10 km cold water swim for South Africa’s extreme swimmers

The Ripple Effect in association with hosts Shelley Point Hotel Spa and Country Club and Realtors International will once again be making the hugely successful Deep Blue Invitational Swim a reality on 12 and 13 October 2012.

30 of South Africa’s most accomplished extreme swimmers have been invited to swim the 10 KM event at Shelley Point, which will be held in the icy waters near St Helena Bay, on the west Coast.

The swimmers can expect water temperatures ranging between 11 – 14 degrees C and they will be prepared to spend around 2 ½ – 4 hours in the water to complete the extreme swim.

Channel rules will apply to the 10 K swim and that means no wetsuits will be allowed. Swimmers may wear a single standard swimming cap, goggles and a regulation Speedo type costume

“We invite only the most committed, dedicated and passionate open water swimmers who have a proven record in long distance extreme swimming” said organiser Tony Enderli, the organiser of the event.

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“An impressive field of swimmers have accepted their invitations this year and we have cold water specialists like Ram Barkai swimming as well as speedsters like Phil Emslie has entered.

For the first time we even have an Eastern Cape swimmer, Brenton Williams taking part, who will be attempting to complete the 10 K just swimming butterfly”, added Enderli.

There is also a 3 K swim taking place on Saturday at Shelley Point. More information can be obtained by visiting the website www.deepblueinvitational.com

The beneficiary for the 2012 event is once again Dale Buddies – an amazing corporate social investment project initiated and overseen by the Shelley Point Hotel Spa and Country Club.

In 2011 the funds raised for Dale Buddies from the Deep Blue Invitational were used to launch a programme whereby young kids living in the underprivileged areas in St Helena Bay are taught swimming and important life skills.

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