Swim Miami to Ft Lauderdale

Has anyone thought of swimming from Miami to Ft Lauderdale/looked into it? The Florida current runs North right up the Southeast side of Florida and I would think one could swim out about a mile from the Miami Beach shore and catch the current as they swim to Ft Lauderdale. Speeds of this current range from 1-4 knots depending on the year. Would love to hear your all thoughts.

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  • LakeBaggerLakeBagger Central OregonSenior Member

    Go for it!

  • swimswam77swimswam77 USANew Member

    Does anyone know someone in Miami that would be interested to pilot?

  • LakeBaggerLakeBagger Central OregonSenior Member
    edited July 2023

    @swimswam77 someone on here might know someone, but here is a somewhat recent discussion where a swimmer was working on organizing a long event in the ocean that hadn’t been done before. You can read through her process at eventually securing a boat. (Start calling marinas)

    https://forum.marathonswimmers.org/discussion/2184/planning-a-long-event-in-new-body-of-water

    evmoswimswam77
  • @LakeBagger said:
    @swimswam77 someone on here might know someone, but here is a somewhat recent discussion where a swimmer was working on organizing a long event in the ocean that hadn’t been done before. You can read through her process at eventually securing a boat. (Start calling marinas)

    https://forum.marathonswimmers.org/discussion/2184/planning-a-long-event-in-new-body-of-water

    I ended up getting a boat from family of one of my coaches. He had serious game, and was willing to be my escort having never done something like that before. We did discover that the route I swam was about at the limit that his boat could handle comfortably.

    One thing to be SURE that you do when you look for a boat, and that no one on my trip thought to verify.... make sure that the boat has a way to heat water if you're going to be in the water long enough to need it. I did have an electric tea kettle, but it needed 700 watts, and the boat only produced 150. Sooooooooo my crew ended up not having any hot water for a 16 hour swim in December. I had asked "does the boat have power that it produces?" and was told "yes". But, while it was good to recharge a phone or battery pack, it wasn't nearly enough to handle the kettle.

    My crew gets extra bonus points for not calling off the swim right then and there when they ran out of the coffee they'd brought at the start of the trip. lol

    LakeBagger
  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member

    That swim was done as a solo in the mid-80s from Port Everglades to the Port of Miami. The course was done in the intercoastal waterway for the entire route.

    LakeBaggerismuqattash
  • swimswam77swimswam77 USANew Member

    Could you post a link to the article about the swim?

  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member

    @swimswam77 said:
    Could you post a link to the article about the swim?

    There isn’t one. My former coach Duffy Dillon did the swim 40 years ago.

  • swimswam77swimswam77 USANew Member

    Is there a way to get in touch with Duffy?

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