DNOWS Header

Image Map

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Bosom Buddies Swim Helping Others

Courtesy of Charlie Martinson, Cape Town, South Africa.

The Sunday Hot Chocolate Swimming Group was co-founded in 1999 by Andrew Chin and Ram Barkai. They swim in South Africa's Camps Bay every Sunday, ending with hot chocolate.

It was this friendly group of South African swimmers that grabbed the attention of artist Charlie Martinson. "I started open water swimming in 2013. One day, a family friend invited me to go play in the waves at Camps Bay, where she would meet up with a friend who would actually swim out, past the waves, to the back of Camps Bay and across, and then back. Later on I found out this was called the Sunday Hot Chocolate Swimming Group – which I was asked to join.

Having the philosophy of trying anything once, I agreed. With the help of Ann, I became more comfortable in the ocean and for about two years I religiously swam three times a week...getting fitter and more and more confident in the ocean.

Swimming in the ocean is addictive. It is like going on a high – that first shock of walking into the water...sometimes one can’t even breathe, and it feels like a panic attack is coming on, or one’s body just hurts all over...but the encouragement from one’s peers, for me it was Daniel, Brian, and sometimes Arafat, egged one on – and I would start swimming, moving my limbs despite the cold, the shock, and the tension.

If this puts you off – imagine – eventually, when you and your body realize there is no escape from the pain, and the numbness, you are forced to let go of it, relax. For me – at that time – it was a physical manifestation of what I needed to do with my depression, a metaphorical proof of my strength...and empowering to feel like I alone was the one pushing myself forwards, with people swimming alongside me to ensure nothing dire could happen

Eventually, she attempted a 3.2 km swim in Langebaan, but got badly stung by jellyfish. "I think that experience, along with the daily demands of life, prompted a pause in the exercise."

A few years passed and she got back into the swim of things at Clifton for the Bosom Buddies Swim – many ladies gathered to shed their tops and do a topless swim in order to raise funds for breast cancer. There are some beautiful, and private methods with which we aim to pay tribute to those we love, who we’ve lost to this disease. What struck me, above all else, was the safety everyone felt, the enthusiasm, and the strength from and love for all these women.

Copyright © 2008-2018 by World Open Water Swimming Association

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you very much for your interest in the world of open water swimming.

World Open Water Swimming Association

A Thank You Gift from WOWSA

WOWSA is celebrating the
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.

Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB


Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.

CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.

Open Water Swimming Magazine

Open Water Swimming Magazine

The Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.

WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...

The Other Shore

The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.

2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac

An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

An almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.

This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.

But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.

In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...

Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:

The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.


Open Water Swimming Event Sanctioning

World Professional Marathon Swimming Federation

Open Water Race Calendar

Coaches Education Program