Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
Two marathon swimmers, Rob Hutchings and Todd Cameron, have set their sights on swimming the full length of the Great Barrier Reef a distance of 2300km in late 2010.

'I have always dreamed of doing an extreme expedition like climbing Everest, but I’m not a mountain climber. Swimming is my passion and the Great Barrier Reef is my Everest ’ says Rob.

Swimming in tandem with a support team of kayakers, sailing and semi rigid boats it is anticipated that the Swim will take between 3-4 months.

‘Based on current training we anticipate to swim between 20-30km per day’ says Todd, who has recently travelled from Toronto, Canada to train with Rob in Adelaide.

Swimming off the coast of Adelaide they have had the opportunity to test out their sponsored Shark Shields Freedom 7 units.

The Great Barrier Reef Swim will be a feat of human persistence and commitment; not only as a physical challenge, but also in sending the message of ocean conservation. The Great Barrier Reef is the canary in the coal mine for the world’s oceans and the Swim will highlight what we face to lose if necessary action is not taken immediately to reverse the effects of climate change. The Swim will present the true facts and nature of sharks and the need for their protection.

A promotional 12km swim from Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island to Hamilton Island, Queensland is set for the 20th of February to campaign for this epic expedition later in 2010 and will be proceeded by a fundrasing dinner on Friday the 19th at the Coral Sea Resort.

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Great Barrier Reef Swim Inc.

The Great Barrier Reef Swim will launch its website before the February swim and has already gained considerable interest with a rapidly growing Facebook group, Great Barrier Reef Swim. Significant sponsors and partners of the Great Barrier Reef Swim include Orca, Shark Shield, Oceanic Defence and Walks for Awareness. The expedition team is currently in the process of recruiting additional sponsors.
Tansy Boggon
P: 08 8339 3553
M: 0427 608 843

Oceanic Defense

Oceanic Defense is a worldwide nonprofit organization with membership in over 60 countries, spanning 6 continents with 1 mission: Healthy aquatic ecosystems free from human abuse and neglect.
Jeff Shaw
P: 949-335-2260


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