The Wild Swim is scheduled to take place in five stages between April 26 - May 2, with swimming only taking place in favourable and clear sea conditions.
For safety reasons the pilot swim has been restricted to ten open water swimmers who will be accompanied by safety kayakers, two safety boats, a jetski rescue operator and a small pod of experienced Ocean Guardian divers equipped with Freedom7 shark shields – the world’s only scientifically proven electrical shark deterrent. Associated aerial surveillance and HD drone footage is to be provided by renowned adventure sports cameraman and safety officer, Gordon Date, who is directing the safety team in association with Med-Evac, the NSRI and SAPS.
Accommodation is to be provided to the swimmers and the safety team at community-owned homestays along the route.
The ten pioneering Wild Swimmers venturing into these relatively uncharted and sharky waters are:
Tony Sellmeyer, former Marathon runner turned open water endurance swimmer and veteran of more than 50 Robben Island Crossings
Andrew Chin, one of five South African swimmers who were first in the world to swim around the Icy Waters of Cape Horn
Mike Loewe, the night news editor at Daily Dispatch.
Brad Ray, the founder of the Kydrin Foundation.
Mervyn Bremner, co-founder of the 8 Mile Club.
Marcelle Webber, aka Splash, a renowned South African sprint and long distance swimmer.
Craig Bishop, a Cape Town based journalist keen to also tackle the Robben Island Channel Swim.
Stan Kozlowski, the founder of the 8 Mile Club.
Abigail Ray, a former East Coast dee-jay who traded in a life behind the mic for swimming costumes, caps & swimming flippers.
Fred Kockott, the founding director of Roving Reporters, who sparked this all.
+3 reserve swimmers (To be announced)
FEATURED IMAGE: Marcelle Webber aka Splash, who recently won three gold medals at the International Ice Swimming Championships in Murmansk, Russia, is among the pilot pod of Wild Swimmers.