Ready to dive into water heralded in legends for centuries? You'll swim across the Messina Strait from Punta Faro in Sicily, to Cannitello, Calabria in Italy with strong currents in your favor. 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! You'll be joined by our Italian Coaches Alessandro, as well as Coach Pedro.

The swim is usually on the month of June and the exact day is announced on January 2022.

Before completing your International Application, please take a moment to review our Confidentiality & Minors policy, as well as our Required Supplemental Documents expectations. Thank you very much!


Join us for this Italian adventure.
You won't just scratch it off your bucket list - you'll join a new family.


  • Only approved swimmer applicants
  • $550 (U.S.Dollars) per swimmer (non-refundable)after January 1st $650 Dollars
  • Water World Swim crossing on Summer 2022
  • Applicants must be 14 years old on swim day.
  • Limited to 30 swimmers
  • Mandatory briefing
  • You'll get a finisher's tee, certificate of completion!


  • 5:00 pm mandatory briefing at LA PUNTA Restaurant under the Tower (refreshments & aperitif)
  • Certificate & Finisher's Tee
  • Optional Award ceremony lunch Place: TBA
  • Your name immortalized in our finisher list


  • We recommend staying either Hotel Donato or Gechi di Mare B&B. 
  • We recommend swimmers go in the morning, the day before the swim, to Torre Faro Beach at la Punta to try the waters in The Strait of Messina.
  • Call the hotels directly about discounts for swimming Messina with Water World Swim
  • Fly into Reggio Calabria Airport (REG) and take the ferry to Messina
  • Or fly into Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) and take a bus or rent a car

Frequently Asked Question: At the end of the swim, how will I get back to Messina?
Answer: The same boats that escorted you during the swim will bring you back to the beach where there will be a celebration!

AFTER THE SWIM: There will be a get together at LA PUNTA. We will have a small ceremony where certificates will be given to all finishers (and non-finishers). Additionally, we will be joined by the pilot and record holder Giovanni Fianaca!


Finish on the charming shores of Cannitello.
Get ready for a quintessentially Italian lunch and award ceremony with new friends!


2019 Finishers

Emily Abernathy Austria
Carlos Alcantara Peru
Demetrio Babul Chile
Pia Chang Chile
Tim Cowdrey USA
Wendy Davies UK
Paulina Echeverria Chile
Virginie Eskenazi USA
Richard Fria USA
Alberto Intebi Argentina
Carola Khouri USA
Annika Khouri USA
Paul Mason USA
Adam Mays USA
Tom Mcguire Canada
Michael Montgomery Chile
Luis Noriega Peru
Jerry Orten USA
Jamie Orten USA
Ruben Perez Diego Spain
Douglas Preisse USA
Marcos Quiros USA
Matias Reyes Chile
Gary Smith USA
Sofie Vandeputte USA
Clare Whitelam UK
Amy Whittaker USA
Nazar Zhdan USA
Yuliya Hungate USA

2018 Finishers

Joseph Dieber USA
James David Ireland
Denise Carr USA
Fernando Boeri Chile
Carolina Calleja Rosas Mexico
Anthony Rowedder USA
Andres Isaias USA
Kevin Hayes USA
Francis Grillo USA
Tom Parette USA
Irene Pietropaoli UK
Almer Agmyren UAE
Felicia Agmyren UAE
Micheal Manno USA
William Schabas UK
Robert Roos USA
John Perkins Jr. USA
Vytas Sliesoraitis USA

2017 Finishers

2016 Finishers

Angela Andelson USA
Bradley Albert USA
Ricardo Arenas Ecuador
Elisabeth Berge Switzerland
Fannie Berge Switzerland
Francois Berge Switzerland
Hugo Berge Switzerland
Laura Berge Switzerland
Alan Coleman Ireland
Steve Fillipow USA
Alban Fleury Switzerland
Dominic Gallelo USA
Annika Khouri USA
Carla Khouri USA
Mitali Khanzode USA
John Newbury UK
Trevor O'Shea Ireland
Patrizio Tomada USA
Roberto Tjandra UK
Andrea Vuturo USA
Peter Weyrich Switzerland
Richard Cipolla USA
Francesco Gastaldi Italy
Damian Matich UK
Lenonid Neganov Russia
Luisa Pavia Italy


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!


Giovanni Fiannacca will pilot the swim. He holds the record for swimming the strait - 30:50 - and has held it since 1975!


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.