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DANGER POINT
first swim:

2004 Carina Bruwer

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fastest crossing:

2004 Carina Bruwer

SWIM LOCATION: Danger Point

Danger Point, about 2 hours drive from Cape Town, is situated on the Southern point of Walker Bay near the village of Gansbaai, the world capital of Great White Shark diving which takes place around the nearby Dyer Island. Dyer Island lies about 10km from Danger Point which must make this one of the most dangerous swims in the world.

LEVEL: Expert
DISTANCE: 11km
AVERAGE TEMP: 15°C
RECORD HOLDER: Carina Bruwer
RECORD DATE: 11 August 2004
RECORD TIME: 3:16

 

HISTORY:

The Danger Point swim has only been achieved on one occasion, by Capetonian swimmer Carina Bruwer, on 11 August 2004 as part of South Africa's Women's Day celebrations. No sharks were sited on the swim, and Carina's biggest problem was coping with jelly fish and swimming against heavy chop around the point. The boat support for the swim was provided by Gansbaai Scuba and Adventure and the crew included a pilot, a professional paramedic, and a safety diver.

Carina swam a distance of 11km from Romansbaai on the western side, around Danger Point to Kruismansbaai in a time of 3:16. The water temperature varies between 15 and 19 degrees.

For those contemplating this swim you should note that Dyer Island is about 10km due east of the point. A little known fact is that several abalone poachers have been killed by Great Whites in this area.

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