Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Ned Denison confirmed the addition of one prison island swim to the Triple Break.

The Triple Break or the Triple Crown of Prison Island Swims is a solo challenge where swimmers must complete at least 3 of the world’s most well-known prison island swims: Le Château d’If, Fort Boyard, Devil’s Island, Île de Gorée, Robben Island, Alcatraz Island, Spike Island, Rottnest Island, Sainte-Marguerite, and Changuu.

Denison recently added prison island swim #11 to the list: Changuu in Tanzania.

Triple Break Sites

1. Le Château d’If (France) was a fortress and prison located on the island of If in the Mediterranean Sea in southeastern France
2. Fort Boyard (France) was an oval-shaped fort and military prison located between the Île-d’Aix and the Île d’Oléron in the Pertuis d’Antioche on the west coast of France
3. Devil’s Island (French Guiana) was a well-known location of the French penal system and a leper colony 14 km (9 miles) off the coast of French Guiana in South America
4. Île de Gorée (Senegal) was the location of the House of Slaves located off the coast of Senegal
5. Robben Island (South Africa) was the isolated prison home of Nelson Mandella and other South Africans 7.5 kilometers off the coast of Cape Town
6. Alcatraz Island (U.S.A.) was the isolated prison home of Al Capone and other celebrated American criminals 1.5 miles from Aquatic Park in San Francisco Bay in California, U.S.A.
7. Spike Island Inis Píc (Ireland) was an isolated prison home of infamous immates 2 kilometers off the coast in Cobh Harbour, Ireland
8. Rottnest Island (Australia) was used as an Aboriginal prison between 1838 and 1931 for men and boys and the finish of a 19.7 km Rottnest Channel Swim west of Perth, Western Australia
9. Fort Royal de Sainte-Marguerite (France) is 1 km opposite Cannes in the Mediterranean Sea which was used as a military prison and where the famous Man in the iron mask was held captive
10. Île du Levant (France) was a penitentiary for children on the Mediterranean French island off the coast of the Riviera, near Toulon, 12 km to Hyéres on a 24 km dog leg
11. Changuu (Tanzania) was used in the 1860s as a prison for rebellious slaves 34 km to the mainland and 4.5 km to Zanzibar

These sites, formerly prisons, are now 21st century sites known in the swimming community for challenging open water swims with tricky currents and marine life rather than for its notorious penal history. Convicts of the past have given way to contemporary open water swimmers and wetsuit-clad triathletes.

French swimmer Jacques Tuset has completed more prison island swims than anyone in history. Of course, he escapes and swims with the full knowledge of the local authorities. Aided by only with his swimsuit, cap and goggles, Tuset has completed solo swims from Alcatraz Island, Le Château d’If, Fort Boyard, Rottnest Island, Robben Island, Spike Island, Île de Gorée and, most recently, Île du Levant in his native France.

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