The Pursuit Of Life With Thomas Pembroke

Courtesy of WOWSA, Tsugaru Channel, Japan.

Thomas Pembroke, a teacher at St Pius X College in his native Australia, became the 13th – and youngest – person in history to complete the Oceans Seven. He explains his background and aquatic pursuit in a wide-ranging interview on episode 14 of the Pursuit of Life Podcast with David Hazlewood, listen here.

The personable 29-year-old Sydney resident and teacher did the following en route to his Oceans Seven achievement:

* July 2013: he completed a 33.8 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France to 14 hours 59 minutes

* September 2015: he completed a 35 km crossing of the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 12 hours 10 minutes as a fundraiser to benefit disabled children in Papua New Guinea

* June 2016: he completed a 45 km crossing of the Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu in Hawaii in 15 hours 27 minutes which he swam to benefit Kiss Goodbye to MS

* June 2016: he completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 12 hours 2 minutes with dolphins swimming around him

* June 2017: he completed a 33.8 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 15 hours 19 minutes

* October 2017: he attempted a crossing of the Tsugaru Channel in northern Japan, starting on Honshu, but he was pulled after 11 hours 12 minutes before reaching his goal in Hokkaido

* May 2018: he completed a 14.4 km tandem crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar from Tarifa Island in Spain to Perejil Island in Morocco in 4 hours 18 minutes together with Marty Filipowski, Mark Mallison, and Victor Pineiro

* August 2018: he completed a 19.5 km crossing of the Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido in northern Japan in 15 hours 1 minute

* December 2018: he completed a 23 km crossing of the Cook Strait from North Island to South Island in New Zealand in 6 hours 57 minutes to complete the Oceans Seven

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