The Seven Summits are the highest mountains in each of the seven continents. Successfully scaling these mountains is a mountaineering challenge attained by only the strongest. As of 2007, 198 climbers have achieved this expensive and physically demanding goal. Open water swimming’s version of the Seven Summits is the Oceans Seven:

Who is closest marathon swimmer to this exclusive goal? What other swimmers are out there who are training and planning to achieve the Oceans Seven? These athletes below are just a handful of athletes who are closest to the elusive goal of the Oceans Seven. Email Open Water Source and tell us about your journey.

English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait, Molokai Channel, Tsugaru Channel and Strait of Gibraltar to date (6).

English Channel, Catalina Channel, North Channel and Strait of Gibraltar to date (4).

English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar to date (4).

English Channel, Catalina Channel (both ways and two-way), Molokai Channel (both ways) and Cook Strait to date (4).

English Channel, Catalina Channel, North Channel and Strait of Gibraltar to date (4).

English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar to date (4).

Bula Chowdhury Chakraborty (India)

English Channel (twice), Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar to date (4).

Tom Hecker (California, USA)

English Channel, Catalina Channel, Cook Strait and Strait of Gibraltar to date (4).

Molokai Channel, English Channel and Catalina Channel to date (3).

English Channel, Catalina Channel and Molokai Channel to date (3).