Swimming five channels in 38 days
Open water swimmer Tanmay Mahendra Sutar (b Jan 2, 2003) of Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra swam five channels in the Arabian Sea within 38 days from Jan 17 – Feb 23, 2020, of which he was the first to accomplish two, i.e. Karanja Port to Mandwa Beach (9 km) in 3:06:25 hr on Feb 3 and Elephanta Island to Belapur Port (12 km) in 3:20:10 hr on Feb 23, 2020. His other swimming feats included Elephanta Island to Gateway of India (12 km) in 4:24:31 hr on Jan 17, Dharamtar Port to Rewas Port (18 km) in 3:59:57 hr on Jan 31 and Elephanta Island to Kasa Island (15 Km) in 5:31:03 hr on Feb 17, 2020.
First to recite National Anthem solo at Mt Everest
Ratnesh Pandey (b May 12, 1985) of Satna, Madhya Pradesh, who climbed Mount Everest (8,848 m) at 6.30 am on May 21, 2016, sang the Indian National Anthem ‘Jana Gana Mana’ at the top of the world. He accomplished it braving all odds of the death zone, characterized by 70-80% less oxygen level, –40°C temperature, 40-50 km wind speeds and so on.
Fastest swimming with tied arms and legs
With both his arms and legs tied, Ratheesh Kumar R, aka ‘Dolphin Ratheesh’ (b May 15, 1982), Kovasseril, Kollam, Kerala swam 10 km in the TS Canal (National Waterway-3) in 3 hour 45 minutes on Dec 27, 2018. He started from Panikar Kadavu Bridge and reached Azheekal Ayiramthengu Bridge. The feat was undertaken as part of the ‘Save Alappad - Stop Mining’ campaign.
First Asian to swim Round Jersey & Jersey-to-France
Prabhat who swam 66 km around Jersey Island, United Kingdom in 10 hr 11 min on August 19, 2015, also completed his 25 km Jersey-to-France swim in 6 hr 54 min on July 5, 2018, becoming the first swimmer to cross both the cold channels.
Marathon sea swims in South Africa
In 2016, Prabhat completed six different open water swims around Cape Town, South Africa in less than a month.
Youngest / fastest Asian to solo swim Kaiwi Channel (Hawaii)
Prabhat crossed the Kaiwi Channel from Molokai to Oahu island in Hawaii, USA on June 7, 2017. He completed the 43-km challenge in 17 hr 22 min.
Youngest to solo swim Tsugaru Channel (Japan)
Prabhat crossed the Tsugaru Channel, Japan from Honshu to Hokkaido covering 30 km in 9 hr 52 min on Sept 11, 2017.
Youngest to swim North Channel (UK) solo
Prabhat Raju Koli (b July 27, 1999) of Mumbai swam the Irish Channel (North Channel) from Donaghadee in Northern Ireland to Scotland, UK on August 4, 2018. He completed the coldest (at 10-15o C) and dangerous challenge in 10 hr 41 min.
First Brahmaputra sailing expedition by NCC cadets
Lachit-1, the first Brahmaputra sailing expedition undertaken by a team of 60 NCC cadets, selected from various colleges in Assam, was flagged in at the Pandu Port, Guwahati on Oct 25, 2019. Organized by the NCC Directorate, Shillong, the expedition covered 220 km from Biswanath Charali to Guwahati in three sailing boats, provided by the NCC Naval Units. The Indian Army Eastern Command provided the safety and support vessels. During the 10-day journey, they also spread social awareness messages.
First Indian couple to reach the North Pole (900 N)
Badri Narayan Baldawa and Pushpa Baldawa of Goregaon (W), Mumbai became the first Indian couple to reach 900 N, North Pole at 11.57 pm on July 15, 2009. They first flew to Helsinki, Finland and then to Murmansk, Russia from where they boarded a cruise vessel to reach the North Pole.
Fastest motorcycling in a day
Fastest motorcycling in a day was accomplished by Mansing Shivajirao Desai of Islampur, Sangli, Maharashtra, who covered 2,454 km in just 23 hr 57 min on Dec 17, 2017. Riding a Triumph Tiger XRX (800 cc) bike, he took off from Islampur at 00.01 am, proceeded up to Thirunelveli in Tamil Nadu and back ending his journey at Hebbal-Sankeshwar, Karnataka at 11.58 pm the same day.
First bike rider to cover the Four Corners of India
The first ever two-wheeler expedition connecting the four extreme points of India was accomplished by R Chiranthana of Bengaluru, who covered 14,104 km in 785 hr 40 min (32 days 17 hr 40 min) Setting out from Bengaluru at 12.10 am on June 18, 2016 on a Yamaha FZS bike, he first reached the western extreme at Koteshwar, Gujarat on June 21, then proceeded towards the north end and touched Leh in Jammu & Kashmir on June 29, followed by the eastern end at Tezu, Arunachal Pradesh on July 8 and the southern end at Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu on July 17. He concluded the circular trip at Bengaluru at 5.50 pm on July 20, 2016.
Oldest to drive from Mumbai to London
Oldest Indian to successfully complete a Mumbai-London drive is Badri Narayan Baldawa (b June 5, 1945) of Goregaon (W), Mumbai, who covered a distance of 22,200 km across 19 countries in 72 days. He started from Mumbai, India on March 23, 2017 and reached London, UK on June 2, 2017. His wife Pushpa Baldawa and granddaughter Nishi Randive also accompanied him.
First Indian at 7 Emirates Run
Participating in the 7 Emirates, an ultramarathon held across all seven emirates of the Uunited Arab Emirates(UAE), Mumbai’s Mansoor Ali Shaikh(born Sep 29, 1974), currently based in Dubai, covered 575 km in 12 days from November 21 – December 2014 to become the first Indian to complete the Run. His actual running time was 73 hr 30 min. The desert run was organized with a mission to the children
Oldest woman participant in a Mumbai-London drive
Pushpa Baldawa (b June 1, 1954) of Goregaon (W), Mumbai is the oldest woman to have participated in a Mumbai-London drive which covered 22,200 km across 19 countries in 72 days. Accompanied by husband Badri Baldawa and granddaughter Nishi Randive, she started the journey from Mumbai, India on March 23, 2017 and reached London, UK on June 2, 2017.
First to win International Super Randonneur title
Sheetal Bambulkar, an endurance cyclist from Mumbai, won the International Super Randonneur (ISR) award on June 3, 2017, becoming the first Indian to do so. She successfully completed a series of four unsupported long distance cycling rides or brevets (200 km, 300 km, 400 km and 600 km) in four different countries within stipulated time frames as prescribed under the Randonneur Mondiaux code. The event was completed on two continents – Asia and Europe – and registered as ISR 2C.
First Indian couple to perform Arctic Polar Plunge
Badri Narayan Baldawa and Pushpa Baldawa of Goregaon (W), Mumbai became the first Indian couple to perform the Arctic Polar Plunge, a daring act of jumping into the icy waters of the polar region, at 11.20 am and 10.45 am respectively on July 16, 2009. They had reached the North Pole the previous day, via Helsinki (Finland) and Murmansk (Russia).
Youngest to travel Mumbai – London by road
On June 2, 2017, Nishi Randive (b April 25, 2007), a non-resident Indian based in the UK, became the youngest person to have travelled from Mumbai, India to London, UK by road, covering 22,200 km across 19 countries in 72 days. She had started the journey from Mumbai on March 23, 2017 and reached London on June 2, 2017. The 10-year-old girl was accompanied by grandparents Badri Baldawa and Pushpa Baldawa.
World’s largest contingent of school students to accomplish Everest Base Camp trek
A team of 25 students comprising 11 girls and 14 boys, aged between 7-16 years, from JGI Schools, Hyderabad, Telangana, India successfully completed Everest Base Camp Trek on Oct 18, 2017, becoming the world’s largest contingent of school children to do it. They started from Kathmandu, Nepal on Oct 10, 2017 and reached the Base Camp, situated 5,364 m above mean sea level, after nine days of trekking. The contingent, led by Chandrashekar D P was also accompanied by five adults including him.
First skydive wearing a sari
Padma Shri Shital Mahajan Rane of Pune, Maharashtra, who holds multiple records in skydiving, created another but very different record at Thai Skydiving Centre, Pataya, Thailand on Feb 12, 2018 – she skydived from an altitude of 13,000 ft wearing a traditional Maharashtrian sari (Nauvari)!
Longest trekking with prosthetic limb
Mahinder Singh Raghuwanshi, a physically challenged person from Mhow, Indore, Madhya Pradesh accomplished the longest high-altitude trek with the prosthetic as he covered 150 km across the Everest Base Camp (5,364 m), Kala Patthar (5,513 m), Chola Pass (5,368 m), Gokyo Ri (4,790 m) and Renjo Pass (5,360 m) in 14 days from April 28 – May 11, 2018
Longest motorbike ride in standing position
Shybee Mathew of Avinashi, Tirupur, Tamil Nadu became the first woman biker to accomplish the longest solo ride , in standing position as she covered over 3,000 km across 32 districts of Tamil Nadu in eight days from June 6-13, 2018. Her unique expedition titled ‘Natural Awareness with Women’s Development Standing Bike Ride’ started from Ooty and ended in Chennai.
World’s largest tractor servicing campaign in a day
Mahindra & Mahindra Customer Care team comprising Mohit Singh Rautela, Mandeep Kaur, Suryakant Verma and Pardeep Singh in association with 26 Mahindra dealers organized ‘Mahindra Tractor Yoga Divas’, the world’s largest tractor servicing programme in a day at multiple locations on June 21, 2018, the International Yoga Day. It involved a total of 252 workers who completed the task of servicing 2,236 tractors (as per the standard service checklist) at 26 locations across Uttar Pradesh, India in 10 hours from 8.00 am on the day.
Most free multi-adventure rides and launches
Group Captain Jai Pal Singh Chauhan has provided 1,33,925 free multi-adventure rides and launches to adventure enthusiasts at various multi-adventure camps organised by the Indian Air Force (IAF) between Feb 13, 2010 and August 14, 2018. The beneficiaries included enthusiasts from the IAF, other organisations, students and the general public. The camps were organised under the aegis of Eastern Air Command IAF Sports and Adventure Control Board and Directorate of Adventure Sports, Air Headquarters.
Largest adventure park
The world’s largest multi-adventure park with facilities for 62 land, air and water adventure sports activities was opened at Air Force Station, Bagdogra, West Bengal, under the aegis of Eastern Air Command, IAF and Directorate of Adventure Sports, Air Headquarters, on August 8, 2018. The unique park, mostly made of discarded materials, was planned and developed by Group Captain Jai Pal Singh Chauhan.
Largest adventure carnival by a school
World’s largest adventure carnival by a school was successfully conducted by Air Force School, Bagdogra, West Bengal at Air Force Station’s Adventure Park from August 9-14, 2018. The event, organized by Group Captain Jai Pal Singh Chauhan, witnessed 487 students of the school undertaking 17,908 multi-adventure rides/ launches under 48 different adventure activities.
Longest 8-shaped bike ride standing on a ladder
Major Pravesh Kumar (b June 4, 1991), a member of Indian Army Corps of Signals motorcycle rider display team Dare Devils, rode a 350 cc Royal Enfield bike balancing himself on a 10.5 ft tall ladder atop the motorcycle at the Indira Gandhi Ground in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh on Nov 29, 2018. He climbed the ladder while on the move and rode the bike in the figure of 8, covering 94.4 km in 4 hr 6 min 56 sec.
Longest sea swimming relay by youngest team
A team of six swimmers from Mumbai, comprising two boys, Atharva Sadanand Kulkarni (b April 11, 2006) and Raj Santosh Patil (b Jan 5, 2006), and four girls, Siddhi Premanand Kadam (b Oct 29, 2001), Kashish Ratan Tilwani (b Sept 7, 2004), Anagha Shivaji Shingade (b Sept 29, 2005) and Keenjal Amit Khatokar (b Oct 30, 2007) accomplished the longest open water sea swimming in relay format, covering 161 km in 43 hr 24 min 55 sec. They swam from Gateway of India to Dharamtar via Belapur and back from April 15-17, 2019.