Dan O’Shea

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Dan O'Shea is one of the co-founders of the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim, a charity 5 km open water swim in Tampa Bay, Florida organized by Kurt Ott and Rory O'Connor to help raise funds for severely injured active duty Navy SEALs. The swim is supported by the Navy SEAL Foundation.

O'Shea is the founder and president of Daniel Risk Mitigation, a security risk consultancy in Tampa, Florida, that provides risk-mitigation strategies and services for clients operating in irregular and challenging environments. An asymmetric warfare specialist with extensive overseas and combat experience, O'Shea is also a fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, a nongovernmental organization committed to solving the security problems of today and defense issues of tomorrow.

O'Shea is a 1991 graduate of the Unites States Naval Academy, a qualified Navy SEAL officer and a commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He voluntarily returned to active duty following the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and served with the U.S. Central Command as a senior special operations adviser and planner during "Operation Enduring Freedom" and "Operation Iraqi Freedom."

Tampa Bay Frogman Swim History

On 3 January 2010 with less than 3 weeks notice, over 100 people gathered at Gandy Beach to swim and support raising over US$30,000 for a severely injured active duty Navy SEAL. The swim has been formally named the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim and is supported by the Navy SEAL Foundation.


Kurt Ott – Race Director
Rory O'Connor (SEAL) - Director of Development
Terry Tomalin (St Petersburg Times) – Co-founder
CDR Dan O’Shea, USNR (SEAL) – Co-founder

Navy SEAL Foundation

The Navy SEAL Foundation supports wounded and fallen Navy SEALs and their families. 100% of proceeds from the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim are donated to the Navy SEAL Foundation.


The Tampa Bay Frogman Swim strives to build national awareness of the Naval Special Warfare community and support the Navy SEAL Foundation whose mission is to provide immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. The swim presents a challenging endeavor to provide a small reminder of the hardships endured by our elite and silent warriors while encouraging others to support and donate to the cause.

Come swim with the Navy SEALs and help us “never leave a man behind”


5 kilometers or 3.1 miles


Venue Ocean


City St. Petersburg

State Florida

Country USA

Region Americas


Name Kurt Ott and Rory O'Connor

E-mail Kurt Ott


Website Official Website

Event Information

Event Date 15 January 2017


Wetsuit Yes

Charity Yes

Relay No

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