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Robben Island Swim in Aid of NSRI

Robben Island stands as a symbol to the power and resilience of the human spirit. Long distance swimmers consider the swim between the mainland and the island as the ‘Everest” of South African open water swims.

The shortest distance for the crossing, from Robben Island to Big Bay, is 7.5 kms. However very few people swim it in a straight line so the distances are different for each individual … varying upwards of 7.5 kilometres.

By international open-water swimming standards, the Robben Island to Big Bay swim is considered relatively short, however, the difficulty of the swim is amplified by the cold water and the fact that a ‘true’ swim is executed without a wetsuit – commonly referred to doing the swim in ‘skins’.

A small group of NSRI volunteers will be undertaking this crossing to raise funds and awareness for the NSRI’s Water Safety Education & Survival Swimming programmes.

In South Africa 29% of fatal drownings are children younger than 14 years of age. Our Water Safety Education and Survival Swimming initiatives have the power to reduce these figures.

Since the inception of our Water Safety Education programme in 2006, over 3 200 000 children have been taught how to be safe in or near water, how to help a friend in difficulty in water without endangering themselves, and how to do bystander CPR.

Our Survival Swimming Programme teaches children the basic swimming skills and how to stay afloat should they find themselves out of their depth in water.

You can support this amazing group of volunteers, who not only serve on Sea Rescue boats as unpaid volunteer crew but are now going to tackle the Everest of South African open water swims to raise money for our drowning prevention programmes. 

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    Robert Leusink

    R11,324 raised

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    Alex Hartog

    R11,500 raised

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    Nicholas Mayger

    R10,510 raised

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    Mike Fannin

    R7,500 raised

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    Matthew Busse

    R6,050 raised

25 Fundraiser projects


  1. Oliver Casey-Gillman

    18 May

  2. R250.00
  3. Ian Mitchell

    30 April

299 Donations

Fundraiser projects

25 Fundraiser projects

I am raising funds for NSRI Robben Island Swim 2022

By Buff van Westenbrugge

 I'm taking part in NSRI Robben Island Swim 2022 to raise money for NSRI Drowning Prevention...

100% Completed
R1,000 raised
R1,000 Target

I am raising funds for NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute)

By Mike Fannin

Hi! I need your help. I'm taking part in NSRI Robben Island Swim 2022 to raise money forthe NSRI’...

100% Completed
R7,500 raised
R2,500 Target

I am raising funds for NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute)

By Chris Westcott

Volunteering for Sea Rescue (NSRI) is very rewarding, but it also comes with witnessing tragedy. ...

100% Completed
R4,250 raised
R3,500 Target

I am raising funds for NSRI Drowning Prevention

By Tomé Mendes

Early in April I will be part of a relay team swimming from Robben Island to Blouberg. This +/- 8...

10% Completed
R1,000 raised
R10,000 Target