Swim on! Keep going! How did the idea come about for me to swim the various channels of the world?
Just like lots of kids, I was looking for a sport that was fun. And from ballet to athletics, I tried out my fair share of sports.
At the age of 5, I went to my first swimming lessons and knew straight away that that was the sport for me!
I trained every day, competing at the weekends and finally ending up at the German Championships.
At each training session and in every competition, I took myself to my limits – and that was a great feeling.
When, aged 18, I came across a book that had left an impression on me as a child, it became clear that this was exactly what I wanted to do. The book was about an impressive female open water swimmer, who had swum the English Channel as well as lots of other channels around the world. I decided to go after exactly this goal and started training for it straight away.
Soon after adapting my training to my new goals, I wanted to make my first open-water swimming attempt, so I signed up for the Lake Constance crossing.
I swam at a pace that I could keep up for the distance of around 12 km – and it worked! After 2.5 hours, I arrived at the opposite shore of the lake, heralding the first milestone in my new career as an open water swimmer. And there are still many more crossings that await me, around the world.



Open Water Champion Nathalie Pohl joins RESTUBE

With a high growth invest Restube brings Nathalie Pohl, daughter of DVAG-CEO Andreas Pohl, as strategic partner with strong connection to water on board. RESTUBE will make millions of people have a better time around water and save thousands of lives.

Press release Karlsruhe, September 2018



Phenomenal success in the Big Apple

Extreme swimmer Nathalie Pohl triumphs in the legendary „20 Bridges Swim“ in Manhattan as fastest of all swimmer.

Pressemitteilung Marburg, 03 of July 2018



Rottnest Channel Swim

On Saturday Nathalie Pohl starts at one of the world's largest open water swimming events near Perth, Western Australia. The Rottnest Channel is a 19.7 km long open water swim that goes from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island.

Rottnest Island is known for its quokkas, beautiful beaches and unspoiled nature. Before sunrise, the swimmers gather at Cottesloe Beach and start the 19.7 km long route on their support boats. How well the swimmers will cope in the water depends, among other things, on the water and air temperatures.

The event – with approximately 2,400 participants from all over the world – takes place every February. It is one of the most important annual events in Perth.

The idea behind this swimming race is a very interesting little story: Rottnest Island served as a prison many years ago. Rumor has it that some of the prisoners from Rottnest Island fled, swimming back to the mainland and taking short breaks on Carnac and Garden Island. So it happened, that the myth eventually was turned into a prestigious event.

Nathalie is already in Australia, acclimatizing and preparing physically and mentally for the swimming with the help of her coaches.

Nathalie Pohl