Swimming unassisted, using only the following equipment:
- a single, water permeable swimsuit (no wetsuit)
- Silicon swim cap
- Ear plugs
- Channel grease (for protection from chaffing) - which is essential for swimming in the Great Salt Lake
In a water temperature that is 41°F (5°C) or less in open water
- Water temperature must be taken by three separate thermometers to ensure accuracy of reading
That spans the distance of one full mile
- Thus it isn't about how long you are in the water, but how fast you can swim a mile at that temperature.
In order to successfully complete this quest, an EKG from a Dr is required beforehand (Here's mine), and the swimmer must be familiar with winter swimming and properly acclimatize him/herself to cold water swimming. The swim must be accompanied by appropriate safety staff, and swim observers that can validate that the swim conforms to the above standards.