Open Water Swimming Around Bastøy Prison Island

Open Water Swimming Around Bastøy Prison Island

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Prison island swims are open water swims where swimmers swim between famed prison islands and the shorelines or mainlands nearby. The prison island swims include swims from Le Château d’If, Fort Boyard, Devil’s Island, Île de Gorée, Robben Island, Alcatraz Island, Spike Island, Rottnest Island, and Sainte-Marguerite and their neighboring mainland communities.

While the islands above are no longer used as a prison, the Bastøy Prison (Norwegian: Bastøy landsfengsel) in Norway is a currently used minimum-security prison on Bastøy Island about 4 km from the nearest mainland.

Located about 75 kilometers (46 miles) south of Oslo, the prison is on a 2.6 square kilometer (1 square mile) island and hosts 115 inmates, some of whom occasionally do open water swimming offshore from their prison island. The lifestyle and expectations of its inmates are quite unusual:

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Steven Munatones