The Messina Strait
Summer 2017 - Reserve your spot now!

We have two dates for 2017 - June 18 and July 2. Register now before spaces fill!

You'll swim from Messina, Sicilia Via Fortino in Sicily, to Canitello, Calabria in Italy with strong currents in your favor. Water World Swim Italy's Coach Alessandro Gottardis will be at your side. With water at 73-77 degrees Fahrenheit, you can shed that wetsuit and soak up the blue Mediterranean - and the delicious food and wine in the region!

YOUR BOAT You'll be on the Colapesce, named after Messina legend Nicola "Cola" who turned into a fish and carries Sicily on his shoulder. When he switches shoulders - earthquake!

YOUR PILOT Giovanni Fiannacca will pilot the swim. He holds the record for swimming the strait - 37min36sec - and has held it since 1975!

Pat Tomada, an Italian native from Udine, swam regularly with Coach Pedro in the bay on visits to the US. A regular swimmer and triathlete, Pat will help coordinate your crossing and trip, navigating Italian, permits, boats, and more to make your dream a reality!


You must be at least 14 years of age to swim the Strait of Messina or the Bonifacio Channel. In addition, you must have an Echocardiogram (EKG) and Stress test performed by a doctor, valid within one year of your swim date. Without meeting either of these requirements, you will not be able to swim.

We highly recommend travel insurance - and not just for your stuff! Swimming in the open water can be dangerous. While we haven't encountered any, there are jellyfish and you want to be covered in case the unexpected happens. We are not responsible for any swim or open-water related injures.

Ready to dive into Messina?

Contact us for details! Coach Pedro or Coach Ale will be in touch with you to discuss your Italian adventures. Use the contact form below to get in touch, or Apply Online or Register. (All those who register must also use the application at the Apply Online button.)

Happy swimming and travels!

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