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Newsletter 19
All it takes is all you've got!

18 February 2014

Gentle Reader

The CLDSA will be hosting the first of a series of talks on Tuesday 4th March 2014 at Oceana Powerboat Club (6pm for a 6.30 start). Otto Thaning will talk for about 40 minutes on Cold Water Swimming Tolleration And Adaptation, with another 20 minutes for Q & A. There will be no charge. Please RSVP to Martin at martin@torus.co.za

Members who wish to attend are asked to bring along their boatmen and observers. Before Otto starts, we will have a quick talk to the swimmers, observers and boatmen about the responsibilities of the observer. We feel this has become critical because a swimmer that should have been pulled out of the water a couple of weeks ago went temporarily blind due to hyperthermia!

CLDSA wishes the Ice Team all the best for their imminent trip to the Antarctic. Go boys, go! Did someone mention Orca?

CLDSA have also set up a Facebook page which could use a bit of TLC. The address is www.facebook.com/Capelongdistanceswimmingassociation.

The next in the Freedom Swim Series is the Brian Curtis Mile at the beautiful Elgin Dam (in Grabouw) on Saturday 15 March. Online entries are open at www.ntri.co.za.

Don't forget that you can now apply online to do a swim, and pay via credit card at www.ntri.co.za. Note that this facilty replaces the previous swim application on the CLDSA web site which is no longer available.

See you in the (tidal) pool!


Sharkie in the Tidal Pool

Tidal Pool

A couple of weeks ago I went for my morning constitutional in the local pool. A reef shark suddenly appeared beneath me, less than a meter away, swimming in the opposite direction. I froze, waiting for the inevitable, but not seeing any blood in the water, I turned and followed it around the pool, taking careful note of its shape and fins. It was probably just over a meter long and would pause every now and then to check me out, wary but presumably friendly. I have seen plenty of sand sharks whilst diving, but seeing a real one close up was... interesting!