Lewis Pugh

  • Ocean Advocate and Pioneer Swimmer

Lewis Pugh is one of the world’s leading inspirational and leadership speakers and an authority on how to achieve the “impossible.” He was the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. He was the first to undertake a swim across the icy waters of the North Pole and the first to swim across a glacial lake on Mt Everest. In a career spanning 27 years, the maritime lawyer has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history.

Lewis is a vivid storyteller. His ability to make his story matter has made him one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He talks about the methods he uses to undertake swims, which were deemed “impossible” — choosing the right team, meticulous preparation, the right mind-set, never quitting, and changing when circumstances dictate. Most of all, he talks about having a driving purpose, which for him is to protect our oceans. 

 
  

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Achieving Your Impossible: No Challenge Too Great

In a career spanning 27 years, ocean advocate Lewis Pugh has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history, including the first swim across the icy waters of the North Pole, and across a glacial lake on Mt Everest—all in just a Speedo swimsuit. Many of his expe ...

In a career spanning 27 years, ocean advocate Lewis Pugh has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history, including the first swim across the icy waters of the North Pole, and across a glacial lake on Mt Everest  all in just a Speedo swimsuit. Many of his expeditions were in conditions deemed "impossible". Widely regarded as one of the world’s most inspiring speakers, Lewis shares his insights on the mindset, preparation, teamwork, and leadership skills necessary for any major undertaking and how they can be applied in your organization. The most crucial success factor, he says, is to have a driving purpose, which for him is to protect our planet's threatened oceans.

Please Note: Lewis Pugh tailors his presentations to suit a multitude of different businesses and issues, from organizational change to the challenges of leading diverse teams in a fast-paced, competitive environment. 

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Lewis Pugh is one of the world’s leading inspirational and leadership speakers and an authority on how to achieve the “impossible.” He was the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. He was the first to undertake a swim across the icy waters of the North Pole and the first to swim across a glacial lake on Mt Everest. In a career spanning 27 years, the maritime lawyer has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history.

Lewis is a vivid storyteller. His ability to make his story matter has made him one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He talks about the methods he uses to undertake swims, which were deemed “impossible”  choosing the right team, meticulous preparation, the right mind-set, never quitting, and changing when circumstances dictate. Most of all, he talks about having a driving purpose, which for him is to protect our oceans.

Lewis has received numerous awards. In 2010, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader. In 2013, the United Nations appointed him “Patron of the Oceans.” In the same year, he was also inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. His book Achieving the Impossible is an international bestseller.