SPEAKERS

Environmental Advocate, Redondo Beach 2028 Olympic Mobilizer, Avid Surfer

Paralympic National Champion, Aquapreneur, Educator & Philanthropist

Scientist & Environmental leader, Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from UCLA

Paul Asmuth

TOP MARATHON SWIMMER

Asmuth is one of the most successful marathon swimmers in history. In the sapphire seas off Italy, in the frigid lakes of Quebec, in the marshy back bays of New Jersey, in the questionable waters ringing Manhattan, swimming distances from twenty to forty miles, Asmuth emerged victorious, often to thunderous acclaim. After multiple victories at the 26-mile swim across Quebec’s Lac Memphremagog, up to 20,000 spectators would cheer and call him “le roi” (the king) of their lake.

Melissa Blaustein

TOP MARATHON SWIMMER

In September of 2017, Melissa Blaustein set a world record for the fastest crossing of the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Washington to Canada, swimming in water temperatures as low as 48 degrees Fahrenheit. In June of 2018, she was pulled from the water two miles from France after her first English Channel Attempt, only to remain “In Dover till it was Over” and successfully swimming the Channel just two weeks later. She has also completed the Amy Hiland Swim from Bremmerton to Alki Beach, Seattle and the Twenty Bridges Marathon Swim around Manhattan Island. Remarkably, Melissa only recently began swimming in 2016, having never been formally coached or participating in any swim teams. Because of her own experience, she is a firm believer that anyone can be a marathon swimmer if they put their mind to it – regardless of age or experience level.

Craig Dietz

THE MAN

Craig Dietz is a dynamic TEDx speaker who inspires and motivates audiences with his extraordinary life story of resiliency and determination. Despite being born without limbs, Craig is continuously seeking out new opportunities to challenge himself. He is currently a licensed attorney and in his spare time enjoys bowling, skiing, playing volleyball, hunting, fishing, jamming on his drums or tooling around the country in his van. Craig’s swimming accomplishments include the 4.4-mile Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, the Midmar Mile swim in South Africa and the 1.5-mile “escape” from Alcatraz swim. Craig currently resides in Harrisburg, PA, with his wife, Christy, and their dog, Rocco.

SPEAKER TOPICS

STATE OF OUR SPORT

  • Why open water is the next great adventure sport
  • How the 10k became an Olympic event
  • How to go from beginner to channel swimmer
  • The real heatlh benefits of cold water swimming
  • How to survive your first ice swim

TOOLS FOR SUCCESS

  • What makes a great support team
  • Customizing your strength training
  • What to do when stung by a jelly fish
  • The art and science of drafting
  • Choosing the right wetsuit

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