Why You Can’t Just Swim Straight Across the Ocean

Ben Lecomte’s route across the Pacific took years of planning, with input from meteorologists, oceanographers, and salty sailors alike – but it turns out this wild ocean packs some punches that can’t be anticipated.

How do you plan a swim across the world's largest ocean? Ben Lecomte and the crew of Seeker have been working closely with meteorologist Jeremy Davis and his team at Weather Routing, Inc, as well as partners like Dr. Nikolai Maximenko from the International Pacific Research Center at the University of Hawaii, to plan the optimum route that will keep the journey as short and sweet as possible –– with some surprising twists and turns.