Welcome to FreedomSwim

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

My Story

I was born and raised in Sea Point, a suburb of Cape Town located near Table Mountain and Lions Head. These two iconic mountains are like sentinels overlooking Table Bay and Robben Island located about 6 miles offshore. 

During the apartheid years in South Africa, few people talked or knew what was happening on Robben Island.  

In 1990, after 27 years, Nelson Mandela (who spent 18 of those years on Robben Island) was released from prison. He went on to become the President of the new South Africa.

As a high schooler in 1978, I was selected as a Rotary exchange student and moved to the United States at the age of  18.  Forty years after leaving South Africa and making my life in the United States, I  plan to return to Cape Town. In early in 2019, I will take on the challenge of swimming from Robben Island to the mainland.

Team NPF

I have set a big hairy audacious goal to swim from Robben Island of the coast of Cape Town, South Africa to the mainland.

In addition, I’m swimming for another purpose. I’ve teamed up with NPF to raising funds for National Psoriasis Foundation.

The National Psoriasis Foundation provides help those that have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis to best manage their symptoms, while promoting research to find a cure.

Why am I doing this?

Here’s why I’ve decided to take on this challenge

Inspired by Nelson Mandela and the idea of freedom.

Motivated by a personal challenge that this swim represents.

Determined to educate people about psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis, an autoimmune disease I’ve had for most of my life.

You can follow my progress. Please consider making a donation. Thank you. 

The Blog

Join me over at the blog and read about my open water swimming adventures. Feel free to share your open water swimming stories.