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What do a band-aid, plastic bag, and balloon have in common? I saw all three in my 3.3km swim across the Strait of Messina.

Photo by William Winram + Lukas Lukas Müller Just a few short months ago on World Oceans Day, Sir Richard Branson challenged me to swim 3.3km in open water across the Strait of Messina to raise awareness for the health of our ocean. Though I am an avid scuba diver, before World Ocean Day I had never swam long distances in open water and was unsure of my ability to complete this public challenge.
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