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There are two main frontiers in the world of open water swimming. One of those frontiers is how far can be swam and the other is how cold can the water be.
In South Africa, the cold debate was largely irrelevant outside of Cape Town but with more and more swimmers attempting swims like Robben Island, the question of how cold is cold has become increasingly topical.
Since open water swimming starting in Jeffreys Bay in the mid 1990′s, perceptions about how cold is cold have changed quite dramatically.
For many years open water swimming stopped towards the end of March when the canal water temperature dropped below 20 degrees C and only started again in October, once the 20 degree mark was breached.
That all changed in 2011 as Jeffreys Bay swimmers began training for Robben Island swims and suddenly water of 12 – 13 degrees C was sought after, with swimmers coming through from Port Elizabeth to swim in the chilly canals.
Daily News of Open Water Swimming reported on a poll conducted among open water swimmers about how cold is cold. The results were:
Under 5ºC (41ºF) – 0%
Under 10ºC (50ºF) – 7%
Under 12.5°C (54.5°F) – 14%
Under 15°C (59°F) – 20%
Under 17.5°C (63.5°F) – 24%
Under 20°C(68°F) – 15%
Under 22.5°C (72.5°F) – 17%
After hosting events in Marina Martinique since 2002, it was great for the Club to see the Marina receive recognition from Swim South Africa when the 2011 SA Open Water Swim Champs was held in J’Bay.
Olympic swimmers Natalie Du Toit, Chad Ho and Thoyden Prinsloo were joined by over a hundred swimmers from all over South Africa for the Champs.
Natalie won both the 10 K and the 5 K in the event which also doubled up as a World Champs qualifier.
She also took time out to visit the swimmers at training and signed autographs for everybody!
South Africa’s world 10 K swim champ Chad Ho made it three wins out of three at the 2011 Redhouse River Mile. Chad is a genuine medal contender for South Africa at the next Olympic Games.
For full results of the 2011 Spar Redhouse River Mile, click here
The swim club in conjuction with Brenton’s Swim School is now on Face Book. Keep up to date with what is happening in and around the pool with all lessons, from squad training to open water.
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The year has got off to a flying start with lots of new swimmers and old back to the pool for an exciting year of Learn to Swim at the Training Edge gym in Jeffreys Bay.
Some of our little swimmers even tackled the Bank to Bank swim at the Steers Marina Mile. Aiden De Villiers had a great swim and is looking at winning his first ever bank to bank title at the next event on 26 March at Marina Martinique.
There are very few gaps open for Learn to Swim so email firstname.lastname@example.org if you still want to enter the programme this term.
The bad weather experienced over the past few days is keeping the water temp on the chilly side in the Marina Canals.
We are looking at starting open water training on Friday afternoon at 4 PM. Everyone to meet at the Phase 2 gate. Thats trhe gate closest to the Aston Bay road.
Cost is R 40 per session for non swim club members.
See you there.
The Swim Club recently held a mini gala at the Training Edge Gym that was well supported by the Club’s winter swimmers.
Due to the Swim Club training indoors over the winter, the format of the gala was sprints, with a number of the Club’s Penguin and Dolphin Squads participating in their first ever gala.
Swim coach, Brenton Williams said that it was the perfect environment to introduce some of the swimmers who are only 5 years old to the competitive side of swimming.
“We worked on one length (12.5m) races for the little ones at training and they all swam so well. Joma Kriek, who has recently been promoted to the Penguin Squad had a great gala, as did Jonathan Bester and David Vos”.
Bleyton Smit from the Dolphins showed he has potential to become a great breaststroke swimmer while Christy Bester also swam well.
The bigger swimmers showed that hard work in the pool pays off with Andre Saunders knocking off 7 seconds off his previous best 25m butterfly time. ‘Andre has really come a long way in his swimming and is determined to improve his times”, said Brenton.
Michelle Strydom has also trained hard this winter and has developed a nice stroke which has seen her starting to swim faster, according to her coach. Andre Olivier also impressed as did Becky Baard in her first club gala.
Danie and Pieter Ellis hardly ever miss a training session and this showed in their results. Junior won 5 out of 7 races while younger brother Pieter who was competing against the older swimmers, scooped 2 x second places and 2 x third places in his races.
Mark Petrellis and Bailey Robertson swam a time trial after the gala and both recorded some fast times.
The Swim Club is waiting for the water in the canals at Marina Martinique to warm up before they start their summer open water swim training. The first event of the EP Open Water Swim Series takes place at the Marina in front of the LaCaribe flats on 3 October.
Christi, Jonothan and Ewan Bester have something thing in common……..they all love water!! From Ewan who cries when he has to get out of the pool after his lesson to Christi who has just been promoted to the Dolphin Squad at Brenton’s Swim School, swim days are the best days of the week for the Besters.
Check out the full story at jbaynews.com
There are limited places available at the Swim School for those who need to learn to swim in a secure and uplifting environment. Ph 083 5496795 or email email@example.com
Yesterday, the Swim Club decided to go to Main Beach and do some bodysurfing as it was a nice day with a big swell running. The Club hosts an open water swim series during the summer months at Marina Martinique, including the ever popular Marina Mile