Jacques Tuset

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57-year-old French marathon swimmer and open water swimming coach, instructor, and referee from Montpellier, France. French representative of the Channel Swimming Association and the King of Prison Island Swimming who serves as a Marathon Swimming Mentor.

  • He is the French representative of the Channel Swimming Association.
  • He is a Patron of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.
  • He is the King of Prison Island Swimming.
  • He serves as a Marathon Swimming Mentor.
  • He won the Pierre Van Vooren Memorial Trophy from the Channel Swimming Association for his English Channel crossing completed under the Swim in the most Arduous Conditions in 2002 in 12 hours 40 minutes.
  • He was inducted as an Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
  • He has completed 2 Oceans Seven channels.
  • He completed an Ice Kilometer on 6 January 2017 at the 2nd Ice Swimming Aqua World Championships in Burghausen, Bavaria, Germany in 15:50:02 in 3.40°C water and -11.10°C air temperatures.
  • He has completed 29 prison island swims to date, the most number of prison island swims in history.
  • He was named one of the World’s 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2019 by the World Open Water Swimming Association.
  • He has completed the famed Triple Break and Quatro Break of prison island swims including swims from Alcatraz Island (USA), Le Château d’If (France), Fort Boyard (France), Île de Gorée (Senegal), Robben Island (South Africa), Spike Island (Ireland), Rottnest Island (Australia) and Fort Royal de Sainte-Marguerite (France).
  • He completed Le Défi Edmond Dantès, a 7.7 km night swim from Château d’If to Île Tiboulen in the 13.2°C water, finishing in 2 hours 27 minutes, after departing Château d’If at 8:47 pm and arriving at Tiboulen Island at 11:15 p.m., his 20th escape from Château d’If, at the age of 58 on 26 February 2022.
  • He serves as the referee and event director of the 2019 French open Championships – Vichy, a sanctioned International Ice Swimming Association event held in February in France.

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Swimming Interest

Marathon-Channel Swims
Racing 25k or under
Ice Swimming
Winter Swimming

Special Honors

WOWSA Award Nominee
Hall of Famer

Race 25k & Under Special Honors

25k Finisher

Special Honors Marathon/Channel Swimming

Strait of Gibralter
English Channel
Swim Around Manhattan

Ice/Winter Swimming Special Honors

Ice Kilometer

Goals in open water swimming

Prison island swim










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