In 2014, Jamie Douglas-Hamilton set two Guinness World Records by rowing 5,000 miles across the vast Indian Ocean, all the way from Australia to Africa.



The Journey

On their journey, Jamie’s crew of six pulled more than a million strokes, battling against strong currents, unpredictable storms and even a hurricane. With rowing broken into two-hour shifts around the clock, each crew member burned 10,000 calories a day and had to drink up to 13 litres of water – sometimes leading to vivid hallucinations and even loss of consciousness

Extreme Conditions

To counter these extreme conditions, the crew started to mix their fresh water with a small amount of salt water, in order to replenish essential minerals. They believed this had a dramatic positive effect, enabling them to hydrate, replenish lost minerals and complete their voyage

A Dramatic Experience

It was this dramatic experience in the middle of the Indian Ocean that inspired Jamie to find out all he could about hydration and launch a new and different brand of water that would encourage more people to live an active, balanced lifestyle.


Following extensive worldwide research, Jamie discovered that the Japanese have a water that is ionised, supercharging it to create high pH alkaline water. They call this ‘waterfall water’ because of the change of electrical charge created by rushing water in a waterfall. This discovery sparked a desire for Jamie to bring ionised, alkaline water to Europe and so the Actiph Journey began.