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Iron swimmer

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Iron Swimmer Nejib Belhedi of Tunisia swam from Kerkennah to Sfax in 2015 after his first crossing in 1991

noun - An Iron Swimmer is a marathon swimmer who completes an Iron Swim of at least 10 km in distance where the swimmer must pull a small boat carrying at least two passengers for the entire distance. The Iron Swim can also serve as a charity swim or a environmental swim. Under special circumstances if bad weather or rough sea conditions occur, the two passengers can be replaced with weights of equal weight for safety reasons. A rope is attached around the waist of the Iron Swimmer to the trailing boat.


Concept developed by Nejib Belhedi.


The Iron Swimmer reminds observers and spectators of the ancient Phoenicians who sailed across the Mediterranean Sea. The Iron Swimmer is thought to symbolize pulling rafts loaded by supplies to ships. The rope between the swimmer and the catamaran symbolize a link between generations in a harmonious society.

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Nejib Belhedi completed a series of Iron Swims including when he swam 18 km from Kerkennah Islands to Sfax in Tunisia, pulling an escort boat with two children in it. The world Iron Swim record is 21 km completed in 6 hours 30 minutes in the Gulf of Gabes on 31 July 2015. There are also Iron Swims in Djerba and 120 km across the American River in northern California from Sacramento to Benicia by Nejib Belhedi.

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