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16 Aug 2022

World Ocean Day Swim back on

(Berea Mail) Picture: Anthony Grote (Gameplan Media). Organisers of the World Oceans Day Swim have been given the green light to reschedule the event, and this year’s event will take place on September 24

Following dangerous levels of E. coli in the water along the Durban Beachfront after the devastating floods recently, repairs have been completed, and the team at Breathe Conservation have confirmed that September 24 will be the new date for the Consol Breathe World Ocean Day Swim.

Organisers had to wait until the Durban beaches were safe for swimmers, and following a number of repairs done, the levels of E. coli in the water dropped to safe levels which means that swimmers will be able to enjoy Durban’s spring conditions.

“We’re very excited to be able to announce the return of our World Ocean Day Swim,” event organiser Sarah Ferguson said. “It’s been an incredibly difficult time for the people of Durban, and to see that things are slowly returning to normal is good, and we hope that there is a greater emphasis on the conservation of our beaches and ocean.”

“We need to continue to grow awareness for the plight of our oceans, and this event gives us that opportunity – to be able to still go ahead with it despite the change in date is great for us.”

Local swimmers will have the chance to enjoy an exciting race in the Durban bay as they contribute to a cause that is crucial to Ferguson and her organisation – a cause that needs to be highlighted.

“The recent floods demonstrated the importance of awareness about single-use plastics and the importance of avoiding them. There was so much plastic washed down our rivers into the ocean after the floods, and we hope that, through our event, we might educate people about alternatives to plastic,” Ferguson added.

To enter the race, visit www.roag.co.za.