Antonio Argüelles is the General Director of the Nueva Escuela Tecnológica (New Technology School – NET), a project that makes quality education accessible and affordable within in the metropolitan area of Mexico City.

Antonio is an entrepreneur, lecturer, writer and open water swimmer.

He has been an advisor to the Secretariat of Public Education of the states of Puebla and Sonora, both of which have had outstanding results in the national PLANEA evaluations and have taken first places in the Mexico’s national ranking system.

Antonio has dedicated his life to high performance athletics and to the promotion of physical activity in Mexico. His passion for open water swimming led him to attempt the Oceans Seven Challenge, which consists of seven high-difficulty channel crossings around the world. After successfully crossing the North Channel between Northern Ireland and Scotland in August 2017, at 58, he became only the seventh person in the world to complete the Oceans Seven.

He currently delivers motivational lectures, in which he narrates his many experiences as a swimmer and describes the obstacles he has had to face to achieve his goals.

In conjunction with the journalist Adam Skolnick, Antonio is in the process of writing Forever Swim, a book about his journey as a swimmer from its beginnings at his local pool in Mexico to the completion the Oceans Seven challenge on the rocky coast of Scotland.

Antonio Argüelles is originally from Mexico City.

Public service positions

  • Undersecretary of administration of the Ministry of Commerce and Industrial Development
  • Undersecretary of administration of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit
  • General Director of the National College of Technical Professional Education (CONALEP)

Academic positions

  • Visiting professor at El Colegio de México

Awards and honors

  • Man of the Year 2017 by the World Open Water Swim Association
  • Oldest person to swim the Oceans Seven | Guinness World Records (2017)
  • Member of the Catalina Channel Half Century Club (2015)
  • Man of the Year 2015 by the World Open Water Swim Association
  • Admission to the International Hall of Fame of Long Distance (International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame) (2014)
  • National Sports Award, in the category of Promotion of Sport (2009)
  • Golden Shoe Award by Runner’s World Magazine (1993)

Participation in organizations

  • Founder and honorary president of the Federación Mexicana de Triatlón
  • Founder of Queremos Mexicanos Activos, a civil society organization
  • Member of the Board of Nueva Escuela Tecnológica
  • President of the Board of La Carrera del Agua


BA in Germanic Studies and Economics from Stanford University (1982)


  • With each stroke: the endless blue, Mexico City, Limusa, 2003.
  • Technological education in the world, Mexico City, Limusa, 2002.
  • Labor competency and education based on competition standards, Mexico City, Limusa, 2000.
  • Towards educational reengineering: the CONALEP case, Mexico City, Limusa, 1999.


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