What Is It Like To Be A Madswimmer?

What Is It Like To Be A Madswimmer?

Courtesy of Jean Craven of Madswimmer, in a group tandem swim of 29 swimmers crossing 25 km in Lake Malawi near the borders with Mozambique and Zambia.

Jean Craven is on to something.

Given his varied aquatics background as a competitive swimmer, a water polo player, a biathlete, a stellar Navy diver, and a high-altitude swimmer, it is no wonder his adventures are far and wide.

After Craven flies from South Africa to California in order to complete a cross-border charity swim from California to Mexico tomorrow (called the Pan-American Colibrí Swim or Nado Panamericano Colibrí), he will then return home and continue raising money and organizing three more swims around the world:

* the 3-stage Balearic Island Challenge on September 1st in the Spanish archipelago
* the 30 km Bazaruto Island Challenge on October 28th along the coast of Mozambique
* the sunrise-to-sunset Orange River Dash on November 25th along the longest river in South Africa

Each charitable swimming event by the Madswimmer is a group swim that intends to raise at least R1,000,000 (US$73,700) for its selected charities:

* Operation Smile South Africa
* Bram Fischer Trust
* Children’s Hospital Trust
* The Just The One Foundation
* HospiVision
* Khayelitsha Swimming Outreach Programme
* Arabella Polkinghorne Leadership Programme
* Guild Cottage
* Miles for Mercia
* ORT SA Cape
* The Seal Swimming Trust
* Waehuiskrans/Arniston Community Development Trust
* Afrika Tikkun
* Ikamva Labantu.

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Steven Munatones