United Nations Ocean Advocate, Regarded as the World’s Leading Inspirational Speaker

Achieving the Impossible

Lewis Pugh is the only person to have completed a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world. Over a period of 30 years he has pioneered swims in the most challenging environments on earth including the Antarctic, the North Pole and the Himalayas and developed an understanding of the beauty and fragility of life and its many ecosystems.

In 2007 he undertook the first long-distance swim across the North Pole to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice. He followed this up with a swim across a glacial lake on Mt Everest to draw attention to the melting glaciers in the Himalayas. Most recently he became the first person to swim the 530km length of the English Channel. Pugh’s driving purpose is to protect our oceans. In 2016 he played a pivotal role in creating the largest marine reserve in the world in the Ross Sea off Antarctica. 

Over 7 million people have viewed his TED talks, and countless others have followed him on BBC, Good Morning America, CNN, National Geographic, Sky News, Al Jazeera and more. His autobiography “Achieving the Impossible” is a Bestseller and was chosen for Oprah’s Exclusive Book List.


Lewis has received several awards including France and South Africa’s highest honours, as well as the Freedom of the City of London. In 2010, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader and in 2013 the United Nations Environment Programme appointed him “Patron of the Oceans.”

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