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Ryan Stramrood

Tagline: Motivational Speaker

Speaker Highlights

  • Courage in the Face of Adversity: Ryan’s fearless pursuit of extreme swimming challenges demonstrates the power of courage in overcoming adversity.
  • Resilience and Perseverance: Through his journey, Ryan exemplifies the importance of resilience and perseverance in achieving our goals, both in and out of the water.
  • Mind Over Matter: By harnessing the power of the mind, Ryan teaches audiences how to conquer their fears and embrace discomfort as a catalyst for personal growth.
  • Inspiring the Next Generation: Ryan’s story resonates deeply with audiences of all ages, inspiring future generations to dream big and pursue their passions with unwavering determination.
  • A Call to Action: Beyond the thrill of extreme swimming, Ryan’s message serves as a call to action for individuals and organizations alike to push beyond their comfort zones and embrace the unknown possibilities that lie ahead.

Keynote Topics

I take my audiences on a journey with me. Through storytelling and strong visuals, Ryan Stramrood illustrates just how limited and governed we all are, in every aspect of our lives, by believing in our own limitations.

How we underachieve in our comfort zones and how each and everyone of us can push past impossible.

We’re all shaped and guided by ‘little impossibles’. Those things you’ve been telling yourself are not for you, are too much of a risk, things you might want to do but don’t because they’re hard, or too much effort or simply quite terrifying.

Think about what yours could be and then challenge them. You learn nothing in your comfort zone. You’ll get by and you’ll deliver nice predictable results from that safe place, but you’ll learn nothing.

Step outside, take a risk, prepare for it, work hard for it, and I promise you: you will learn something. It might not always be a happy lesson, but you will learn and you will use that learning to improve your life. On the other side, if you do succeed, you’ll realise, ‘I should have done this years ago!

Key Takeouts:

  • Pure inspiration and motivation illustrated through storytelling and incredible visuals
  • Goal setting and dealing with curveballs
  • The vital role of the perfect team
  • Push past impossible and live extraordinarily in all aspects of your life

The Grit Mindset Workshop is a new offering that Ryan Stramrood is uniquely positioned to conduct.

It is designed to combine emotion with message. Dramatically leveraging his inspirational story which impacts delegates and then immediately amplifies the strong messages and inspirational emotions via one-on-one/small group engagements and a practical (ice) exercise.

The workshop adds a powerful practical element, while unpacking Ryan’s inspirational keynote.


  • Power Message + High Emotion + Close Engagement + Practical Exercise = Real Behavioural Influence

These sessions were created to accommodate smaller groups in an informal conversational format. We find a suitable venue, preferably next to some water (pool or ocean) and we talk about failure! The idea of only sharing our success stories means we miss out on the more valuable lessons we learn from our failures.

Ryan Stramrood kicks things off with an epic tale of his attempt to become the first male to ever swim solo from Russia to the USA. This was one of his biggest and most useful life lessons, but also considered (by himself) as his greatest failure.

Being able to fall and get back up again, shows you have real grit and mental fortitude. We open the floor to the group to share their epic fails, with some friendly competition incorporated.

Travels From:

  • Cape Town, WC

Fee Range:

  • Fee Range: 35,001 - 50,000


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Video 1

Ryan Stramrood is not your typical adrenaline junkie. By day, he’s a dedicated small business owner and devoted family man, embodying the essence of an average Joe. However, beneath this seemingly ordinary exterior lies an extraordinary passion for ultra extreme open water and ice swimming. Ryan has carved out a reputation as a fearless adventurer, […]

Ryan Stramrood is not your typical adrenaline junkie. By day, he’s a dedicated small business owner and devoted family man, embodying the essence of an average Joe. However, beneath this seemingly ordinary exterior lies an extraordinary passion for ultra extreme open water and ice swimming.

Ryan has carved out a reputation as a fearless adventurer, pushing the boundaries of human endurance in some of the world’s most hostile environments. His journey is not just about conquering physical challenges; it’s a deeply personal odyssey, driven by a quest to explore the limits of human potential.

Ryan Stramrood | Motivational Speaker

Background and Expertise:

Ryan’s journey into the realm of extreme swimming began as a personal quest for self-discovery and resilience. Despite lacking any formal athletic background, he found solace and purpose in the icy waters of South Africa’s coastline. Over the years, Ryan honed his skills and gradually transitioned from local swims to tackling some of the planet’s most treacherous bodies of water. From the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to the unpredictable currents of the English Channel, Ryan has amassed a wealth of experience navigating the challenges of open water swimming.

His expertise extends beyond mere physical endurance; Ryan is a master at harnessing the power of the mind to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Drawing from his own experiences battling the elements, he delivers powerful insights on resilience, perseverance, and the importance of embracing discomfort as a catalyst for growth. Ryan’s presentations are not just about swimming; they’re about tapping into the untapped potential that lies within each of us, challenging audiences to push beyond their perceived limitations and embrace the unknown.

Why Event Planners Should Book Ryan Stramrood:

Event planners seeking to inspire and motivate their audience need look no further than Ryan Stramrood. With his captivating storytelling and unwavering determination, Ryan has a unique ability to captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Whether it’s a corporate conference, school assembly, or community event, Ryan’s message of courage and resilience resonates deeply with attendees, leaving a lasting impression long after the event has ended. By booking Ryan, event planners can guarantee an unforgettable experience that will inspire, educate, and empower their audience to embrace the challenges that lie ahead.

Why Book Through Speakers Inc:

When it comes to booking speakers for your next event, trust and reliability are paramount. With Speakers Inc, you can rest assured that you’re working with a team of seasoned professionals who are dedicated to ensuring the success of your event. With years of experience in the industry, Speakers Inc has cultivated a diverse roster of top-tier talent, including Ryan Stramrood. From initial booking to event logistics, their team handles every detail with precision and care, allowing you to focus on what matters most: delivering an unforgettable experience for your audience.


In a world filled with uncertainty and adversity, Ryan Stramrood serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration. Through his remarkable journey as an ultra extreme open water and ice swimmer, he has not only defied the odds but has also unlocked the true potential of the human spirit. His story reminds us that no challenge is too great, no obstacle too daunting, as long as we have the courage to dive headfirst into the unknown.

As Ryan continues to push the boundaries of human achievement, he invites us all to join him on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.

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