Oceans Seven Open Water Swimming Challenge

The Oceans Seven challenge is made up of seven long-distance open water swims and is considered the aquatic version of the Seven Summits of mountaineering. In August 2017, Antonio Argüelles became the seventh person in the world to complete this challenge.

THE ENGLISH CHANNEL

2009

GREAT BRITAIN / FRANCE

“The English Channel, the first audacious channel swim to populate our cultural radar, has long claimed a special place in human hearts. Perhaps it’s because the history between England and France is so loaded, or maybe it’s that the thought of anybody greasing themselves up, and swimming across the North Atlantic Ocean from one country to another, while wearing just a Speedo, a swim cap and goggles, sounds as mad as it ever has”.

STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR

2015

SPAIN / MOROCCO

“The Strait of Gibraltar is a slender waterway that stretches from Punta de Tarifa in Spain to Cires Point in Morocco, connecting two continents, millennia of history, and the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea. It’s also one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world with over 300 merchant vessels crossing the course that the channel swimmers make daily”.

THE TSUGARU STRAIT

2015

JAPAN

“The Tsugaru Strait would be a crucial test. Not just because of my physical condition, which hadn’t improved since I surfaced in Morocco at the end of the Gibraltar swim, but also because the water in northern Japan is cooler than the Mediterranean, the weather more unpredictable, and the distance a lot longer. Gibraltar wasn’t a significant physical challenge by marathon swim standards. Tsugaru would be”.

THE KA’IWI CHANNEL

2016

HAWAII, UNITED STATES

“Hawaiians call the 45 kilometers of rough, wind-churned water that connects Oahu and Molokai the Ka’iwi Channel, or the Channel of Bones. Some think that’s because the bones of fishermen and sailors who drowned in the tempestuous waters have washed up on both islands”.

CATALINA CHANNEL

2017

CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

“In the hours before any crossing, there is no place in my mind for anything other than success. I forget unresolved issues in my professional life, I check out from the travails of Mexico and our troubled world, and I sign off from dwelling on any lingering personal problems. My 100% focus is on my plan for the swim itself and the ocean before me”.

COOK STRAIT

2017

NEW ZEALAND

“Cook Strait, known to New Zealand’s original inhabitants, the Maori People, as Te Moana-o-Raukawa, connects the Tasman Sea to the South Pacific Ocean, and separates the country’s two main islands. Swimming across brings its fair share of hazards”.

NORTH CHANNEL

2017

NORTHERN IRELAND / SCOTLAND

“From the beginning, the biggest bogeyman of my entire Oceans Seven journey had been this gloomy stretch of sea. For three years, the North Channel had haunted me, in and out of the water, yet here I was in the middle it, and I was actually enjoying myself”.

THE ENGLISH CHANNEL

2009

GREAT BRITAIN / FRANCE

“The English Channel, the first audacious channel swim to populate our cultural radar, has long claimed a special place in human hearts. Perhaps it’s because the history between England and France is so loaded, or maybe it’s that the thought of anybody greasing themselves up, and swimming across the North Atlantic Ocean from one country to another, while wearing just a Speedo, a swim cap and goggles, sounds as mad as it ever has”.

STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR

2015

SPAIN / MOROCCO

“The Strait of Gibraltar is a slender waterway that stretches from Punta de Tarifa in Spain to Cires Point in Morocco, connecting two continents, millennia of history, and the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea. It’s also one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world with over 300 merchant vessels crossing the course that the channel swimmers make daily”.

THE TSUGARU STRAIT

2015

JAPAN

“The Tsugaru Strait would be a crucial test. Not just because of my physical condition, which hadn’t improved since I surfaced in Morocco at the end of the Gibraltar swim, but also because the water in northern Japan is cooler than the Mediterranean, the weather more unpredictable, and the distance a lot longer. Gibraltar wasn’t a significant physical challenge by marathon swim standards. Tsugaru would be”.

THE KA’IWI CHANNEL

2016

HAWAII, UNITED STATES

“Hawaiians call the 45 kilometers of rough, wind-churned water that connects Oahu and Molokai the Ka’iwi Channel, or the Channel of Bones. Some think that’s because the bones of fishermen and sailors who drowned in the tempestuous waters have washed up on both islands”.

CATALINA CHANNEL

2017

CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

“In the hours before any crossing, there is no place in my mind for anything other than success. I forget unresolved issues in my professional life, I check out from the travails of Mexico and our troubled world, and I sign off from dwelling on any lingering personal problems. My 100% focus is on my plan for the swim itself and the ocean before me”.

COOK STRAIT

2017

NEW ZEALAND

“Cook Strait, known to New Zealand’s original inhabitants, the Maori People, as Te Moana-o-Raukawa, connects the Tasman Sea to the South Pacific Ocean, and separates the country’s two main islands. Swimming across brings its fair share of hazards”.

NORTH CHANNEL

2017

NORTHERN IRELAND / SCOTLAND

“From the beginning, the biggest bogeyman of my entire Oceans Seven journey had been this gloomy stretch of sea. For three years, the North Channel had haunted me, in and out of the water, yet here I was in the middle it, and I was actually enjoying myself”.

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