About Us

How

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!

our team

Jean Craven

Jean Craven

Herman Van Der Westhuizen

Herman Van Der Westhuizen

Ben Enosh

Ram Barkai

Ram Barkai

Andy Pfaff

Andy Pfaff

Ryan Stamrood

Ryan Stamrood

Duncan Kukard

Duncan Kukard

Oded Rahav

Oded Rahav

Trevor Lundt

Trevor Lundt

Nadia Cooke

Nadia Cooke

Emil Berning

Emil Berning

Greig Bannatyne

Greig Bannatyne

Owen Sheftz

Owen Sheftz

Sam Whelpton

Sam Whelpton

Mark de Klerk

Mark de Klerk

Milton Brest

Milton Brest

Doron Amosi

Doron Amosi

Andrew Ford

Andrew Ford

John Dickerson

John Dickerson

Luc Chetboun

Luc Chetboun

Jean Craven

Jean Craven

Ram Barkai

Ram Barkai

Michiel Le Roux

Michiel Le Roux

Sam Whelpton

Sam Whelpton

Werner Whelpton

Werner Whelpton

Robert Dunford

Robert Dunford

Kobie Odendaal

Kobie Odendaal

Darren Madgwick

Darren Madgwick

Trevor Lundt

Trevor Lundt

Willem Oosthuizen

Willem Oosthuizen

Nicolette Du Plessis

Nicolette Du Plessis

Karen Graaf

Karen Graaf

Emma Gough

Emma Gough

Anushka Wohlberg

Anushka Wohlberg

Francois Du Toit

Francois Du Toit

Garth Greubel

Garth Greubel

Cherisse VD Berg

Cherisse VD Berg

Manie and Nicky Wessels

Manie and Nicky Wessels

Jean Craven

Jean Craven

Megan Harrington-Johnson

Megan Harrington-Johnson

Dayne Altenburger

Dayne Altenburger

Pete Wakefield

Pete Wakefield

Robin Saggers

Robin Saggers

Owen Sheftz

Owen Sheftz

Andrew Ford

Andrew Ford

Simon Bruce

Dawn Smith

Dawn Smith

Terry Bantock

Willem van der Post

Evan Feldman

Evan Feldman

Jean Craven

Jean Craven

Neil Macaskill

Neil Macaskill

Herman Van Der Westhuizen

Herman Van Der Westhuizen

Kiki Marx

Kiki Marx

Hylton Lockitch

Hylton Lockitch

Gita Osrin

Gita Osrin

Juandre Human

Juandre Human

Ram Barkai

Ram Barkai

Jackie Cobell

Jackie Cobell

Abigail Thomson

Abigail Thomson

Evan Feldman

Evan Feldman

Jean Craven

Jean Craven

Neil Macaskill

Neil Macaskill

Herman Van Der Westhuizen

Herman Van Der Westhuizen

Kiki Marx

Kiki Marx

Hylton Lockitch

Hylton Lockitch

Gita Osrin

Gita Osrin

Juandre Human

Juandre Human

Ram Barkai

Ram Barkai

Jackie Cobell

Jackie Cobell

Abigail Thomson

Abigail Thomson

Evan Feldman

Evan Feldman

Contact Us

Get in touch with us by means of one of the following:

Email: contact@madswimmer.com

Phone: +27825722738

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