André Wiersig Becomes First German To Complete Oceans Seven

Courtesy of André Wiersig, Strait of Gibraltar, Spain-Morocco.  Video and photos courtesy of Dennis Daletzki.

Oceans Seven has been achieved by 16 individuals in history:

• Stephen Redmond of Ireland
• Anna Carin Nordin of Sweden
• Michelle Macy of the U.S.A.
• Darren Miller of the U.S.A.
• Adam Walker of the UK
• Kimberley Chambers of New Zealand
• Antonio Argüelles of Mexico
• Ion Lazarenco Tiron of Moldavia and Ireland
• Rohan Dattatrey More of India
• Abhejali Bernardová of the Czech Republic
• Cameron Bellamy of South Africa
• Lynton Mortensen of Australia
• Thomas Pembroke of Australia
• Nora Toledano Cadena of Mexico
• Mariel Hawley Davila of Mexico
• André Wiersig of Germany

André Wiersig was the first German swimmer to achieve the Oceans Seven with his June 9th crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar in 4 hours 17 minutes

He recalls the final 14.4 km crossing between Spain and Morocco, “There were no presents from the ocean on Sunday, but there was strong currents in the second half of the crossing.  But I was super happy to touch the continent of Africa and to complete the Oceans Seven. All crossings were solo with my brother-in-law Jürgen Peters as my [constant] support.

The love for the open ocean, the privilege to swim offshore as a guest in this beautiful marine environment with all its beauty that was – and is still – my motivation.  The Oceans Seven took me 6 years to finish.  I had, or rather was allowed, to swim through every channel successfully in my first attempt, all solo.

I always swim with the ocean – never against it.  If I am asked today why I do that and voluntarily absorb these strains, then I can only answer: I have an unconditional love for the ocean and that is how love should be – without conditions.

More than ever, I feel connected to the ocean and I can say to myself: I am a man who can speak for the ocean and I have a lot to tell you all out there, because it can not and should not go on like that.

I would now like to use the recognition and attention to sensitize more people for the protection of our seas and to stimulate the behavior of each change. We need more consciousness and it is high time to rethink: not just to take, but to give.”

Wiersig’s Oceans Seven Journey: Copyright @ 2008 – 2019 by World Open Water Swimming Association