Mayra Santos is (born 12 June 1979 in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil) is an open water swimmer and former competitive swimmer from Santa Cruz, Madeira Island, Portugal. She is a swim guide for Swim Together in Portugal.
Open Water Swimming Highlights
- In October 2015 she completed a 1.5 km open water race.
- In 2016, she completed a 18 km crossing in the Canary Islands. No Portuguese swimmer had yet accomplished this same swim.
- On 4 September 2019, she completed a 42 km crossing between Porto Santo to Ponta de São Lourenço on Madeira Island in 12 hours 7 minutes 20 seconds at the age of 40, the first woman to do so. Her support crew included her husband João Duarte, Dr. Rubina Lara, photographer Pedro Vasconcelos, boat captain Adelino Ferreira, Lieutenant Director Paulo Falé, FINA official Dalila Lira, ANM Madeira Swimming Association representative Humberto Goncalves, and nurse Orlando Fernandes.
- On 6 November 2020, she set a world record for the Longest Continuous Swim in a Counter Current Pool in Caniço on Madeira Island in Portugal from 10:00 am on 5 November 2020 to 17:07 pm on 6 November 2020 in 31 hours 7 minutes.
- She swam 45 km along the River Zêzere between Foz de Alge in the municipality of Figueiró dos Vinhos and River Beach in Aldeia do Mato in the municipality of Abrantes on 20 June 2021 in Portugal. She was the first woman to accomplish this feat.
Longest Continuous Swim in a Counter Current Pool
- Mayra Santos Swims Down River Zêzere
- 16 Hours And More In An Endless Pool, Dave Tonge To Attempt A Record
- Watch Mayra Santos Do Longest Continuous Swim In A Counter Current Pool
- Mayra Santos Sets Longest Continuous Swim In A Counter Current Pool Record
- Mayra Santos Completes 42 km Madeira Islands Ultra Swim
- Associação de Natação da Madeira
- Open Water Swimming
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Swim Together