The Blog : Swimming

Always Dive In: How I do what I do

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I’m so grateful for all the messages of support and encouragement I’ve received since my swim along the edge of the Arctic sea ice. I’ve also received many, many requests to share how it ...

5 Aug 2017
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Swimming Along the Arctic Sea Ice

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I love everything about my polar campaigns, except for the tense hours just before a swim. The anxiety before this last swim, along the edge of the Arctic sea ice, was the worst I’ve ...

30 Jul 2017
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Bellingshausen Sea, 63°S 59°W

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Air temperature 4°C / 39°F, Water temperature 0°C / 32°F Duration of swim: 17 minutes 30 seconds There is an Inuit parable that tells of two wolves that battle inside each of us. One ...

13 Dec 2016
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Cape Horn, 56°South

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Yesterday I wrote about failure. Today we experienced it. And yes, there were lessons learned. Lesson one: avoid multiple mission objectives. That’s not always easy, when you find yourself in a spectacular part of ...

11 Dec 2016
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Speedo diplomacy – the lost art of negotiating

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Endurance swimmer and Ocean Advocate Lewis Pugh has been called the “Human Polar Bear” and a “Speedo Diplomat”. He puts his body on the line to bring his message home, performing long-distance swims in ...

19 Nov 2016
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Sometimes ‘Crazy’ Gets the Job Done

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Two years ago when I launched a campaign to protect the Ross Sea in Antarctica, the Daily Telegraph called me crazy. “Pugh is like a detective that has been given 24 hours before he ...

28 Oct 2016
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You can be courageous or comfortable

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Life is not predictable. But exercising courage, and having the courage of your convictions, can help you weather the worst storms. I’ve been campaigning for Antarctica’s Ross Sea to be declared a Marine Protected ...

5 Jun 2016
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18 tips for a successful Channel swim

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Want to swim the English Channel? Here are my 18 tips for a successful crossing: 1. Find the best coach in town. Make sure he / she suits your personality and most importantly, believes ...

15 Jan 2016
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