Ram Barkai

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Ram Barkai
Personal information
Nationality Israeli, South African
Born (1957-10-22) October 22, 1957 (age 60)
Kibbutz Maagan, Israel
Sport Swimming
Club Sunday Hot Chocolate Swimming Group

Ram Barkai (born October 22, 1957[1]) is a South African open water swimmer and former businessman, specializing in winter swimming and known for his ability to withstand extremely cold waters. He has taken on many of the world's toughest swims, including that in the icy waters of Switzerland and the shark-infested waters of South Africa.[2] Born in Israel,[3][4] Barkai holds many world records related to swimming, including the record for being the only person to have swum the Robben Island crossing at night[citation needed]. He has also appeared on many television programs, including the documentary Stan Lee's Superhumans.[5][6] Founder of the International Ice Swimming Association,[4] Barkai resides in Cape Town, South Africa, where he moved to in 1996 and first experienced cold open water swimming.[2]



Prior to moving to Cape Town, where he now resides, Barkai served five years in the Israeli Army and 9 years in Tokyo and Japan.[7]


Swimming aside, Barkai was the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Cadiz Holding Limited from 2005 to 2012.[8][9][10]


Personal life[edit]

Ram Barkai .[11] has four children.[4]


  1. ^ "Founding Members". International Ice Swimming Association. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Nevitt, Lisa. "Ram Barkai interview". Cape Town Magazine. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ram Barkai - Centre for Conscious Leadership". Centre for Conscious Leadership. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ice swimmer Ram Barkai takes on the Bering Strait". Speedo. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "SAfrican swims icy loch". Voice of the Cape. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bird Man". Stan Lee's Superhumans. Season 2. Episode 14. History. 
  7. ^ Ram Barkai. "About". rambarkai.com. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Cadiz holdings ltd (CDZ:Johannesburg) Ram Barkai: Executive Profile". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  9. ^ Alec Hogg (May 31, 2010). "Cadiz Holdings annual results: Ram Barkai - CEO, Cadiz Holdings". Money Web. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Ram Barkai: An interview with a 21st Century Conscious Leader who Pushes Possibilities". Centre for Conscious Leadership. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ Munatones, Steve (March 29, 2012). "Ram Barkai, Zeroing In On The Extreme". Open Water Source. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 

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