Ryan Stramrood

Tagline: Motivational Speaker

Talent Highlights

  • Extreme Adventurer: Ryan’s passion for ultra-extreme open water and ice swimming has taken him to some of the most inhospitable places on Earth, where he has pushed the limits of human endurance.
  • Small Business Owner: Despite his adventurous pursuits, Ryan remains grounded as a small business owner, bringing a unique perspective on leadership and resilience to his speaking engagements.
  • Family Man: Balancing his passion for extreme swimming with his responsibilities at home, Ryan exemplifies the importance of maintaining a strong support system and staying grounded amidst life’s challenges.
  • International Recognition: Ryan’s achievements as an athlete have garnered international recognition, solidifying his reputation as a leading authority in the world of extreme swimming.
  • Inspirational Speaker: With a captivating story of triumph over adversity, Ryan motivates audiences to push beyond their own limits and embrace the transformative power of perseverance and determination.

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, SA

Fee Range:

  • Fees: R50,000 - R75,000



Video 1

Ryan Stramrood is not your typical business owner. Hailing from South Africa, he embodies the essence of a family man and average Joe, yet his passion for ultra-extreme open water and ice swimming sets him apart as a true adventurer. Despite running a small business, Ryan finds solace and purpose in pushing the limits of […]

Ryan Stramrood is not your typical business owner. Hailing from South Africa, he embodies the essence of a family man and average Joe, yet his passion for ultra-extreme open water and ice swimming sets him apart as a true adventurer. Despite running a small business, Ryan finds solace and purpose in pushing the limits of human endurance, venturing into some of the world’s most hostile environments.

His journey is not just about conquering physical challenges but also about confronting personal demons, making him a speaker with a unique perspective on resilience, determination, and the power of the human spirit.

Ryan Stramrood | Motivational Speaker

Background and Expertise:

Born and raised in South Africa, Ryan Stramrood’s fascination with extreme swimming began as a personal challenge. Over the years, he has amassed a wealth of experience in tackling some of the most treacherous waters on the planet. From swimming across the icy waters of Antarctica to braving the currents of the English Channel, Ryan’s exploits have garnered international acclaim. His deep understanding of the mental and physical demands of extreme swimming makes him a sought-after authority in the field.

Ryan’s expertise extends beyond mere physical prowess. As a small business owner, he understands the importance of effective leadership, teamwork, and adaptability. Through his experiences in both the boardroom and the open water, Ryan offers valuable insights into overcoming obstacles, fostering resilience, and achieving success against all odds.

In addition to his achievements as an athlete and entrepreneur, Ryan is also a dedicated family man. Balancing his passion for extreme swimming with his responsibilities at home, he exemplifies the importance of maintaining a strong support system and staying grounded amidst life’s challenges.

Why Event Planners Should Book Ryan Stramrood:

Event planners seeking to inspire and motivate their audience need look no further than Ryan Stramrood. His captivating story of triumph over adversity resonates with people from all walks of life, leaving a lasting impression long after the event has ended. Whether speaking about the importance of perseverance in the face of adversity or the transformative power of setting audacious goals, Ryan’s message is both compelling and relatable.

Why Book Through Speakers Inc:

Booking Ryan Stramrood through Speakers Inc ensures a seamless and professional experience from start to finish. With years of experience in the industry, Speakers Inc has built a reputation for representing some of the most captivating and dynamic speakers in the world. Their meticulous attention to detail and commitment to excellence guarantee that your event will be a resounding success.


In conclusion, Ryan Stramrood’s journey from average Joe to ultra-extreme swimmer is a testament to the indomitable human spirit. Through his courage, determination, and unwavering resilience, he has not only conquered the world’s most hostile environments but also inspired countless others to push beyond their own limits. As a speaker, Ryan’s message of hope, perseverance, and the power of the human spirit is one that will resonate with audiences for years to come.

How profoundly the body reacts and the speed of its shut down. How painful the recovery process is and, of course, how unbelievably exhilarating the feeling is once the body returns to normal temperature and how the adrenaline pumps through Ryan Stramrood veins.

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