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.

Since inception Madswimmer has raised in excess of $300 000 for 11 children’s charities. One of the Madswimmers, Hardi Wilkins, commented after a challenging swim, “we did it and it was no small feat! Facing radical weather, training and fund raising, it is all worth it in the end.”


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Past Challenges

There are six possible one-day, open water swims between the World’s continents. Madswimmer completed the 6th and final stage swim between the world’s continents in 2014. Since the completion of this challenge Madswimmer’s focus has now moved to any daring open water swims.

We invite you to read about the highs and lows of all swims, including logistical and environmental challenges. We have also included some great imagery taken during each event.


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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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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.

Last Big Event of the Year


With the completion of swimming from the Big Diomede Island (Russia) to the Little Diomede Island (US), Madswimmer had the privilege to set records 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



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 $300, 000 US for various children’s charities!

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