Everglades Area Tours Supports Long Distance Swimmer Diana Nyad’S Historic Final Attempt to Swim the Florida Straits
Everglades Area Tours, based in Chokoloskee and Marco Island, is supporting Women Swimming Hall of Fame long distance swimmer Diana Nyad's epic effort to swim the Florida Straits from Cuba to Florida with the donation of a fully outfitted kayak, a satellite phone and several kayak guides as members of the 6-person kayak crew that is part of the 65-person Extreme Dream Team support crew.
Chokoloskee, FL (August 29, 2013) - On Saturday morning, August 31, 64-year long distance swimmer Diana Nyad will once again to try again to swim solo the 100 miles from Marina Hemingway in Havana, Cuba across the Florida Straits to Key West. Everglades Area Tours, based in Chokoloskee and Marco Island, is supporting Nyad’s epic effort with the donation of a fully outfitted kayak, a satellite phone and several kayak guides as members of the 6-person kayak crew that is part of the 65-person Extreme Dream Team support crew.
This is Diana's fifth attempt to swim the Florida Straits without a shark cage. The first attempt was 35 years ago at the age of 25. It was July of 2011 before she would try again. Recent attempts have been thwarted by severe stings from jellyfish. In the 1970’s Diana was heralded as the greatest long distance swimmer in the world and is an inductee in the Women’s Swimming Hall of Fame.
This final swim attempt by Nyad came to the attention of Capt. Charles Wright, owner of Everglades Area Tours, through one of his kayak eco-adventure guides, Don McCumber, who has served on two of Nyad’s previous swim attempts. “Don is fully committed to Diana and her Extreme Dream. It was an easy decision to have Everglades Area Tours join Don to support Nyad’s incredible spirit of adventure, courage and athleticism in this historic effort,” said Wright.
McCumber is the kayak team captain, serving on his third Nyad Cuba-to-Florida swim. On the team for the first time is Everglades Area Tours guide Darlene Meadows. Rounding out the team is Brenda Anderson (kayak leader on the July 2011 attempt), Elke Thuerling (2012 kayak captain, 2011 mother ship captain), Buco Pantellis (on all four recent swims) and Mike Devlin, President of the Paradise Coast Paddlers Club based in Naples, Florida.
Nyad and the Extreme Dream Team are scheduled to leave Key West by boat for the trip to Cuba early Friday. Today at 2:07pm Nyad posted to her blog at www.diananyad.com, “Tomorrow I leave for Cuba for the Final Attempt. This is the end of the journey. And the journey has been magnificent.” Nyad plans to deliver a press conference Friday, August 30 at 4:00pm in Cuba, where she will announce the final determination on the start of the swim based on weather and conditions.
Everglades Area Tours provides a wide variety of recreational and educational paddling, motor boating and hiking experiences including motor boat-assisted kayak expeditions into the Wilderness Waterway portion of Everglades National Park and the Ten Thousand Islands region around Marco Island. Everglades Area Tours is recognized as a sustainable tour provider for its actions on tours and in the community and is certified as a Silver Level Eco Tour Operator by the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism. For more information visit www.EvergladesAreaTours.com or www.Facebook.com/EvergladesAreaTours.
Follow Diana Nyad’s progress on Twitter @DianaNyad and on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/DianaNyad by using the hashtags #XtremeDream and #CubaToFlorida.Back to top of page