Chloe McCardel

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Chloe McCardel
Born ( 1985-05-10) 10 May 1985 (age 30)
Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Open water swimmer First Aid Instructor
Known for solo crossings of the English Channel

Chloe McCardel, born 10 May 1985, is a 29-year-old accomplished open water swimmer, triathlete and first aid instructor from Melbourne, Australia.


McCardel's past swims include six solo crossings of the English Channel, two double-crossings in 2010 and 2012. She also won the 28.5-mile (46-kilometer) Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 2010.[1][2]

Record attempt[edit]

On 12 June 2013, she attempted to be the first person to swim across the Straits of Florida from Cuba to Florida without using the protection of a shark cage. She also did not wear a wet suit. This swim was done to raise funds for two charities; the CanTeen and Can Assist. McCardel had a 32-person support team that included weather experts and doctors that accompanied her though out her trip, which was to last about 55–65 hours. She was to eat and drink every half hour.

After 11 hours, McCardel stopped her record swim attempt after she was severely stung by a jellyfish and was in too much pain to continue. She was taken to Key West and was treated for the stings.[3]


Channel Swimming Association (CSA)

  • 2012 CSA Gold Medal for fastest swim of the year 9 hours 30 minutes
  • 2012 CSA Fastest swim by a lady 9 hours 30 minutes
  • 2012 CSA Fastest Two-Way swim 19 hours 20 minutes
  • 2011 CSA Gold Medat for fastest swim of the year 9 hours 3 minutes
  • 2011 CSA Sotirake Trophy Fastest swim by a lady 9 hours 3 minutes
  • 2010 Nomination for Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year on (
  • 2010 CSA The Mark Rickhuss Memorial Trophy (The Fastest Solo Two-Way Swim of the Year) 21 hours 48 minutes
  • 2010 The Van Audenaerde Trophy (Greatest Feat of Endurance)[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Australian Chloe McCardel to attempt Cuba to Florida swim without shark cage". ABC Australia. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Australian Chloe McCardel eyes swim from Cuba to Florida". SI. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Chloe McCardel ends distance swim". ESPN. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chloe McCardel". Facebook. Retrieved 12 June 2013.