Swimming the Continents

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Swimming the Continents is a book by Claire Daniel about the exploits, approach and lifestyle of James Pittar who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in 2009.

The swimmer from Sydney, Australia become the first blind swimmer to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. He is also one of the leading swimmers in the Ocean's Seven challenge. He swims on behalf of the Fred Hollows Foundation and works for the Rainbow Club Foundation which teaches disabled kids how to swim.


Pittar suffers from a genetic disorder called Retinitis Pigmentosa, which causes a degeneration of the retina. This disease was diagnosed when he was 16 after he suffered from rapidly decreasing vision. He was legally blind by 21 and completely blind by his early 30s.

Swimming Career

Pittar has successfully swum the English Channel, Catalina Channel and Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.

He also completed 21K swim in Phuket, Thailand, an 11K swim in Anzac Cove, Turkey, a 25K swim in the Vaal River in South Africa, a 60K swim down the Parana River in Argentina, a swim across the Cook Strait in New Zealand, a 19K swim across the Rottnest Channel in Australia and a successful two-way crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar.


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