Oceanducks was established to encourage ocean swimming as a way to good health, strong body, and serenity of spirit. Our vision is that through regular swimming encounters, we can rally the young and the not so young to partake in this wonderful communion with the ocean.
Oceanducks was founded by Luis Emilio Casanueva in his hometown of Zapallar, Chile where he developed his passion for ocean swimming. Later he energized the swimming community in Santa Barbara, California where he lived and worked for many years. In 2006 Emilio founded the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association to support and record individual swimmers and relay teams crossing the Santa Barbara Channel. In 2008 Emilio was recognized as a Local Hero by the Santa Barbara Independent for his tireless effort to promote physical fitness, self empowerment, and environmental awareness throughout Santa Barbara County.