World's Longest and Most Dangerous Swims

A look at some of the most daring swims only for very brave people


The human body is possible of a lot more than most people think. It is not designed to survive 60 days of non-stop swimming, but it will withstand battling big waves and cold ocean water for 6-8 hours a day for weeks in a row, as several long-distance swimmers have proven.[slideshow:87441]

The longest swims are classified in several categories – with or without a shark cage, using a wetsuit or flippers or not, non-stop or taking breaks every few hours. All of them test people to their mental and physical limits with sharks, poisonous jellyfish, dolphins and storms along the way. 

Some of the brave people on the list proudly take on the challenge of defying what’s humanly possible to raise money for charity or environmental awareness. They train for years. Others attempt impromptu swims inspired by an iconic sports event such as the Olympic Games.

One of the longest and most dangerous swims ever is currently underway. Even though he said “never again” after swimming across the Atlantic Ocean, Ben Lecomte is now swimming across the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo, Japan to San Francisco. The plan is to complete the 5,500-mile trip in six months.

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