Swim for Peace

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Walter Poenisch who completed the Swim4Peace. Photo by Fay Poenisch
Walter Poenisch and Fay Poenisch together with Fidel Castro before Walter]s Swim for Peace
Walter Poenisch swimming along the Florida Keys on one of his three world record ocean swims in a shark cage

The Swim for Peace was a 11 July 1978 ocean swim of 128.8 miles (207.8 km) across the Straits of Florida from Cuba to Florida by 68-year-old Walter Poenisch (1913 - 2000), an inductee (Honor Swimmer) in the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Walter Poenisch

Walter Poenisch was a former American open water swimmer who completed open water swims in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, and in the Atlantic Ocean where he set three world records. He was called the World's Strongest Endurance Swimmer as he towed a 30-ton paddlewheel boat while swimming with his hands and feet shackled. He completed the Swim for Peace from Cuba to The Little Duck Key in Florida at the age of 68 that covered 128.8 miles in 34 hours 15 minutes. He was escorted by Captain Bendt Lynge, observer and authenticator J. Marvin Mims, President of the International Federation of Professional Ocean Swimmers and Divers, Glenn Drummond, escort boat owner, and his wife Fayette Poenisch.

Swim for Peace Rules

Poenisch followed the rules of the International Federation of Ocean Swimmers and Divers on his swim across the Straits of Florida:

  • Fins are allowed
  • Snorkel is allowed
  • Shark cage is allowed
  • Getting out of the water four times for no longer than five minutes at a time to administer emergency medicine, receive critical nourishment, or for any reason that directly threatened the life of the swimmer


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