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SWIMS AND ROUTES

Robben Island

This is the iconic swim to do in Cape Town, and offers a number of variations. You can swim to Blouberg Beach or Three Anchor Bay, or round the Island or any combination there...

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Dassen Island

The Dassen Island swim is similar, albeit slightly longer, than the Robben Island swim. A straight line from island to the coast in chilly water. Dassen Island is situate...

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Danger Point

Danger Point, about 2 hours drive from Cape Town, is situated on the Southern point of Walker Bay near the village of Gansbaai, the world capital of Great White Shark diving w...

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Cape Point

Cape Point is the southern-most point of the Cape Peninsula and the de facto meeting place for the cold Atlantic and warm Indian oceans. Treacherous seas, rocky cliffs with fe...

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False Bay

False Bay is a natural bay that stretches along the peninsula's eastern coastline from the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve at Cape Point to Cape Hangklip. It was named &q...

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Atlantic Coast & Other

Below is a list of other notable long distance swims around the Cape. These are mostly one-off swims that have only been done by a handful of swimmers, and for which no offici...

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RECORDS DATABASE
ALL SWIMS
Clifton - Three Anchor Bay 5km
Jessika Steyn
ZA
2017-11-12
01:23:24
Robben Island - Blouberg 7.4km
Troy Prinsloo
ZA
2013-02-27
01:23:54
Clifton - Three Anchor Bay 5km
Richard Wilmore
ZA
2017-11-12
01:24:34
Clifton - Three Anchor Bay 5km
Neil Hopkins
ZA
2017-11-12
01:26:42
Clifton - Three Anchor Bay 5km
Ryan Stramrood
ZA
2017-11-12
01:28:22
Clifton - Three Anchor Bay 5km
Kim Carey
UK
2017-11-12
01:28:25
Clifton - Three Anchor Bay 5km
Philip Dempster
ZA
2017-11-12
01:30:14
Clifton - Three Anchor Bay 5km
Paul Stevenson
ZA
2017-11-12
01:32:09
Robben Island - Blouberg 7.4km
Steven Klugman
ZA
2002-03-17
01:33:00
Robben Island - Blouberg 7.4km
Christof Wandratsch
ZA
2005-02-07
01:33:00
Robben Island - Blouberg 7.4km
Tyron Venter
ZA
2007-04-28
01:34:00
Robben Island - Blouberg 7.4km
Natalie du Toit
ZA
2009-04-26
01:35:00
Robben Island - Blouberg 7.4km
Rudolf Visser
ZA
2014-05-03
01:35:08
Robben Island - Blouberg 7.4km
Tyron Venter
ZA
2009-04-26
01:36:00
Robben Island - Blouberg 7.4km
Mark Edge
ZA
1982-04-12
01:36:00
Clifton - Three Anchor Bay 5km
Joe Pieterse
ZA
2017-11-12
01:37:36
Robben Island - Blouberg 7.4km
Troy Prinsloo
ZA
2013-01-09
01:38:38
Cape Point (Diaz Beach - Buffels Bay) 8km
Anthony Pearse
ZA
2016-04-08
01:39:00
Robben Island - Blouberg 7.4km
Steven Klugman
ZA
2002-01-09
01:39:00
Clifton - Three Anchor Bay 5km
Mark de Klerk
ZA
2017-11-12
01:39:18
CLDSA HERO
cldsa hero: Open water legend

Peter Bales

Peter Bales, one of the founding members of the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association (CLDSA), is one of those legends of the sport whose personality, energy and dedication have been greatly appreciated by generations of swimmers.

Bales is now 73 years old and is still swimming and piloting with gusto. Piloting since 1969, Bales and Tucker have escorted approximately 250 swimmers between Robben Island and Cape Town over the past 45 years.

Bales is the chairman CLDSA, the official body to officiate over solo swims in Cape Town waters in South Africa and elsewhere in the country on request. Bales helped co-found the governing body together with Dennis Pearson, Coenie van Eyssen, Frank Nielsen, John Pagden and John Whitmore.

Virtually every record swim documented by the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association was piloted by either himself or Hugh Tucker. But along with the fast records swims have come others on the opposite end of the spectrum. He has piloted for people like Tony Scalabrino, another pilot who swam from Robben Island to Blouberg in 7 hours 15 minutes and Lydia Goldswain who suffers from spastic diplegia and swam in just over 5 hours for the 7.4 km Robben Island to Bloubergstrand swim.

Bales has been a steady eye throughout all his swim. Fortunately, rescues have been few and far between, but his skills and quick actions have helped prevent tragedies from happening. "Dr Derek Yach was attempting a double 22 km Robben Island-to-Three Anchor Bay swim," recalls Theodore Yach. "A Great White emerged next to him on the return trip approximately 400 meters from the end of his second leg. He attempted again on the next weekend, but was again ...

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News & Events
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21 November 2017
A Robben Island Swim Report by David Jones

A Robben Island Swim Report by David Jones After around two years of building up the courage and a great deal of convincing from my Guide the time was finally near. Is this a small task? Yes, fo...

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21 November 2017
Obituary for Terry Laughlin Total Immersion

Making Waves Terry Laughlin, a swimming coach, died on 20th October 2017 at 66 SWIMMERS, especially keen ones, tend to treat water as the enemy. Pound it with your arms and thrash it with you...

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13 September 2017
SA businessman overcomes sharks, jellyfish in brutal 58km Hawaii swim

Cape Town businessman Toni Enderli braved over 20 hours in shark infested waters, suffered consistent jellyfish stings and fought a punishing rip tide to conquer one of the world’s harshest...

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