Welcome to FreedomSwim

FreedomSwim is a place to share stories about open water swimming and health.

The Challenges

On February 25th, 2019,  I successfully completed my first swim from Robben Island to the mainland in Cape Town, South Africa.  This was a meaningful milestone in my life.  As a result of the generous donations of many friends and supporters, I raised over $4,000 for the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) to find a cure for Psoriatic Arthritis and Psoriasis.

My new challenge for 2020 is to swim the approximately 13 miles (21 kilometers)  from my hometown, Cardiff-by-the- seas (Swami’s Beach), to La Jolla Cove. My goal is to raise money and awareness for Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego and NPF.  Prevent Drowning Foundation’s mission is to save lives by funding swim lessons for underserved youth and proving aquatic safe education for all.



Swim with Me




Interested in Swimming? Join me...

You are invited to come and swim with Hillel (or encourage him) as he prepares for his next swim challenge.
Everyone is welcome to watch and walk along the beach as we swim.  If you would like to swim with us, you should be able to swim in the pool for 60 minutes.  Open water swimmers are warm and welcoming.


Learn More about my fund raising for the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) and the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego.

National Psoriasis Foundation

Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego

Thank you to the following people for helping me raise funds for National Psoriasis Foundation and/or Prevent Drowning Foundation in 2020:

Zea K.
Emily C.
Kris B.
Lon B.
David and Mary Trujillo
Diane and Don R.
Mark O.


Get Involved

Share your open water swimming stories.

Read the latest swim adventures over on the blog. I’ll be posting about my training and crazy swims. 

I’ll also be posting about my progress in fundraising for NPF. 

 FreedomSwim swim Caps are HERE!

Pier to cove