Congratulations to Grade 11 learner Duncan Haupt on becoming the youngest swimmer to earn membership of the International Ice Swimming Association. In order to qualify, he had to swim 1 mile 1600m in water below 5 degrees wearing only a speedo,swimming cap and goggles.
In the build up to the event, Duncan was required to spend a minimum of 10 minutes in an ice bath, complete a swim of 600m in water below 5 degrees and undertake a number of training swims in water averaging a temperature of around 10 degrees.
This yearâ€™s Ice Swim Africa took place in Fraserberg – about 90 kilometres north of Sutherland – under extreme conditions.The water temperature for the 600m swim was 3 degrees with the added problem of extreme wind chill conditions caused by 30km/h winds coming across the surrounding snow covered mountains. The overnight temperature ahead of the “Ice Mile” 1600m dropped to minus 10 degrees creating a thick ring of ice around the dam and a water temperature of near freezing point. The average temperature of the water for Duncanâ€™s swim was 1.7 degrees and he was in the water for 29 minutes – thus earning him right of admission to the International ice Swimming Association.
Well done Duncan!