Paramvir Singh

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Delphinus team finishing Swimmathon around Mumbai, India
Delphinus team finishing Swimmathon around Mumbai, India

Wing Commander Paramvir Singh (or Param Veer Singh) is an Indian open water swimmer and is a Wing Commander in the Indian Air Force

Open Water Swimming Highlights

  • He received the 2014 Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award in the Water Category.
  • He served as the captain of Delphinus, a 6-person relay team that swam 286 km (177.7 miles) around the city of Mumbai, India in an event called Swimmathon. Delphinus started and finished at the Gateway of India between 28-30 October 2014 in a clockwise course in 49 hours 44 minutes.
  • Wing Commander Singh also led The Sea Hawk team comprised Indian Air Force personnel Sergeant Gullupilli Narhari, Sergeant Ankan Kumar Patel, Leading Aircraftman Vicky Tokas, Assistant Sub-inspector Ganesh Palande of the Mumbai Police, and Manav Mehta, a Std IX student of Podar International School in Nerul who swam 433.11 km in 156 hours from Dona Paula in Goa along the Konkan coast to the Gateway of India between 13-19 February 2015. The Sea Hawk team was performed in support of the National Mission ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ whose funds were donated to Project Nanhi Kali that supports the cause of education of the underprivileged girls in India.
  • He is the only person to have swum the length of Ganga from Devprayag to Gangasagar in 2015.
  • A distinguished adventure sports enthusiast, he holds 13 world, 3 Asian and 7 national records.

The Sea Hawk Relay

Delphinus Team


The Swimmathon was the longest open water swimming relay in Asia with the goal to promote and popularize the sport of open water swimming in India and to commemorate the 82nd anniversary of the Indian Air Force.


The swimmathon was extremely challenging as the sea conditions were rough and swim was against current, besides other challenges of marine life like jellyfish and a very high level of water pollution in Thane Creek. Two independent observers from the Maharashtra State Amateur Aquatic Association were on board an escort boat to observe and ratify the swimming record. Mumbai is a triangular shaped island surrounded on two sides by the Arabian Sea, while the third side is Thane Creek.

Delphinus Records Set

Ganga Avahan

Singh participated in a 3-person, 35-day 2,800 km stage swim to promote Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (or Clean India Mission in English), called Ganga Avahan in the river Ganga from Devprayag to Gangasagar together with Sergeant Gullupilli Narahari and Sergeant Saripilli Srihari. The campaign was launched at the Defence Services Staff College in partnership with the Ministry of Urban Development. Lt. Gen. S.K. Gadeock and the Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu kicked off the stage swim that will begin on 8 October 2015.

Mumbai to Mangalore Relay Swim

The 2016 Sea Hawk relay team of Indian Air Force Wing Commander Paramvir Singh, retired Indian Air Force Sergeant Gullupilli Narhari, Sergeant Ankan Kumar Patel, Indian Air Force Aircraftman Vicky Tokas, Mumbai police sub-inspector Shrikant Palande, 16-year-old Manav Mehta, swimmer-coach Rahul Chiplunkar completed a 1,031 km non-stop relay swim from the Gate of India in Mumbai to Mangalore in India in between November 16th and the finish on December 8th, a 22-day journey.

2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men

Singh was named to the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2017 (alphabetized by last name) by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Dr. Doron Amosi, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, channel swimmer and endurance athlete from Mexico
3. Cyril Baldock, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
4. Ram Barkai, administrator, event organizer and ice swimmer from South Africa
5. John Batchelder, butterflying marathon swimmer from USA
6. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage/boat pull swimmer from Tunisia
7. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
8. Luc Chetboun, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
9. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee advocate and marathon/extreme swimmer from Italy
10. Jean Craven, marathon/extreme swimmer from South Africa
11. Ned Denison, IMSHOF administrator and marathon/ice swimmer from Ireland
12. Craig Dietz, disabled open water swimmer from USA
13. Ben Enosh, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel/USA
14. Udi Erell, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
15. Stephen Junk, channel swimmer from Australia
16. Henri Kaarma, event organizer and ice swimmer from Estonia
17. Ger Kennedy, ice, underwater and extreme swimmer from Ireland
18. Craig Lenning, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from the USA
19. Neil Macaskill, extreme/cross-border swimmer from South Africa
20. Pádraig Mallon, escort pilot, event organizer and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
21. Ingemar Patiño Macarine, channel/marathon swimmer from the Philippines
22. Andrew Malinak, administrator and cold water/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
23. Chris Marthinusen, extreme/high-altitude swimmer from South Africa
24. Patrick McKnight, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Allan McLeland, Peak and Pond swimmer/climber from the USA
26. Darren Miller, channel swimmer and event director from the USA
27. Rohan More, marathon/channel swimmer from India
28. Gullupilli Narhari, extreme relay swimmer from India
29. Matías Ola, event organizer and ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
30. Kieron Palframan, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
31. James Pittar, blind marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
32. Javier Mérida Prieto, disabled Triple Crown swimmer from Spain
33. Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate and ice/extreme swimmer from the UK
34. Oded Rahav, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
35. Stephen Redmond, channel/marathon swimmer from Ireland
36. Adrian Sarchet, marathon/channel swimmer from Guernsey
37. Ori Sela, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
38. Dan Simonelli, coach/guide/observer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
39. Paramvir Singh, extreme relay swimmer from India
40. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
41. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/ice/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
42. Ryan Stramrood, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
43. Martin Strel, marathon/stage swimmer from Slovenia
44. Dr. Otto Thaning, channel/marathon swimmer from South Africa
45. Jacques Tuset, prison island swimmer from France
46. Toks Viviers, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
47. Adam Walker, coach, event organizer, and channel swimmer from England
48. Christof Wandratsch, event organizer and ice/marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Germany
49. Brenton Williams, event organizer and butterfly ocean swimmer from South Africa
50. Herman van der Westhuizen, extreme high-altitude swimmer from South Africa

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