Oceans 7

by Bethfrench in Somerset, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 30th August 2016 we successfully raised £14,410 with 84 supporters in 56 days

A world first record setting swim, raising money for health charity, Action for ME and inspiring others to live life to the fullest.

by Bethfrench in Somerset, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

any money over the original target will go to much needed logistic funds to get us to the channels- from Japan to New Zealand, Ireland to Hawaii and will be split 50/50 with Action for ME and ocean conservation charities.


The challenge

The Oceans Seven list of channels is designed to test an endurance swimmer to their limits. Only 6 people to date have completed the list. I am going to take on the whole list in a single year, the swimming equivalent of mountaineering's seven summits. There is no wetsuit, no touching the boat, no getting out to rest and no shark cage – just me, and the elements. For an idea of what it's like, check out this Hawaiian Extreme sports TV segment on my 2012 swim across the Molokai channel


Channel 1 North Channel - Ireland to Scotland. W/c September 6th 2016 Distance approx 18miles, average temp 14'c. Challenges: Strong currents, cold temperatures, rough seas, jellyfish, strong tides and fickle weather.

Channel 2 Catalina Channel - California. October 12th 2016 Distance approx 21miles, 22'c dropping to 14'c for the last 3miles. Challenges: Strong currents, abundant shark life.

Channel 3 Molokai Channel (kaiwi) - Hawaii. Late November 2016 Distance approx 28miles, 24'c water. Challenges: Strong Pacific current and swells, abundant wildlife, energy sapping warm water.

Channel 4 Cook straits - New Zealand. March-April 2017 Distance approx 21miles, 16'c water. Challenges: Rough seas, strong winds, abundant wildlife.

Channel 5Straits of Gibraltar - Spain to Morocco.

Late May 2017

Distance approx 10miles, 16'c water. 10mile sprint challenge with 3knot current against Challenges: busy shipping lane, possible great whites.

Channel 6 Tsugaru Channel - Japan.

July 3rd 2017

Distance approx 18miles, 16'c water.

Challenges: Very strong currents, busy shipping lane strong winds, rough seas, abundant wildlife.

Channel 7 English Channel-England to France.

W/c 21st August 2017

Distance approx 22miles, 16'c water.

Challenges: Very strong tides, strong currents, cold water, very busy shipping lane.

Each of these swims is a major feat in itself. Some have only ever successfully been achieved by a small handful of swimmers. Attempting all seven in a single year will test the limit of what is currently believed physically possible in terms of endurance and recovery. This extraordinary challenge is set to be followed by award winning documentary makers for a cinematic release film showing what it takes to go beyond our limits and captures our unique relationship with the sea.


I’m truly excited to hear of Beth’s endeavour- her commitment, her passion, her relationship with the sea- it surely inspires the pioneering spirit in all of us.’ -Lewis Pugh, UN Patron of the Oceans and pioneering swimmer

‘Beth is leading the way in commitment and adventure, setting an example for us all, that we can all be pioneers with enough passion and drive.’ -Deb Criddle OBE Triple gold medal Paralympian


Thank you for taking the time to read this! 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

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A thank you for believing in my project!

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The secret recipe of my coconut 'fudge' with fool proof instructions and easy alternatives

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The secret to my malted coconut chocolate fudge brownie- seriously yummy pre swim fuel- or just seriously yummy!!

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Had written postcard featuring exclusive photo thanking you for your support

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Custom swim cap featuring the oceans 7 logo, based on Beth's own design.

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Custom designed Oceans 7 T-shirt featuring Beth's own design. Be proud to be part of the team!

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Beautiful bangle featuring the quote 'She believed she could, so she did'

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Guaranteed invite to the after party of the century! When I'm done and dusted, come and raise a glass..... Kick up your heels and have a ball.

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Get ahead of the game and book a pair of discounted tickets to the black tie, gala event of the century- to celebrate matching the current record for most oceans 7 channels in a single year. To be held in Somerset in Feb/March 2017

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The kit reward!Handwritten postcard featuring exclusive photo thanking you for your support, custom designed swim cap and T-shirt.

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Postcard bundle, based on photos from each of the swims. 7 in total- but a longer wait. Unique and ultimately priceless. All with the oceans 7 logo and blank or handwritten, your choice.

£250 or more

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£250 Reward

Get a 1-2-1 swim session with Beth, either pool coaching or sea swim! South West only. Swim through Durdle Door, or pick your favourite spot and enjoy. Water confidence training for open water newbies a speciality. Get your custom oceans 7 swim cap as a souvenir too! South west UK only

£300 or more

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£300 Reward

Get a group of up to 4 friends and have a distance swim, fully escorted along the Jurassic coast. Or a swim, walk experience. Social or more strenuous- you decide. Safety briefing, kayak support. Choice of venues and treks.

£500 or more

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£500 Reward

Corporate rewards. Get your company name featured on www.bethfrench.co.uk, mentioned across social media platforms and receive a thank you postcard. Be seen, be a part of this epic adventure.

£1,000 or more

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£1,000 Reward

Extreme corporate kit! Get your logo on the team shirts. Get seen over a year as part of this epic adventure. Get your logo in premium place on website and mentioned throughout the year.

£2,500 or more

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£2,500 Reward

Ultimate corporate package. Get your logo on team kit, premium space on website and thanks throughout the year on social media- and a personal presentation by Beth at your company event. Keynote speech at your Christmas do? Motivational talk for your team? Hear what it takes to go beyond the horizon.

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Night swim experience in the south west, U.K. Come and experienced the surreal when you slip into the inky black water. Safety briefing and night swim kit provided. A float under the stars... A real must try.

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£5,000 Reward

Come on board the Straits of Gibraltar swim- be part of the record setting swim that sees me break the current record, and enjoy a week in southern Spain to boot! A chance of a lifetime. Offer only to UK residents, I'm afraid. 2nd week in May 2017

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