Inaugural Electric Eel Swim
Weekends have never looked busier! Loads of swimmers turned out for the first Electric Eel Swim Series, under a moody Table Mountain .
Organiser Jon Vickers, a former Royal Marine Commando and Navy Diver, coaches Nippers at the Big Bay Surf Lifesaving Club. He is passionate about the ocean and wants to help others experience the power of open-water swimming. Jon also offers skills clinics, which include entry and exit through waves, sighting and reading currents and tides.
The aim of the swim series is to introduce novices to open water swimming in a safe and controlled environment.
Course: A mile course in Big Bay from Scissors to around the rocks at Calmers and back to Scissors. Plus an 800m. Do as many loops as you like from 7am to 9am
Prizes: We will record who does the most miles in a year for a prize. Fun prizes for your first 20 miles swam and 50 and so forth.
Social: I have been approached by a number of youth swimmers whom I have inspired and encouraged to challenge themselves for RI crossings and Langebaan. I will also set up swim clinics for tri-athletes on surf entry and surf exits, as well as teaching swimmers to swim in surf for future swim comps.
Costs: To cover fuel of a boat during the swims. Looking for any further sponsors. I would also like to do a clean-up swim of Big Bay and Little Bay to raise awareness of pollution in the oceans.