Fifty nine year old Australian long-distance swimmer, Rick Seirer, has broken the World Record as the oldest person to complete a non-stop (68km) double-crossing of The English Channel.

Completing the swim in 29 hours 46 minutes on Tuesday 27 August 2019, Rick swam to Calais and returned to Dover without a break.

The Channel is considered The Everest of endurance swimming, famous for its distance, strong tides, cold water and unpredictable weather, with waves that can reach up to two meters (6.5 feet).

Rick is grateful to his family, friends, boat captains, crew and the community for their incredible support. 

“My family and friends have been part of this journey with me every step of the way. I couldn’t have done this without their patience, sacrifice and support,” said Rick. 

“My coach, Chloë McCardel, pushed me through two years of training and her mentoring helped every day.

“The strength of the crew to stay with me throughout the swim was incredible and the response and support from the community has been humbling. It inspired and motivated me throughout the swim, especially when it got tough on the second leg.

Rick has been a swimmer since 2004, completing many short and long distance swims around Australia. In 2016, he completed a single crossing of The Channel.

Completing the double-crossing just shy of his 60th birthday on 10 September, Rick hopes he has inspired people of all ages to take up new challenges.

“I wanted to inspire everyone, regardless of their age, to challenge themselves and set new goals. I’m proud to mentor and coach other swimmers of all ages and support community groups such as Men’s Shed.

“I hope I’ve inspired even just one person to take up a new challenge. It’s never too late and you’re never too old.” 


Rick Seirer completed the swim under the auspices of the Channel Swimming Association (CSA) at 59 years and 338 days old. Completion and final time to be ratified by the CSA.

The first leg of the swim (England – France) was completed in 11hr 55min. The second leg of the swim (France – England) was completed in 17hr 48min.

Rick was supported by Melanie Holland, Chloë McCardel and boat captains Reg and Ray Brickell on ‘The Viking Princess’.