Swim for Nsumbu is an open water swimming event on Lake Tanganyika created to bring attention to the challenges facing Lake Tanganyika caused by overfishing, climate change, poaching and general environmental degradation.
The November 2014 swim was a collaboration between Madswimmer and CLT (Conservation Lake Tanganyika). The decision was made to attempt the first ever trans Tanganyika open water swim, swimming in one day across lake Tanganyika from Tanzania in the east to Zambia in the west. The focus was to raise awareness and funds for CLTs work in and around Nsumbu National Park.
The total distance covered by swimmers was 38.5 kms. Madswimmer Jean Craven was the only one to complete the entire distance nonstop! The total swimming time was 12 hours. Madswimmer relay swimmers were: Megan Harrington-Johnson, Michiel le Roux, Milton Brest, Gary Isbister, Jessica Comana, Elaine Sinden, Linda Main, Robert Dunford, Shaun Davy, Marcel du Toit and Marius de la Rey.
With their successful completion of swimming from the Big Diomede Island (Russia) to the Little Diomede Island (US), Madswimmer had the privilege to set numerous 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.