John Doolittle is an American competitive swimmer, masters swimmer, channel swimmer, and a retired Navy SEAL Captain. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy (1988 – 1992) and 25-year military veteran, he is a certified KAATSU Master Specialist who currently serves as the Chief Revenue Officer of KAATSU Global.
Doolittle was originally inspired by one of his early swim coaches, Mike Troy, an ex-Navy SEAL and 1960 Olympic gold medallist in two swimming events.
Open Water Swimming Career Highlights
- He has completed the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim several times, both bioprene and neoprene.
- He completed a 12 hour 24 minute crossing of the English Channel in September 2004. He crossed in memory of Petty Officer Neil Roberts who was killed during combat in Afghanistan. The charity swim benefitted the Naval Special Warfare Foundation which supports the family members of Special Warfare personnel killed.
Captain John Doolittle, USN Ret. is from Walnut Creek, California. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1992 and has a Master’s Degree in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2005. After graduation from the Air Force Academy, he received a cross commission and served as a hard-hat Dive Salvage Officer and Surface Warfare Officer with the U.S. Navy from three years in Hawaii. In 1996, he transferred to the Naval Special Warfare community and became a Navy SEAL.
From 1997 to 2002, Captain Doolittle was assigned to Navy SEAL Team Two and served throughout Europe and Africa including a deployment in Kosovo during the 9/11 tragedy. In 2002, he reported to Naval Special Warfare Unit Two in Germany and conducted special operations in the Baltics, Levant, Bosnia and East Africa. In 2005, he was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Unit One in Guam as an Executive Officer. In 2006, he was sent to Fallujah, Iraq in support of Special Operations Task Force West.
In 2007, he served in the U.S. Special Operations Command headquarters and was the Deputy Commander for Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force for the Arabian Peninsula in Iraq. In 2009, he commanded the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan. In 2013, he became a director for the Preservation of the Force and Family Task Force in Florida.
He has received a Bronze Star twice, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal twice.
Naked Warrior Award
Doolittle is the namesake of the CAPT John Doolittle Spirit of the “Naked Warrior” Award given at the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim.
2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination
Charity swims attract all kinds of open water swimmers, from passionate environmentalists and those who remember the namesake of the event to local athletes and those who are simply drawn to the cause. The Tampa Bay Frogman Swim is supported by a wide spectrum of athletes, working exceptionally hard to honor and support the event's beneficiary: the Navy SEAL Foundation. The 5 km swim in Tampa Bay, Florida is the world's highest grossing charity swim per swimmer that raised over $725,000 in its 2019 event with only 164 swimmers. Because 100% of the proceeds support wounded and fallen Navy SEALs and their families, the success of this event is off the charts. Its start is solemn with a dignified military ceremony that is reflective and dramatic. The swim is not easy with swirling currents and low water temperatures, symbolic of the challenges that Navy SEALs face. Its finish is festive and celebratory. For the all-volunteer professional organization of the event by retired military officers, for the safe production of a challenging swim that has since expanded throughout the United States, for the selfless and extraordinarily generous support of military personnel and their families, the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim in Florida is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.
- John Doolittle, Swimming For Others
- 752,000 Reasons To Be Thankful In Tampa Bay
- Sean Doolittle Wins 9th Annual Tampa Bay Frogman Swim
- Like Father, Like Son: John And Ryan Doolittle
- Frog Grog Pilsner Honors Terry Tomalin
- Over 650,000 Reasons To Swim 5 km
- From Coast To Coast, The Frogman Swim Series
- Kill The Quit With John Doolittle & Mark Zinno
- The Life And Legacy Of Mike Troy
- Swimming For A Fallen SEAL
- With Minutes To Spare
- Life Is About Extremes For The Tampa Bay Frogman Swim
- Doolittle's Do Much
- Tampa Bay Frogman Swim
- Tampa Bay Frogman Swim raises funds, awareness of fallen SEALs
- Open Water Swimming
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- KAATSU Global, Inc.
- John Doolittle Joins The KAATSU Team
- JOHN DOOLITTLE: NAVY SEAL THAT SWAM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL IN HONOR OF FALLEN SEAL
- No. 007 John Doolittle: Navy SEAL veteran - Swam Across the English Channel - Air Force Academy Graduate
- PODCAST EP. 007 - JOHN DOOLITTLE
- Navy SEAL John Doolittle Talks On The Kill The Quit Podcast