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To go around the world walking to do it swimming, The Nemo Expedition

The adventure of the Nacho Dean from Malaga has consisted of five voyages

The adventure of the malagueño Nacho Dean has consisted of five crossings. Bill Strait of Gibraltar (joining Europe with Africa), the crossing Meis-Kas (from Greece to Turkey, Europe to Asia), from Indonesia to Papua New Guinea (Asia with Oceania), the Bering strait (Asia with America) and the Aqaba Strait (Asia with Africa).

Between 2013 and 2016, the world was traveled on foot. Now he has crossed it to swim. A challenge for the conservation of the oceans.

Nacho Dean getting ready to swim
Nacho Dean getting ready to swim

In 2013, Nacho decided that he wanted to walk around the world. It was, as he himself explains, “like a dream”. And that was how he embarked, in 2013, on what seemed like the adventure of his life: go around the world walking. He did it alone and for no less than three years.

After a little more than a year of hiatus, I already had another project in mind, the Nemo Expedition, which consisted of give  lAround the world to swim, crossing the five continents, which he did more than 3 months ago.

Swimming with crocodiles, jellyfish, sharks ... is another song

In an interview 20 minutes away, he commented: The hardest part of the last challenge has not only consisted of the distance (the longest crossing was Papua, with 22 km), but also in the little rest between each challenge, in the heat, in the humidity. “And in the marine fauna. Here in Gibraltar you swim and well, there are dolphins, whales.

But there were crocodiles, jellyfish, sharks… it's another story”, says Nacho, whose face shows the hardness of the challenge, how bad it happened. “The feeling is that at any moment something can come out of the sea and bite you. He imagines the feeling of anguish, of tension, wanting to get to land as soon as possible ”.

Nacho Dean to achieve the challenge to swim
Nacho Dean to achieve the challenge to swim

In Papua I decided to leave

“During the Papua crossing it was the only time I considered giving up, it is the most difficult crossing I have ever done. He was dusty. But then you say I'm going to try one more stroke, and another, and then another.

You keep going and you get it. Two members of the team even threw themselves with me. Also something happened. They told me that the border was 10 kilometers away, and when I arrived they told me that it was 12 more. And 22 swimming costs”.

This time he has taken equipment to record a documentary

“This time I have brought equipment, some cameras to record a documentary. When you are alone you miss company, sharing things. You share with people, it's different, and the grace of life is sharing things.

Of course, I was used to traveling alone and you have to learn to reach agreements ”, explains Nacho. And that is one of the keys to this Nemo Expedition, the documentary. "They are interested in tragedies, serious things, that a fish bites you"he explains amused. “And what I want is the complete opposite, for it to go smoothly and smoothly!” He laughs.

Nacho Dean swimming
Nacho Dean swimming

“I do not recommend doing this to anyone, neither on foot nor by swimming!

“I do not recommend doing this to anyone, neither on foot nor by swimming! I do it because I'm passionate about it, I like adventure, I love traveling, challenging myself.

I do it to show that we have no limits and also to  launch a message of planet conservation“. And therein lies the key. The great reason why she decided to embark on this new challenge. If she went around the world on foot "to document climate change", on this occasion she has done it "to send a message of ocean conservation.

What it does clarify is that he is not a madman, nor a daredevil. “Safety comes first, even though it sounds weird. I like risk, but controlled, I do not look for death", Explain. "For that, I was in charge of organizing things well, training, planning, covering my back to make it the safest." Her family breathes a little easier.

BIO: Nacho Dean

Malagueño from 38 years studied Advertising and Public Relations. Then he became an Environmental Technician. In his book 'Libre y Salvaje' he tells how his experience was when he traveled around the world. Now, prepare a documentary and another book about his latest experience, the Nemo Expedition.

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