World Ocean Day Swim Media Release
2 June 2021
: Dave Macleod
World Ocean Day Swim on track for safe and compliant roll-out
Durban - The organisers of
the World Oceans Day Swim in Durban on Saturday 5 June are
confident that they can stage the event to its full capacity,
following the country moving to Covid-19 lockdown level two on
Riding the surge of interest in the Dolphin Mile swims, the
World Oceans Day Swim offers a choice of 800m, 1,6km, 3,2km and
a full 5km swim, which the organisers say is the key to enabling
them to stage the event in full compliance and with the safety
of every swimmer a priority.
“Each of the races start in its own batch and once in the ocean
the swimmers spread out quickly, so we will be well inside the
threshold of 250 people gathered at the event at any one time,”
said Sarah Ferguson, who’s Breathe NPO is the organiser and
beneficiary of the swims.
“There has been an unbelievable amount of interest in doing the
swims this Saturday,” said Ferguson, adding that a number of
athletes in Durban for the Iron Man on Sunday are keen to take
part as a warm-up on the same ocean swim course, with the
forecast weather conditions looking excellent for the swims.
She added that she was fully confident that swimmers would fully
comply with the lockdown regulations expected of them as this
resonates with the core ethos of the event.
“We want people to be responsible, to respect one another and
respect our oceans,” she said, pointing out that behavioural
changes are what was needed to stem the problem of pollution in
“Wear a mask until you are just about to be called to the water,
but do not bring a disposable mask, but rather a cloth mask that
you can tuck into your costume,” she said.
“Bring your own cup for a coffee afterwards. Pick up litter when
you see it in the sea or on the beach. These are the habits we
need to teach to everyone to help save our oceans,” she
Ferguson said that the interest in being part of the World
Oceans Day Swim created an excellent platform to carry out the
vital educational role that Breathe strives to deliver.
“The other objective for the day is to raise funds to help us
continue our education initiatives, but we want people to make
those donations online at home via our website so that we don’t
create congestion on the day.
“There will be no prize-givings
or social gathering, and swimmers will be asked to move off the
beach and away from the race venue once they have finished their
swim,” said Ferguson.
"Prizes will be handed to the respective winners as they leave
the water," explained Ferguson.
“Judging by the mood and excitement, people are amped! This
won’t dilute the energy and desire to make a statement as
Durbanites that we are serious about the future of our oceans,”
The World Oceans Day swim takes place on 5 June at the from the
Point Yacht Club Beach Clubhouse.
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swimmers have responded enthusiastically to the World
Oceans Day Swim at Vetch's Beach on 5 June. The organisers have
assured them that the event will be safe and fully compliant.
by the mood and excitement, people are amped! This won’t dilute
the energy and desire to make a statement as Durbanites that we
are serious about the future of our oceans," said
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