Ben was born in London, United Kingdom, and as a child moved within the UK and EU with his family and the British Army. As an adult Ben has served with the military, police and worked within mental health and Psychology. In his spare time, he writes fiction and is a 2* AIDA freediver and Open Water PADI scuba diver. His love of open water and swimming, is second only to being a father.
However, Ben's inspirational story of surviving premature birth, collapsed lungs and death in ICU at birth, is highlighted further by his drowning at five-years of age in a swimming pool in Belgium, which only served to enthuse him and drive on his love of water and the sea. Swimming seemed a positive thing and during his teen years, Ben took part in a few long distance swims for charity and recreationally trained in the pool, with running and golf being his other passions. Yet as adulthood dawned, he moved to training for distance swimming, middle distance running and eventually, a period of triathlon amateur competition. Later, whilst living in Fuerteventura, he turned his focus to spending more time in the swimming pool and sea swimming up to 25 miles in a day and freediving, scuba and more long distance swimming in the UK, Atlantic and Mediterranean but today, Ben remains a regular guy wanting to achieve the extraordinary.
Training Sessions are structured and intense.
Training ensures that Ben's technique is developed and worked on with pinpoint accuracy and developmental feedback from the Sports and Exercise Science team of Hartpury College. The mileage in the first five-months of training ranged from 4-7 miles of swimming per day along with cardiovascular and core workouts. Distances in late 2014 increased to >20km per day and in 2015 the focus shifts to volume, load, nutrition and conditioning of Ben's body for the challenge ahead. This is pure endurance, technique and discipline building without which, his Atlantic Ocean swim would remain just a dream.
2014 with open water swimming in the roaring seas of Europe and The Atlantic Ocean herself, where distances and technique were further enhanced saw a total target mileage of 2.8 million meters of swimming in this year alone (approx. 115,000 lengths of a 25m swimming pool).
Ben will be conducting a large part, if not all of his open water training in the Mediterranean & Atlantic Ocean, working under the guidance of his support team and sports psychologist, endurance, nutrition and hydration specialists. The emphasis throughout is on both physical and mental conditioning to the seas and of course, the feat of endurance ahead.
"Good luck with your absolutely monumental challenge!!" - Michaela Strachan, 2014
(BBC TV Wildlife Presenter for Autumnwatch, Springwatch, Really Wild Adventures and currently appearing on ITV's reality Dive show 'Splash.' Micahela is also the Patron of The UK Shark Trust)