From refugee to long-distance swimming sensation
Apr23

From refugee to long-distance swimming sensation

Meet Arafat Gatabazi. A refugee from the DRC Congo who arrived in South Africa in 2012 and ended up at the street children’s home, the Homestead. By 2014 he was named long-distance Swimmer of the Year and now runs the Granadilla Swimming Academy. We find out more about his extraordinary journey and remarkable resilience.  Q: What was life like at the Homestead? A: Life was very different there; most of the children had little to no...

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Take the plunge with these cool water adventures
Mar01

Take the plunge with these cool water adventures

If you fancy a weekend of high-adrenalin, that’s out of your comfort zone, but still quenches your aquatic appetite, why not try these for close-to-the-edge water adventures? We’ve put together a heart-pounding bucket list at selected ‘hot’ water spots all over the country.  Kloofing Kloofing or Canyoneering (as it’s known internationally) involves a whole lot more than just taking a leap of faith. It requires some hiking,...

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Watch out for this Ironman and Lifesaver – he dreams big.
Feb22

Watch out for this Ironman and Lifesaver – he dreams big.

Sanele Nxumalo hails from Lamontville Durban, he’s a professional lifeguard, an Ironman, is only 23 and already has a string of achievements to his name. His physique resembles a modern-day Viking and he has an unbounded ambition to clinch the Surf Lifesaving National Title. Amanzi gets to know this determined youngster and finds out how he aims to realise his dreams. Q: What made you choose lifesaving and how did you start...

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13 000 swimmers at aQuellé Midmar Mile
Feb15

13 000 swimmers at aQuellé Midmar Mile

The 2018 aQuellé Midmar Mile, took place on 10 and 11 February and saw some 13 000 swimmers take to the waters of Midmar Dam. These are some of the result highlights Disabled/Ironman/Ironwoman/Biathlon/71 years and over event: Won by 1st male Terence Parkin (Paralympian) and 1St Female – Maritza Synders in 29:36. Company relay event: Won by Unilever consisting of Megan Wainwright, Murray McDougall, Megan Liebetrau, Shawn Hughes...

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What is a Race Train Race Tour?
Feb05

What is a Race Train Race Tour?

We were wondering just what a ‘Race Train Race Tour’ was? This format allows swimmers to race a short open water race to improve their distance swimming. And it’s not surprising that the athletes participating in this tour are from Canada as their open waters will just be impossible to train in during their Winters.  Six young athletes are in South Africa for a two-week Race Train Race Tour as part of Swimming Canada’s strategy to...

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Top 10 Tidal Pools in Cape Town
Jan25

Top 10 Tidal Pools in Cape Town

Top 10 Tidal Pools in Cape Town  Only 13 out of 35 public swimming pools in Cape Town remain open. The rest are closed in a desperate bid to preserve our precious water reserves. These days most private pools are looking more like frog ponds. Thankfully our surrounding oceans have plenty of water. Our coastline boasts a range of natural tidal pools offering welcome relief from a sweltering Cape Summer. The Beauty of Tidal Pools  The...

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