How to Swim in Antarctica

Swimming in Antarctica – Taking the Polar Plunge

I remember arriving at Lake Titicaca for the first time and immediately stripping down to my shorts. Someone asked me in a confused tone, “what are you doing?”

“Well, I’m not going to visit the world’s highest navigable lake and not swim in it am I?”

When reaching Antarctica waters, a swim was a must.  Swimming in Antarctica was an experience to say the least.  They told us the water temperatures were actually about 4 degrees below zero.  Of course, water that salty can be less than zero.  I’m fairly sure that with a crowd it’s something I’d do again, and I’m positive that swimming in Antarctica was one of the true highlights of this past year, no matter how cold it may have been.

Anyways, for your viewing pleasures, I’ve attached a video of the now infamous Antarctica swim:

*** Stay tuned for more of the Antarctic Adventure. Read about day 4’s adventures as I explore the “Mystery of Deception Island.” Later in the week, you can continue reading by checking out my article about “Reaching the 7th Continent” on the Peregrine Adventures Blog. Coming up, I will be posting my first in a series of photo essays where “Ice” will be the main subject.  Check out Peregrine Adventures, the sexiest people in travel, by clicking on the banner below.

Author: Brendan van Son

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  1. You sir, are completely nuts! Way to go Brendan, if anyone can swim in Antarctica, it’s a fearless Canuck.

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  2. You are so brave to dive into that cold, cold water Brendan…You are my hero…
    Thanks for sharing that adventure on youtube with your loyal followers…
    Patti thecrazychef Somewhere in Mexico

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  3. You even got the undressing in Antarctica down! It was freezing I imagine since it was sooo freezing for us. But by the time you exited the water it wasn’t that cold anymore was it? lol My toes were freeeezing until I took a hot shower on the boat.. great video!

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  4. Wow, that was brave… I would never do that!
    But I definitely want to go to Antarctica!

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  5. OK, I’m cold just watching that. I was expecting to see penguins swimming in Antarctica… not you! Congrats Brendan. Definitely a bucket list moment.


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    • haha… I’ll get a penguin swimming shot soon, just for you Kelly

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  6. That’s fantastic. How many people can say they swam in Antarctica? I have a feeling you’re in a pretty exclusive club.

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  7. You make it look so easy! Funny, I just posted about swimming in Antarctica (not me, but the superwoman: Lynne Cox).

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  8. I think I would have a heart attack and die the second I hit the cold water. Sometimes I’m content to live vicariously. Fun video!

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  9. brrr….that’s what you call ice cold water 😀

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    • Seriously… you have no idea haha

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