Andy Olday was part of the Shark Team of Diana Nyad’s fourth attempt to cross the 103-mile distance between Cuba and Florida. Olday worked with brothers Nico Gazzale and Matteo Gazzale, and Luke Tipple, a quartet of personal bodyguards (against sharks) for Nyad in the Florida Straits.
Olday also helped guide Chloë McCardel to an unprecedented 124.4 km (77.3 mile), 41 hour 21 minute marathon swim from Lighthouse Beach on the southern tip of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas to Nassau between 20-22 October 2014 that was completed under Marathon Swimmers Federation rules. Her swim was reason for McCardel to be nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year.
Chloë McCardel Support Crew
Her support crew included:
- escort pilots Ron Knight and Malcolm Goodman
- crew members Paul McQueeney and Ken Dixon
- shark safety crew of Andy Olday, Mackey Violich, Candice Brittain, Alp Gökgöz, and Beth McKenna
- kayakers Niles Furlong, Patrick Lamontagne, Liz Shingsby, Patty Lee, Allison Baldwin, and EMT Jai Leal
- Marathon Swimmers Federation observers David Barra and Brianne Yeates.
- Marathon Swimmers Federation Observer's Report
- Chloë McCardel Set To Make Record Attempt In Bahamas
- Whose Record Will Chloë McCardel Break?
- The Inherent Danger Of It All
- Chloë Cleared, Coaching To Continue
- 2014 World Open Water Swimming Woman Of The Year Nominees
- Diana Nyad's Divers, Armed With Courage And A Golf Ball
- Open Water Swimming
- Daily News of Open Water Swimming
- Emergency Plans on Diana Nyad's Cuba Swim