About Madswimmer

What started off as a late winter night’s bet in a chalet on French mountain slopes in 2009 celebrated a successful ending six years later.

Through this endeavor the swimmers managed to raise an incredible $114 000 USD for 11 children’s charities. One of the Madswimmers, Hardi Wilkins, commented after the swim, “we did it and it was no small feat! Facing radical weather, training and fund raising, it was all worth it in the end.”


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The Stages

There are currently six possible one-day, open water swims between the World’s continents.

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Our Charities

Madswimmer.com is a registered South African charity that raises funds for various children’s charities by swimming between the world’s continents. The charity is in its 6th year of operations and has successfully completed all 6  inter-continent crossings.

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2014 Challenge

The charity successfully completed the 6th and final stage, between Asia and North America.

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A heartfelt thank you to all our Corporate Sponsors who made this year’s challenge possible!

Meet the Team

The six pioneers, Jean Craven, Duncan Kukard, Marius de la Rey, Milton Brest, Hardi Wilkins and Ryan Stramrood, fought a Cold War of their own, swimming across the icy strait between the USA and Russia. Riveting stuff.

Bryan Habana

We are so grateful to our Ambassador Bryan Habana to help create awareness around this great cause.

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Madswimmer Bering Strait Swim 2014

Stage 6: Asia to North America

With their successful completion of swimming from the Big Diomede Island (Russia) to the Little Diomede Island (US), the Madswimmers had the privilege to set numerous records. All in aid of disadvantaged children:

1st Ever series of swims across the world connecting 7 continents.

1st Ever South Africans/ Africans to swim between the Diomede Islands.

3rd Ever swimmers to attempt the full crossing between Asia and North America.

The required funding was utilized for this swim’s unique logistical and medical challenges. Even though the swimmers carried their own expenses, flight, accommodation and meals, the charity still required sponsorship for the day of the swim. The amount added up to $82 000 US.

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Asia to North America 2014

Posted Monday, April 14, 2014 by h@ckerScram

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Asia to North America 2014

Diomede Webcam

Posted Tuesday, May 13, 2014 by h@ckerScram

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Diomede Webcam

Children’s Hospital Trust – Thank You

Posted Thursday, May 15, 2014 by h@ckerScram

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Children's Hospital Trust - Thank You

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We have reached our goal of $114,000 US! Thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters.

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