Challenge your fears
Africa's premier Indian Ocean swim.
Rated as one of the toughest Ocean Swims in the world, the Nelson Mandela Bay Bell Buoy Challenge takes place in the Indian Ocean waters of Algoa Bay - a potential World Heritage Site given that it's rich in both terrestrial and marine biodiversity. This ‘biodiversity hotspot’ is one of the unique dive sites in the world and is listed in the top four richest areas in the world in terms of biodiversity.
CAN YOU conquer your fears of the deep ocean and swim the Bell Buoy Challenge?
The epic Indian Ocean swim
This crossing (approximately 8km), first achieved by Eastern Cape solo swimmer Kyle Main when he did a solo double crossing during the 2009 MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival, has attracted some of the world greatest open water swimmers. Amongst these, past champions include Petar Stoychev (Bulgarian Olympic swimmer), Melissa Gorman (Australian Olympic swimmer and 2009 5km World Champion), Rok Kerin (Slovenian Champion) and SA Olympic swimmer Troy Prinsloo.
Where possible, the event will be run in accordance with FINA open water guidelines. We will once again have separate categories for swimmers with wetsuits and without.
Qualification & Minimum Age
All entrants, who haven't previously successfully completed the Bell Buoy Swim, are recommended to have completed a 5km open water swim between 1st November 2012 and 24th March 2013. The age limit for the Bell Buoy swim is a minimum of 14 years of age in accordance with the FINA rules for open water swimming (OWS 1.2).
Entrants failing to show proof of a qualifying swim by the 24th March 2013 will be withdrawn from the event and have 80% of their entry fee returned to them.
Support Craft will be on standby during the event. Personal support craft of the swimmers is optional but MUST have the swimmers number clearly indicated on the craft at all times (sticker or otherwise). Seconds on boats without propguards ARE NOT PERMITTED. Where using a surf ski paddler, he/she must be able to prove that they are competent over a 10km distance in open seas (ie let us know what races they have recently completed).