World Ocean Day Swim Media Release
13 May 2021
: 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
"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
"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."
"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
"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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swimmers will gather in numbers to show their support for World
Oceans Day Swim at Vetch's Beach on 5 June.
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
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