Anders is an accomplished ultra-swimmer, diver and triathlete with over 15 years’ experience in open water swimming. Born in Vasteras, Sweden, Anders came to the United States in 1996. As a rescue swimmer in the U.S. Navy for four years, Anders regularly swam in the Atlantic Ocean in waters exceeding 10,000 feet in depth, and developed rare skills of endurance and survival. His open water swims measure in thousands of hours and include experience with rough seas, strong currents, rip tides, extreme temperatures, sharks, stingrays and other sea creatures. Anders began long distance racing in marathons, triathlons ( 4 Escape from Alcatraz races, numerous Sprint and Olympic Distance, 7 Half Ironmans, and 2 Ironmans), and has 13 Alcatraz Crossings, skin and wetsuit. In 2014 Anders swam solo across the Chesapeake Bay from the Eastern Shore to Chesapeake Beach for a distance of 16.8 miles. In July 2016 and 2019, he participated in Cork Distance Week in Ireland. The 9 day swim event was in water averaging 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit, with no wetsuits allowed, and water known for strong current and high chop.
Other Qualifications and Accomplishments:
WOWSA Qualified Open Water Coach
US MASTERS Swimming Certified Coach
TDI Certified Diver
U.S. National Power Lifting Champion 1997
U.S. Navy Rescue Swimmer 1999 – 2002
U. S. Marine Corps Marathon 1999
2 Golden Gate Crossings
Angel Island-S.F. Crossing
Memphremagog Winter Swimming Festival (Newport VT) – March 3-5, 2017: Anders competed in 5 ice swim events – 25m Breast Stroke, 25m Freestyle, 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, and 200m Freestyle – and placed 5th overall out of 20+ competitors
L Street Ice Kilometer (Boston MA) – March 11, 2017: the first 1,000 meter ice swim in the U.S. – unfortunately this event was cancelled upon arrival due to extreme wind gusts (40+mph), but Anders hopes to return to it next year
English Channel Crossing Attempt September 17, 2018
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