World Ocean Day Swim Media Release

 No: WODS2101

13 May 2021

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Written By : Dave Macleod

Durban swimmers rally around World Ocean Day

Durban - With ocean swimming gaining popularity in Durban, swimmers have been invited to join in a show of solidarity at the World Oceans Day Swim at Vetch's Beach on Saturday 5 June.

The event is the brainchild of top swimmer and physiotherapist Sarah Ferguson, who champions the Breathe ocean conservation movement, and will offer swims of 800m, 1,6km, 3,2km and a full 5km swim.

"The aim of this event is to create awareness of the problem of plastic in the ocean and to encourage ocean users to be mindful of the impact that their daily choices have on the ocean," said Ferguson.

"Breathe's whole philosophy is to eliminate throw-away plastic pollution and all unnecessary plastic," she explained. "We encourage people to live deeply and tread lightly.

"We want people to follow their passion, while being mindful of their environment while doing so.

"There is so much each of us can do to help, like not taking a disposal coffee cup, but rather bringing your own cup. The same with bottled water, or single use plastic straws, and just getting into the habit of picking up plastic when you find it." she said.

"That's all part of becoming a powerful consumer. As consumers, we dictate what producers produce," she pointed out.

"Look at any beach around the world and you will see the amount of plastic that is washing up. The impact that that has on our environment is huge," Ferguson added.

"World Oceans Day is an international day of recognition where we plan to create awareness of the importance of our oceans and the importance of protecting our oceans.

"As a swimmer and an ocean lover it is a fantastic chance to share our love of the ocean and create awareness of the things that are harming the ocean," she said.

"All the funds raised from the swim will towards the projects that Breathe is running," she explained.

"The main project is educational - going into our schools. We have given 500 copies of John McCarthy's book 'Swimming Easter Island' that documents my circumnavigation of the island. One school already has it as part if it's curriculum and another two are on standby," she said.

"We are about to launch our slip-slop projects that involves recycling slip-slops through Lizzard and an EVA factory that recycles every part of the slip-slops.

"We run monthly beach clean-ups with Zebra Shark Adventures, which forms part of the international Blue Communities working to protect the oceans," she added. "We snorkel the Vetch's Reef to clean it, and we run guided walks as well.

"We have started guided walks on the Philocaly Trail, which offers guided walks with a snorkel at the end of one of the days.

"A brand new project will also be announced on World Oceans Day!" she added.

The World Oceans Day swim takes place on 5 June at the from the Point Yacht Club Beach Clubhouse.

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Durban swimmers will gather in numbers to show their support for World Oceans Day Swim at Vetch's Beach on 5 June.
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"As a swimmer and an ocean lover the World Oceans Day Swim is a fantastic chance to share our love of the ocean and create awareness of the things that are harming the ocean," said Sarah Ferguson. Supplied/
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