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Action packed open water swim season awaits

The open water swim season will start in November as Eastern Cape swimmers gear up for an action packed summer.

Marina Martinique is regarded by swimmers as one of the best venues in the world: Dirk Erasmus

Marina Martinique is regarded by swimmers as one of the best venues in the world: Dirk Erasmus

The first event will take place on 15 November at the world class open water swim venue of Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay.

The distances that can be swam are: 10 km, 5 km, 3 km, 1 km, 500m and a bank to bank swim for U10 swimmers who are trying out open water.

The event will be swam according to World Open Water Swim Association guidelines, which means that wetsuit swimmers will be catered for, as well as swimmers who wear the traditional Speedo type costumes.

The next event will take place on 29 November with a different format.

A 4 km, 2 km, 1 km, 500m and bank to bank swim distances will be available at Marina Martinique.

These distances will suit all Iron Man and half Iron Man athletes and will be swam over a 1 km route.

The premier event of the season – the Marina Mile, presented by Nicholas Melck will take place on 13 December. The traditional Mile will be swum, as well as a Double Mile, 500m and bank to bank swims.

“Open water swimming is growing and the Marina is regarded as one of the best swim venues in the world,” said organiser Brenton Williams.

“This season we will offer distances aimed at supporting the Iron Man and Half Iron Man athletes who swim 2 km and 4 km in their respective races.

We will also be catering for the swimmers who swim according to Channel Rules, which means wearing nothing more than a Speedo type costume, goggles and a swim cap.”

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Entries have opened for all the events at www.swimmingplus.com.

Open water swim training started this week at Marina Martinique. Training sessions take place every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 5:45 pm from the Marina Wharf restaurant.

More information can be obtained via brenton@jbaynews.com

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