SGPT Interviews Cold Water & Ultramarathon Swimmer Ned Hastings

NAME: Ned Hastings


  • U.S. Coast Guard Veteran
  • High School Substitute Science Teacher & Biological Science Technician for the Army Corps of Engineers


  • Swam 23.6 Miles in Priest Lake Idaho, for 14 hours and 24 Minutes
  • Accomplished white water Kayaker
  • Climbed the highest mountains in the continental U.S. – Mt. Whitney, Mt. Rainier, & Mt. Adams

Ned Hastings was on the front page of the Spokesman Review August 1, 2019

The “Mighty” Columbia River, Tri-Cities WA is where most of my Open Water Swimming is done.

I grew up with a strong swimming background, but I didn’t do a lot of swimming as an adult until I reached the age of my early 50s in 2016.  It was only then, when a stranger approached me to help him train for the Waikiki Rough Water Swim.  I made a new friend (my “H2O Bro”) and discovered my passion for Open Water Swimming.

In 2017 I was practicing kundalini yoga through Jai Dev Singh’s interactive website.  During the fall 2017, I incorporated swimming to “Duck Island” for meditation purposes along with Jai Dev Singh’s 40 day “Magic Mantra” challenge.  When the 40 day meditation challenge ended, I was inspired to begin cold water acclimation.  I swam “exposed” without a wetsuit in the Columbia River all the way into January 2018.  My 2017 Fall cold water acclimation process is documented in my Instagram Account “baltic_of_kaniksu.”

With a new and unexpected confidence in tolerating cold water and dealing with my own mind, I pursued ultramarathon swimming under the Marathon Swimming Federation’s rules and regulations.  In July 21, 2019, I became the first person to swim unassisted and nonstop – Upper and Lower Priest Lake, ID, a 23.6 mile swim.

(No where to go but my own mind on Priest Lake Idaho)


(VIDEO – The Epic Swim of Priest Lake, Idaho)


(Conditions were great! Only 1/2 hour of boat traffic swells in 14 hours of swimming!)


(Barely past the halfway point. This was the worst part of my epic swim.)


(Wade Island – Pasco, Washington in the Mighty Columbia, December)
Air 32F/0C, Water 48F/9C

(I wish everyone could experience Columbia River sunrises in October the way I do!)

Learn more about Ned’s upcoming swimming adventures.
Visit: or Follow Ned on  Instagram >>


Seal Grinder PT was given a recent interview with Cold Water & Ultramarathon Swimmer Ned Hastings and is now available in this audio below: ( Click Play ) to hear some of the incredible stories about Ned’s 23.6 Mile Swim in Priest Lake, Idaho.


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