The Bering Strait Open Water Swim Challenge -- Our virtual swim simulator plots your open water swim course on a map. Sign up using the login link at the top of the screen. Then invite your fiends to join you on a virtual swim. After enrolling, use our swim calorie calculator to compute distance, pace and calories burned. Then save your swim in our swim workout log and apply the distance and calories to a open water swim challenge.

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This swim calories calculator uses distance, time, weight and swim stroke to calculate calories burned. Please be aware that the calories burned is an estimate. Actual calories burned will depend upon many other factors, such as general health, water temperature, stroke efficiency.
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Challenge Statistics (Current)
Course Distance:53.0 Miles
Total Swimmers:4
Total Dist. Swum:  n/a
Avg. Dist. Swum:n/a
Challenge Days:n/a

The Bering Strait is a 53 mile (85 km) wide gap between mainland Russia and the US.

During the cold, dark winter, the Strait partially freezes with large channels of fast flowing water. These open channels are sometimes clogged with moving chuncks of ice.

Summer conditions are extremely variable and harsh. Storms are powerful, frequent and unpredictable. And because of the shallow depth of the Strait, waves are shorter and much stronger than deep sea waves. The average summer water temperature is 43 F (6 C) -- Summer would be the ideal time to attempt a swim crossing.

No one has swum the length of the Strait. However, in 1987, a small symbollicaly important swim was completed. There are two islands in the Strait, Big Diomede (Russia) and Little Diomede (US), that are separated by 2.4 miles (4 km). During the cold war, the border between the islands was known as the "Ice Curtain." In 1987, American swimmer Lynne Cox swam between these two islands.


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