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BWT Lake Baikal Expedition BWT Lake Baikal Expedition

Ernst Bromeis had to stop the BWT Lake Baikal ex­pe­di­tion due to health rea­sons

On 11 July 2019, Ernst Bromeis began his 900-kilo­me­tre swim across the full length of Lake Baikal in order to raise aware­ness of water as a re­source and the re­duc­tion of plas­tic water bot­tles.

He ex­pect­ed to ful­fil his mis­sion with­in two months dur­ing the Siber­ian sum­mer. After 10 days, Ernst Bromeis suf­fered health is­sues and, due to ab­nor­mal­i­ties in his heart rate, he de­cid­ed to can­cel the ex­pe­di­tion.

With his de­ci­sion to swim the en­tire length of Lake Baikal, Ernst Bromeis chose a nat­ur­al set­ting that could not have been more sym­bol­ic. There is no bet­ter sym­bol to raise aware­ness of water as a re­source.

Ernst Bromeis Ernst Bromeis

Lutz Hübner, CMO of the BWT Group, said that with his many years of per­son­al com­mit­ment to water Ernst Bromeis is a role model for lots of peo­ple and BWT was de­light­ed to be his Lake Baikal ex­pe­di­tion part­ner. That he has had to stop the BWT Lake Baikal ex­pe­di­tion on health grounds is a great pity and ex­treme­ly re­gret­table.

"Nevertheless, the state of physical health of our athlete, who is also father of a wonderful family, is much more important than any expedition could ever be."
Lutz Hübner - CMO
Lutz Hübner also points out “that it goes without saying that we still have to act now!” And BWT will not stop to demonstrate against plastic waste and is working daily on perfect product solutions for so called Bottle Free Zones.

BWT Lake Baikal Ex­pe­di­tion


Our water is in dan­ger. Bot­tled and dis­trib­uted thou­sands of kilo­me­tres around the globe. Don’t you think it’s sad that one of the main water pol­luters is our fa­vourite water pack­ag­ing: plas­tic? Water is life. It is part of you. Our ex­is­tence de­pends on it. We have to pro­tect it. It is high time that we act now to raise aware­ness of the dra­mat­ic sit­u­a­tion we are cur­rent­ly in.


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Ernst Bromeis dares to meet na­ture at eye level, tak­ing the risk of being de­stroyed by what he tries to pro­tect. You can tell: Ernst Bromeis, Swiss ex­treme ath­lete and ad­ven­tur­er, is on a mis­sion. He swims for our lives. His lone jour­ney will take him 900 kilo­me­tres across Lake Baikal in order to raise aware­ness for the re­duc­tion of plas­tic water bot­tles. But the dan­ger lies not only in the sheer dis­tance he plans to cover:

“The last 300 kilo­me­tres of Lake Baikal are re­al­ly dan­ger­ous.”
Ernst Bromeis

Fol­low Ernst

Follow Ernst Bromeis on his 900 kilometres swim across the largest fresh water lake on Earth.

The Siber­ian na­ture around Lake Baikal, though strik­ing­ly beau­ti­ful, does not spe­cial­ise in hos­pi­tal­i­ty. The water tem­per­a­ture is often in the sin­gle dig­its (Cel­sius, mind you!). For a good deal of the jour­ney, wild bears and tall cliffs will keep Ernst Bromeis from tak­ing naps on land. Mak­ing it hard­er to rest and warm up, which will take his strength and phys­i­cal health to a mer­ci­less test.

Fur­ther­more, rapid­ly chang­ing weath­er con­di­tions with un­pre­dictable spells of fog will force him to nav­i­gate alone, using his in­ter­nal com­pass. Apro­pos alone: once he is in the water of Lake Baikal Ernst Bromeis will be en­tire­ly on his own and with­out any as­sis­tance ex­cept for a small team on land.

"There are some areas where you are just not able to go ashore.”
Ernst Bromeis
Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal

Thus, should he suc­ceed, he will be the first per­son to have swam the length of the largest fresh­wa­ter lake on Earth.

With his de­ci­sion to swim the en­tire length of Lake Baikal, Ernst Bromeis chose a nat­ur­al set­ting as sym­bol­ic as can be. The Lake Baikal is the deep­est and old­est lake on Earth. It con­tains 20% of the fresh­wa­ter re­sources of our plan­et. There is no bet­ter sym­bol to raise aware­ness for the re­duc­tion of plas­tic water bot­tles. Ernst Bromeis wants all of us to to feel con­nect­ed to the blue of our plan­et.

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