In May 2022, Oliver Rush will attempt a world-record nonstop swim around the entire Island of Grand Cayman. His feat aims to raise awareness to combat plastic pollution. In partnership, Plastic Free Cayman & Project Planet will host a series of community events leading up to the record-breaking swim.
These efforts aim to raise vital funds to keep individuals on the ground actively fighting plastic pollution in the Cayman Islands.
This project will educate, raise awareness, and encourage people to take action against this destructive force that affects all of our lives.
Pushing boundaries once again, Oly will attempt a world ﬁrst! He will swim around the entire island of Grand Cayman.
GC is a similar size to the Isle of Wight but with little tidal assistance and without added buoyancy from a wetsuit the swim is expected to take between 24-30hrs! In doing so he will set a new world record.
Working with the best of the best, Oly will have Scott Dawson and Brian Thomson assisting with the swim planning. This includes charting weather, tides, currents and being aware of sharks/jellyﬁsh!
This year’s swim will raise vital funds for…
Plastic Free Cayman to take on a part-time (or full-time) employee. This will enable the volunteer led organisation to make their outreach go even further and to be able to extend education, raise awareness and take action to help reduce single-use plastic in the Cayman Islands.
The islands of the Caribbean know how bad the situation has become. PFC
makes a huge impact but until governments take note and create laws this kind of work is vital for the habitat, it’s life and the beauty of these islands
Oly’s swims have been covered by various media outlets including Sky news and the BBC. Interviews can be found on Oly’s Instagram page @_projectplanet_ or simply google Oly Rush.
Oly’s social media presence is growing and his inﬂuence in the world of social media will be vital in raising awareness to ﬁght against plastic pollution.
- Support Boat mast
- Support Boat
- Website banners
- Swim cap
- Instagram promotion
Why we need your support…
As you can imagine, this groundbreaking attempt will take a lot of planning, training, and preparation. Safety is our number one priority every stroke of the way.
Funds are required for:
- Event/safety coordinators
- Shark shield protection equipment
- Safety boat & fuel
- Reef safe sun protection
- Living expenses
- Event production and organisation
- Flights & travel
- Distance tracker (for Guinness World Records)