It all started
What started off as a late winter nights’ bet in a chalet on the French slopes in 2009 has sparked a group of brave individuals to embark on an annual challenge – swimming between the worlds’ 7 continents.
In 2009 Jean Craven and Tim Ziehl took a bet from their friends that they could swim across the Strait of Gibraltar, linking Europe with Africa.
They completed the 17 km crossing from Spain to Morocco in just 4 hours and 22 minutes. Feeling sorry for taking betting monies collected from their friends, they decided to donate the money to various children’s charities and orphanages.
Madswimmer, a registered charity, was born the following year, and has since completed various world first open water swims in aid of children’s charities!