Sea of Galilee Perimeter Swim

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Sea of Galilee Perimeter Swim is a 3-day stage swim around the perimeter of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret) in Israel achieved by 18 swimmer on 22-24 October 2020.


Ami Ginsburg and the Cyprus Israel Swim Team.


1. To maintain and encourage swimming in the Sea of Galilee and establish the status of the Sea of Galilee as an international site where you can safely hold sporting events in this unique and historic place, surrounded by pristine nature and breathtaking scenery.
2. To complete for the first time a full perimeter swim of the Sea of Galilee over three days. During noontime, it nearly impossible to swim in this lake due to strong eastern gusts. Thus, each day the swim was up to 6 hours.
3. Take advantage of this event as an opportunity to raise awareness of the issue of litter that reaches the shores of the lake and its surroundings, and to encourage activities and campaigns that will educate and inspire the public to protect nature and keep it clean.

3-day Stage Swim

  • Day 1 stage swim of 18.15 km in 5 hours 42 minutes 18 seconds from the north Hukuk Beach through Tiberias to Beit Yerach.
  • Day 2 stage swim of 15.7 km in 5 hours 15 minutes 53 seconds from Beit Yerach to Ha’On Beach and from there to Lavnun Beach.
  • Day 3 stage swim of 13.4 km in 4 hours 16 minutes 42 seconds from Lavnun Beach ack to Hukuk.

2020 WOWSA Awards

The Sea of Galilee Perimeter Swim in Israel was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year category with the following nomination: The Sea of Galilee Perimeter Swim in Israel was a breakout celebration stage swim by Udi Erell, Doron Amosi, Ben Enosh, Ori Sela, Oded Rahav, Luc Chetboun, Shani Moskuna, Adina Faur, Amnon Salai, Ami Ginsburg, Dror Belkin, Or Kind, Tal Fridman, Tal Snunit, Avishag Turek, Oded Gross, Erez Tzuk, and Tzvika. Held under strict safety protocols in the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 18 Israeli swimmers swam 18.1 km, 15.7 km and 13.4 km respectively during the three-day stage swim. Their tandem swim course was close to the entire shoreline of the Sea of Galilee. The unprecedented 47.2 km cumulative perimeter swim presented logistical difficulties and required a large escort crew, but the tandem swim was successful in completing the three separate courses, swimming 48 km in total. For initiating another environmental awareness and protection program where the theme is to keep the Sea of Galilee clean and safe, for the original vision of Ami Ginsberg to established a new marathon course and offer a celebration of open water swimming in Israel, and for all 18 swimmers who showed selflessness throughout, embodying teamwork and sharing a profound sense of camaraderie throughout their three days at sea, the Sea of Galilee Perimeter Swim by 18 Israeli swimmers is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.​​

Swimmers and Support Team


Support Crew

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