Channel Swimmers

Madhu Nagaraja

Swimmer Madhu Nagaraja
Age 33
Country India
Date of Swim 10 August 2004
Start Time 06:13 hours
Swim Time 12 hours 31 minutes
Starting Point Shakespeare Beach, England
Finish Wissant, France
Monitoring Body Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation
Official Observer Billy Beadle, CS&PF
Pilot Lance Oram, Codge Cobbitt
Club Rinconada Masters Swim Team, Palo Alto, USA
Coach Carol Macpherson
Crew Shelley Hoeft

Madhu learned to swim in Mysore with the Mysore District Swimming association, coached by Mr Nabhiraj. His coach focussed mainly on the technique, which Madhu considers the key for success in swimming - which he says kind of translates to "when the basics are right, results fly high". He later joined the Basavangudi aquatic centre, Bangalore, coached by Mr Pradeep Kumar. During his training under Pradeep, he swam for the university of Mysore for about 3 years. While studying for his BS degree in Biochemistry at Yuvaraja college, he won Individual swim titles and the overall team championship. Subsequently, he went on to earn a Masters degree in Biochemistry from the University of Mysore and a separate Masters in Computer Science. Later he obtained a position in the Income Tax department of the Ministry of Finance in the Government of India. He received a lot of encouragement from his officers in Mysore at the Income tax department. Subsequently, he moved to the USA and lived in Boston and Palo Alto. He moved to Canada and spent some time in Montreal at McGill University before taking up a position in Information Technology with CIBC Mortgages in Toronto.

In the past, Madhu always considered himself as a sprinter, with his best time of 53 seconds for 100 yards Free; however, in his youth he specialized on the IM and was also pretty good on Fly.

In late 2004, Madhu was still relaxing from his Channel swim and musing over an attempt on Lake Ontario - a 50% increase in distance over his Channel swim.

The story of Madhu's Channel swim are best told in his own words and acknowledgements.

Material provided by Madhu, Rinconada Masters, and The Channel Swimmers

Madhu`s Lake Ontario Crossing and more

Created: 9th January 2005
Last Updated: 7th January 2015