Imagine swimming a mile in 33 minutes in water that was 3.9 degrees Celsius…without a wetsuit.

For most of us it would be impossible, but that is exactly what Kate Steels-Fryatt did to raise funds for Sea-Changers.

On Saturday 31st January 2015 Kate achieved her dream and successfully completed an ‘Ice Mile’ – she is only the 110th person internationally to have officially completed this challenge.    


 She said:

“I woke up to a dusting of snow and a howling bitter northerly wind. The snow quickly melted and the sun thought about coming out. I had trained hard and focused on the swim. It was incredibly tough and took so much out of me. The water was 3.9 degrees and wind chill -1C. I swam a total of 1650m in just under 33 minutes.

I am a keen open water and winter swimmer. I have been swimming in local rivers, the sea and at Andark diving lake approximately 5 days a week for over two months to train and allow my body to acclimatise to the freezing water. This was a serious challenge where hypothermia is a real danger.“

Kate thanked Andark Diving Lake for their “superb support” and help in training and also her fantastic support team.

 Kate’s freezing challenges don’t stop there. In March she is heading off to Russia as a member of the GB Ice Swimming Team to take part in the Inaugural Ice Swimming World Championships.

Sea-Changers wants to say a massive thank you to Kate for using this amazing challenge to raise money for UK marine conservation projects.  If you want to sponsor Kate, to show your admiration for her achievement, it is not too late to do so. Simply visit: and make a donation.

Every penny you donate will go to vital UK marine conservation projects.


 All Photos taken and provided by Terry Scott  

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