I’ve been swimming for over 30 years, pioneering swims in the most vulnerable ecosystems to get them protected.
Which was the hardest, which was the most memorable? Three swims stand out.
The first was my swim across the North Pole to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice. The water was minus 1.7°C. Nobody had ever swum in such cold temperatures before. I wasn’t even sure I would come out alive. So that required a deep conviction that what I was swimming for was the defining issue of our generation.
The second swim was in the Ross Sea in Antarctica. It led directly to the creation of the largest Marine Protected Area in the world. The day this was announced was the happiest of my life.
And lastly, when I swam the length of the English Channel. Swimming the 35 km across the Channel is regarded as the Everest of swims. So swimming its 528 km length pushed me to my absolute limit.
Below are some of the other swims I have undertaken, and honours I’ve received.