Free Diving – A Breathtaking Love Affair
Oct04

Free Diving – A Breathtaking Love Affair

We had the pleasure of chatting to the magical Daniela from Cape Town Freediving. How did you get into freediving? Daniela: “My fascination with water started at a very young age. If I look at my baby album, I was swimming before I was walking.  So it’s always been something very close to me. Through times of strife, water was my place of safety so to speak.  Water has always been a place of happiness I...

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South African Diver Volunteers In A Thai Rescue Mission
Jul11

South African Diver Volunteers In A Thai Rescue Mission

The plight of the Thai soccer team and the heroic cave rescue mission has gripped the world for the past weeks.   The Nightmare Rescue Mission  The world breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday as the grueling 17-day ordeal for the 12 boys and their coach was finally over thanks to an epic rescue mission.  The group ventured into the vast cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer...

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We’ve Become Better People Through Surfing
Jul10

We’ve Become Better People Through Surfing

On a beautiful Winter’s morning, Amanzi Mag met with some of the surf coaches at Waves 4 Change – our surf therapy community programme. The venue was not the typical surf spot, instead, we met at Monwabisi Beach. We chatted to these inspiring guys who have turned their lives around through surfing. From a Life of Gangsterism Lwandile and Kanyiso are both 22 and live in Kuyasa Township off Baden Powell Drive. They first...

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Seven Life Lessons Swimming Can Teach You
Jul03

Seven Life Lessons Swimming Can Teach You

There’s more to swimming than early mornings and bad tan lines. And it’s not all about the medals and breaking records. Competitive Canadian swimmer Olivier Poirier-Leroy shares these 7 fundamentals that swimming will teach you about life. 1.  Work hard for the things you want There are no short-cuts or silver bullets. Hard work pays dividends both in the swimming pool and in life. Some goals take an inordinate amount of effort...

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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...

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A Lesson On Plastic Pollution
Mar14

A Lesson On Plastic Pollution

Dainfern College put an inventive spin on their Swimathon annual fundraiser. They wanted to highlight plastic pollution, so they added plastic bottles into their swimming pool before the swimathon. In line with the Dainfern College Foundation’s aim to ‘multiply our impact on the world around us,’ they had the school collect as many plastic bottles as possible. These were then thrown into the pool before the Grade 4-7 pupils swam, to...

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