Winter Swimming World Championships (WSWC) The format and rules of WSWC events makes it possible to attend the championships for 1500 people of both sexes and of all ages to swim with time and without time control with many lengths and duration, also people can enjoy cold water just dipping into the ice-hole. Finland, Helsinki held the very first Winter Swimming World Championship in year 2000. Now it is held once every two years. 2008 was the first year, that WSWC were held outside Finland – in London, United Kingdom. Bled, Slovenia was the second place to hold the WSWC outside Finland and in 2012, the championship was held in Jurmala, Latvia, making Latvia the 3rd international host for the WSWC. After that, the WSWC returned to Finland and was held in Lapland city, Rovaniemi in 2014, exactly on the Polar Circle. The WSWC 2016 was held in the city of Tyumen in Syberia Russia.