Goals of Eco Swims
- aims to protect, conserve or call attention to the environment or ecology,
- improve or protect the welfare of marine life or the local or indigenous area,
- incorporates education of the natural environment or ecology,
- is conducted in an ecologically-sustainable or environmentally-friendly manner,
- is held in areas that are under environmental protection or that protect marine life,
- aims to create or enhance environmental or ecological awareness,
- raises money or provides direct financial benefits for conservation, marine life or environmental protection, research and/or education,
- builds awareness or provides education of a local community or culture,
- lobbies local governments or officials for access to, protection of or a clean-up of a waterway, or
- minimizes the impact of mankind on the environment
His eco swim in the North Pole helped draw attention to climate change.
Eco-Swimming involves recreational swimming or snorkeling in open bodies of water, taking the opportunity to collect rubbish from the seabed along the route. This mode of non-competitive swimming is usually done in shallow water along the coastline. Due to the physical and logistical limitations of open water swimmers (without self-contained breathing apparatus and with just a watertight buoy to carry what you find), it isn’t always possible for swimmers to pick up all the rubbish they find during a sea swim.
Lake Superior Relay
The 23.5-hour Lake Superior Relay was a 48-mile eco-swimming relay across Lake Superior from near Split Rock Lighthouse to Duluth, Minnesota on 30 August 2023 to raise awareness of the impact of climate change on Lake Superior. Members included Karen Zemlin (55), Craig Collins (64), Casey McGrath (51), Seth Baetzold (28), Mike Miller, and Jeff Everett.
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- Getting Muddy In The Open Water
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- World Open Water Swimming Association
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