About Madswimmer

There aren’t many charities that would swim for hours in the Alaskan Pacific with pods of Orcas lurking in the depths. There aren’t many charities putting their lives at risk to benefit others. Madswimmer is a charity involved with daring swimming challenges to raise funds for children.

By risking our lives we are investing everything. If we don’t, how can we expect sponsors to invest? Facing threats might mean we’re mad but we have to be even madder not to care”. Founder Jean Craven.


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2015: The Highest Swim

On 5 December 2015 Madswimmer will take on the highest swim on top of the world’s highest volcano, Mt Ojos del Salado, Chile. This will be a world record breaking physical experience, swimming at 6400m above sea level.

Dangers include the combination of altitude and hypothermia that can cause acute health problems. We will be taking along chain saws to cut open ice in case the lake is frozen.


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Our Charities

Madswimmer.com is a registered South African charity that raises funds for various children’s charities by doing daring open water swims. During its existence of six years swimmers have successfully completed six inter-continental crossings and other secondary open water swims in aid of charity.

The list of organisations we help is always growing, but we have detailed our current charities for you, please take a moment to familiarise yourself with these great causes.


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The Highest Swim

2015: Last Challenge


This clip gives a glimpse of what could be expected when eight Madswimmers will attempt to set a world record on 5 December 2015.
They might need to cut open a lane of ice to swim the world’s highest lake at 6400 m above sea level on top of Mt Ojos del Salado in Chile.
No one has combined these extreme levels of altitude and cold before.
The Mt Ojos Swim aims to showcase the human spirit – to prove to the world what normal everyday people can do when they put their minds to helping others.

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Who is Madswimmer?

We believe in South Africa: This is our country, our home, and our love.
We believe that there is greatness written in our nation’s DNA, waiting to be unlocked, and that all that people have to do to unleash our potential is get involved.
We need to educate children and make sure they’re fed.
We need to keep them healthy and instil hope for their futures.
We need to take responsibility for where we are and refuse to leave it this way.
So how do we do this?
We swim.
We set off one stroke at a time to cross continents so that we can join the funds needed with the things that will make our country great.
Facing freezing waters, crocodiles, sharks and killer whales might mean that we’re mad… but you’d have to be even madder not to care.



With their daring swims Madswimmer raises funds for various children’s charities.

Caring Corporate?

If your company believes that Corporate Social Responsibility is more  than just a nice intention
you can support Madswimmer in various ways. Contact us at contact@madswimmer.com


We applaud our sponsors who helped us to raise in excess of $420 000 US for various children’s charities!

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