Interview Snippet: John Sheely

John Sheely is Warrnambool's open water swimming botanist, who, among many international open water adventures, is 93 swims through his target of 100 consecutive winter open water swims.


Date: 24 June 2020
Interview number: 010
Interviewees: John Sheely
Warrnambool Yacht Club, Warrnambool, Victoria


We met up with John at his swimming base, the Warrnamnbool Yacht Club to talk about his current personal challenge to complete 100 consecutive winter open water swims. On the day we caught up, John was on swim number 93.

Having moved to Warrnambool 16 years ago to take up his role as a botanist in the local botanical gardens, John has made the ‘bool his open water swimming haven. However, unlike the locals, John has managed to leave the town to explore many of the world’s open water swimming destinations.

We talk about his winter challenge, the pursuit of happiness and his global adventures + the two swimming-related tattoos he sports.

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A little snippet

In this snippet from the full podcast interview, John talks us through the (ocean swimming) reasons behind two tattoos he sports on his forearms.



The full interview with¬†John Sheely will feature on a new podcast episode coming soon…


John’s penguin and jellyfish tattoos


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