Ben Hooper is a leading motivational speaker and founder of Swim The Big Blue, which is a swim across the Atlantic Ocean. Born in London, Hooper moved within the UK and EU, with his family and British Army, when he was a child. As an adult, Ben has served with the military, police and worked within mental health and Psychology. In his spare time, Hooper writes fiction and was a 2* AIDA freediver, and is an Open Water PADI scuba diver. His love of open water and swimming, is second only to being a father.
However, Hooper’s inspirational story of surviving premature birth, collapsed lungs and death in ICU at birth, is highlighted further by his drowning at five-years of age. This only served to enthuse him and drive on his love of water and the sea. Swimming seemed a positive thing and during his teen years, Hooper took part in multiple long distance swims for charity and recreationally trained in the pool.
Yet as adulthood dawned, Hooper moved to training for distance swimming, middle distance running and eventually, a period of triathlon in local amateur competitions. Later, whilst living in Fuerteventura, Hooper turned his focus to spending more time in the swimming pool and sea, swimming up to 25 miles a day and freediving, scuba and more long distance swimming in the UK. As for today, Ben Hooper remains a regular guy, wanting to achieve the extraordinary.
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