Lewis Pugh has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history: First swim across the North Pole; first along the length of the English Channel; the world’s highest swim; the only swim under the Antarctic ice sheet …

Lewis swam all of these in just a Speedo swimsuit, often in conditions considered ‘impossible’. How does he do this? In a word, purpose. Lewis’s driving aim is to help protect our planet’s threatened oceans. To date his campaigns have been instrumental in the protection of over 2 million km² of vulnerable ocean, an area the size of Western Europe.

Red Sea 2022

On 26 October 2022, Lewis completed the first ever swim across the Red Sea, from Saudi Arabia to Egypt.

During the two weeks he swam over some of the most precious coral in the world, and urged all nations gathered at Sharm el-Sheikh for COP27 to drastically cut their emissions, tackle the climate crisis and protect the world’s oceans.

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Marine Protected Areas offer Hope

The Lewis Pugh Foundation was formed to preserve our oceans for a peaceful and sustainable future.

To date the Foundation has been instrumental in securing full protection for over 2 million km2 of vulnerable ocean.

Its goal is to ensure that 30% of our oceans are properly protected by 2030.

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You won’t find a more captivating storyteller.

As an ocean advocate and a pioneer swimmer, Lewis applies his hard-learned lessons to the corporate environment.

He shares the visualisation strategies, radical tactical shifts,  teamwork and focus that enabled him to achieve seemingly impossible tasks.

Most importantly he inspires people to dig deep, define their goals and achieve their own ‘impossible’.

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Southern Ocean




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