2023 is a year of milestones for Jim “The Shark” Dreyer. This August 3rd will mark the 25th anniversary of his 1998 swim across Lake Michigan, the event that launched his career as a record-setting athlete. Then on August 16th, Jim turns 60 years of age.
25 years later, 25 years older, and an estimated 25 miles further
To celebrate this significant anniversary and birthday, Jim Dreyer is attempting to raise the bar with another epic swim across Lake Michigan in 2023.
Twenty-five years later, and still the only one to successfully swim the width of Lake Michigan solo between Michigan and Wisconsin, Jim is attempting to make the second-ever mid-lake crossing. This time it is an 82.5-mile point-to-point route from Milwaukee's Bradford Beach to Grand Haven City Beach in his Michigan hometown.
If successful, Jim will eclipse the distance of his historic 1998 crossing between Two Rivers, Wisconsin and Ludington, Michigan ... a 50-mile route which resulted in him logging 65 miles due to strong currents.
Jim Dreyer before a 42-mile training swim
on July 9, 2023.
So, what is Jim's plan to remedy this concern in his second attempt?
Imagine standing on the beach and peering out at a seemingly endless expanse of water that lies well beyond the horizon. You have a dinghy filled with supplies attached to your waist and the harsh reality of your undertaking begins to sink in. You are about to embark on a continuous self-sufficient journey no one else has ever experienced. You will swim alone while pulling the weight of your supplies and finding your way across Lake Michigan.
Welcome to the world of Jim "The Shark" Dreyer. Yes, these are his plans (see press release) ... and going it alone without an escort boat is not new for him.
Among his many achievements, Jim first swam self-sufficiently in 2003, when he swam the length of Lake Michigan in 18 continuous stages over 30 days. Then in 2005, he most famously swam alone across Lake Superior. Swimming unescorted across Lake St. Clair in 2013, while Pulling a ton of bricks, earned him his 2014 Stan Lee's Superhumans appearance on the History Channel.
Lake Michigan – The Silver Sequel benefits the Grand Haven Chapter and Western Lake Michigan (Milwaukee) Chapter, of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA), which supports Lake Michigan Guardians, their families, and communities on both shores. Donations equally support both chapters and are greatly appreciated!
The swim is managed by Jim Dreyer's Event Marketing Enterprises, a company which happens to be celebrating a significant anniversary of its' own ... 30 years in 2023.
"I have enjoyed working with the professional men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard throughout my 25-year career. At my side, they have played a vital role in my success and together we have undertaken projects to improve swimmer safety.
In conjunction with this milestone swim, I am honored to facilitate a way to give back to these life-saving guardians of Lake Michigan."
~ Jim Dreyer
In 1998, I recognized the presence of my deceased father (Jack Dreyer Sr.) at the finish of my Lake Michigan crossing with a message in the sand.
In 2023, I remember those who were with me to witness the completion of my first journey across the Big Lake 25 years ago and have since passed. I know you will still be with me in spirit.
Mom (Bernice Dreyer)
Jack Dreyer, Jr.