swims and swimmers could also register a performance team. The program as follows:

Tuesday, March 6

  • 25m ice butterfly,
  • 100m breaststroke and freestyle,
  • 450m endurance swim.

Wednesday, March 7

  • 50m freestyle,
  • 200m breaststroke and freestyle.

Thursday, March 8

  • 25m freestyle.

Friday, March 9

  • 25m breaststroke.

Saturday, March 10

  • 50m breaststroke,
  • 4x25m freestyle and breaststroke relay,
  • Performance team shows.

Non-timed swims occurred each day, 3 times a day, usually happening between timed swims. And the award ceremony was held each day once all swims ended and results were printed on to diplomas. The average air temperature during the championships was around -3°C and water being around 0°C.

These championships set new records - a total of 1386 swimmers were registered, representing 40 countries, which makes this the largest amount  of countries and participants by far.

The gala party was held at the stunning Seaplane Harbour, bringing more than 700 swimmers to have a stunning night, accompanied by live music and outstanding interior.

We would like to thank the Organising Committee for doing an outstanding job and making all of this happen. We thank the volunteers who worked really hard during the event. A special thanks to all of the partners and sponsors who united to make these championships live. And a big thank you to all of the winter swimmers, who came and made these championships a truly amazing experience, creating lots of memories and making new friends. This event lived by our slogan - the colder the water, the warmer is our friendship.

More pictures from the event can be found on the Facebook page and Flickr Galleries. An event after-movie should be published soon.

We are proud to announce that Winter Swimming World Championships 2020 will be held in Bled, Slovenia. We look forward to this event and hope to see even more winter swimmers from even more countries. Thank you all for this fantastic event, stay tuned for news, and enjoy your off-season (hope for all of you to have cold water somewhere close during the summer).

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