Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Pod Of Dolphins Surround Swimmer, When He Looks Down He Sees Why.

He Hit A Snag

He Hit A Snag

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Adam started to suffer from severe hypothermia 45 minutes into his swim. After all, the water’s temperature was at 9°C. He left the water and got medical help. When he recovered, he used his failed experiences to perfect his swimming technique. But he waited until the water temperature got warmer to train his body to adapt to the temperature. In 2008, he managed to finish the swim. But Adam still had plenty of swimming ambitions.

Up For The Next Challenge

Up For The Next Challenge

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Adam decided to try the Strait of Gibraltar next. These Mediterranean waters weren’t as chilly and the distance wasn’t as long as his previous challenge, so he knew this challenge was doable. But he still wanted to challenge himself, so he swam both ways. After his challenge was complete, he was known as the first British person to swim in both directions. So, what would be Adam’s next challenge? Turns out he had five more challenges planned.

Only Give More

Only Give More

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That year, the Oceans Seven Challenge was created, which was similar to the Seven Summits Mountaineering Challenge. But this challenge involved seven swims in the open water channel in various parts of the world. Among them was the North Channel, The Molokai Channel, the Cook Strait, the Catalina Channel, the Gibraltar Straight and the Tsugaru Strait. Adam had already done two of these channels, so he only had to complete five more.

The Great Divide

The Great Divide

Steve and Pam Wise

Adam had swum the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Strait, and the Molokai Channel by 2014, and he was about to finish the Cook Straight, which divided North and South New Zealand. This was a 22-kilometer stretch of waters that were both unpredictable and dangerous, but Adam was willing to do this. He tackled the challenge on April 21st, knowing it would take at least 8 hours to complete. But something shocking happened during the third hour.

He Was Surrounded

He Was Surrounded

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Adam was minding his own business in the water when he noticed a fin pop up very near him. Then several shadows approached him. His heart raced because he knew the dangers that lurked in the waters. Then he saw something amazing. He was surrounded by a bunch of dolphins. So, he kept on swimming, but could barely contain the excitement of the experience. But the dolphins kept up the pace with him and he wasn’t sure why.

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