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Ernst Bromeis will be swimming 800 kilometres across Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal Expedition

21.3.2019 0:00   BWT Buckinghamshire

Water is precious and planet Earth’s most sacred resource. That is the message BWT, Europe’s leading water technology company, has been sending out to their customers. It is a message that millions need to pay attention to and what better way to help spread this message than by supporting and collaborating with the ambassador of water himself, Ernst Bromeis

Ernst Bromeis Lake Baikal Russia


Starting on 8th July, Bromeis, a Swiss extreme athlete, will be swimming 800 kilometres across Lake Baikal, the largest and deepest freshwater lake on Earth. This spectacular expedition is Ernst’s way of highlighting why it is so important to preserve and protect water. BWT will be by his side throughout the expedition, offering their support for the project. 


The project was launched during the Open Forum at the World Economic Forum in Davos. When asked why BWT chose to be a part of this expedition, Lutz Hübner, Head of Marketing for BWT Group, had this to say: 


“We want to raise awareness of the fact that water is a resource worth protecting. BWT’s water purification solutions help reduce plastic waste and protect the environment with every sip. From table water filters to water filter units to faucets and compact water cooler solutions for the home, BWT’s pioneering magnesium technology turns good-quality tap water into outstanding Magnesium Mineralized Water.”

This expedition will by no means be straightforward. Months of planning has already started before the project begins in July. With both Bromeis and BWT working together to plan the expedition and work out the safest possible routes. BWT will also be on the ground to support the extreme athlete during his swim by taking care of water purification and his drinking water supply, among other things. 

Lake Baikal Expedition


The 51-year-old athlete not only plans to swim the length of the 800 kilometres along the Eastern shore of the Siberian Lake, but will be doing so by relying solely on his own strength, whilst being accompanied by a team of three to four people on land. Bromeis will also be facing unpredictable weather conditions, with waves expected to surge up to a metre high. If the expedition succeeds within the two months it has been planned in, Bromeis will become the first person to have swum the length of the largest freshwater lake on Earth. 


Despite all the challenges Bromeis is likely to face during this project, he is determined to get to the finish line. He has made a name for himself in recent years, as a ‘water ambassador’ and wants to encourage others to follow the same path. This is not the first time Ernst has attempted a project like this. In 2008, he swam across 200 lakes in his native canton of Graubünden; two years later, he crossed the largest lake in each one of Switzerland's cantons. In addition, in 2014, he swam along the Rhine from its source to the sea. 


"We are united in our passion for protecting water. We are proud to be able to stand by Ernst Bromeis’ side as a partner," says Lutz Hübner.

For more information, please visit: www.bwtlakebaikal.com

Lake Baikal Russia

Lake Baikal Facts


Lake Baikal is the oldest (25 million years) and deepest (1700m) lake in the world. 



The lake was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. 


It contains 20% of the world’s total unfrozen freshwater reserve.



The water of Lake Baikal is renowned for being some of the clearest in the world. When the lake freezes over in the winter, ice on Lake Baikal, in many places, is completely transparent.

Lake Baikal is home to more than 2,000 species of plants and animals, two-thirds of which can only be found in the lake, including the Baikal omul fish and Baikal oil fish as well as the Baikal nerpa, one of the world’s only freshwater species of seal. 


Lake Baikal Russia

The area of Lake Baikal is about equal to the area of a whole country – Belgium.


Lake Baikal experiences difficult weather conditions with storms causing waves of up to 4-5 metres high.
Lake Baikal Expedition Ernst Bromeis