Pablo has 3 Guinness World Records and +10 swimming world records.

5km California
100km Miami
Golfo de Fonseca
25h Swim Challenge
Estrecho de Gibraltar
Río Congo

Pablo's challenges


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Jupiter, Florida, USA. July 30, 2019. At 07:00 am Pablo Fernández began this charity swim of 100 kilometers near Florida's coast to raise awareness about the environmental impact in our Oceans. 

Pablo was closely followed by a boat with officers from the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) on board who validated the world record and two kayaks to deliver drinks and food from time to time. Following WOWSA's rules, after starting Pablo did not leave the water until the end of the challenge, at approximately 7:30 p.m. WOWSA's President Steven Munatones named the challenge the "Swim of the Century". Pablo swam 100 kilometers in 12 hours, 21 minutes and 14 seconds, setting a Guinness World Record for the Fastest 100km swim in open water. His achievement proves the harmlessness of sharks by swimming in one of the areas known as "the are with most shark attacks of the world" without any protection.



  • Nadar sin protección con tiburones en Sudáfrica. (2019 - Durban)

  • Nominación al "Performance of the Year Award 2019" de la WOWSA. 

  • Reto de natación de 25 horas para recaudar fondos en beneficio de la Cruz Roja Española en la lucha contra el COVID-19. (2020 -  Madrid, España)



25 hours Swim Challenge

This was a charity swim challenge to raise funds for the Red Cross to fight against the COVID-19 

Just three weeks after his recovery from COVID-19, Pablo swam for 25 consecutive hours in a counter current pool, at Clicars´Headquarters in Madrid. The challenge started on Wednesday, May 06, 2020 at 9:00 am (CEST), ended on Thursday, May 07, 2020 at 10:05 am (CEST) and this achievement was the third Guinness Record for the Spaniard who exceeded the 24 hour and 01 minute mark established by Yuko Matsuzaki in 2019.

The challenge was broadcasted live on YouTube and Instagram and Pablo raised more than €15,000 that was donated to the Spanish Red Cross to fight the economic effects of the pandemic in Spain.




Redondo Beach, California, USA. October 04, 2019. Pablo Fernández launches into the water equipped only with a swimsuit and shackles on his feet. Starting at 07:30 am local time, Pablo begins the challenge with only one goal in mind: to raise awareness of the millions of marine animals that die each year from the 400 billion tons of plastic in the oceans. Pablo starts with a good rhythm and after swimming for 01 hour and 58 minutes in cold waters, crossing beaches with reckless currents and cliffs, he finishes the challenge of swimming 5 kilometers with shackles on his feet.


Pablo received the Guiness Award by a representative of the Guinness World Records, who acted as the official observer of the swim, and Pablo became the only swimmer in the world to obtain 2 Guinness Records in 2019.



Swim freely/without protection with sharks in South Africa

Durban, South Africa. May, 2019. Sailing from the city of Durban in a small tourist boat Pablo was taken more than 10 kilometers offshore in order to test the true nature of sharks and their behavior. Upon arrival, the team launches bait into the sea to attract sharks and once they start to arrive, Pablo jumps into the water wearing just his swimming trunks and without any kind of protection. He is quickly surrounded by them but together they swim for almost an hour in the calm of the sea.


With this challenge, Pablo proved that the real threats are not the sharks, but the overfishing, pollution of the seas and ultimately human behaviour that is having a huge toll on our planet.



First person to swim across

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. May 2019.

Pablo Fernández swim crosses Ha Long Bay, becoming the first person in the world to have achieved this feat.



First person to swim from 

Nicaragua to El Salvador

Fonseca's Gulf, Nicaragua - El Salvador. January 25, 2019. After months of planning and contacting the local swimming federations, Pablo jumps into the waters of the Gulf of Fonseca, the oldest shark sanctuary in the world, to cross the distance that separates Nicaragua from El Salvador.


The challenge began in the early hours of the morning when, together with his team led by local fishermen, Pablo left the beach of Cedeño, Honduras to Nicaragua where he would officially start the swim. The first two hours were very fast and he advanced quite well but then, the complicated currents of the gulf pushed him towards the ocean, making him deviate from his course. Finally, after 06 hours, 20 minutes and 25 kilometers, Pablo reached the coasts of the Salvadoran island of Meanguera del Golfo, thus achieving the challenge.


This challenge was for the benefit of the Eagles & Sun school, a school for children with special needs in Tegucigalpa, to which Pablo donated €5,000, and for a local fishermen school that was flooded by the sea as a result of the rise in the level of the waters due to global warming to which he donated €2,500 to buy the land for a new school. 

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First person to swim across the

mouth of the Congo River

Soyo, Angola. April 19, 2019. At 12:15 local time, Pablo begins the challenge of swimming across the mouth of the Congo River, known for being the strongest, deepest and most dangerous river in the world with strong currents and unpredictable crocodiles and hippos.


Accompanied by boat with a bunch of locals, the first few hours passed with relative calm until a group of local pirates tried to assault them but they were driven away by a local police escort boat from Angolan Police service. Subsequently and unexpectedly, the force of the current pushes Pablo into the Atlantic Ocean, causing him to deviate. After fighting against the current for 6 hours and 25 kilometers, Pablo arrives in the city of Moanda, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he is received by the incredulous eyes of locals who considered Congo as impossible to cross and the "River of Spirits".


This was a charitable challenge in which Pablo donated €5,000 to local schools located at the mouth of the Congo River.



First person to join Senegal and Gambia swimming

Djinak Beach, Senegal. December 30, 2017. Pablo Fernández jumps into the dangerous waters of the Gambia River, known for its unpredictable crocodiles and hippos in what was a solidary challenge to donate money for scholarships for children from local schools.

Accompanied by a boat of local fishermen and representatives of the Gambia Swimming Federation, Pablo started the challenge at 07:22 (local time) and after fighting the strong currents and swimming 26 kilometers, Pablo managed to reach the beaches of Banjul, Gambia. The challenge lasted 09 hours and 56 minutes.

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