Classic Durban early morning winter weather conditions welcomed the 165 swimmers to registration in the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club on Sunday 10 June 2018… a flat sea under a cool offshore breeze promised great surf swim conditions for all who turned out for the usual Dolphin Mile swim and for those who were to take part in the 800 metre swim.

The start on the beach 250m south of MSLC had swimmers entering the water through, and around, a small channel on the low tide as they set out for the first red pyramid buoy 100m off the beach.  A right turn at the buoy and all swimmers were on their way towards the course markers off uShaka Pier.  Two left turns and the Mile swimmers put their heads down for the longest leg of the course.

After the second left turn off uShaka, the 800m swimmers turned back to swim to, and round, the pyramid buoy, swim to the beach and exit the course through the finishing pen.

Meanwhile, the Milers were completing the long leg to make two left turns off Addington Beach, then heading back to the pyramid buoy for the swim to the beach finish.

First out of the water in the Mile event was a charging Guy Brookes, followed by Ben de la Porte and Bevan Manson.  First female finisher was the wetsuited Bridget Theunissen.

In the 800m swim, first place went to Arno Gauche with Dominique Gaines (wetsuit) leading the ladies to the beach.

Results, with times, for Event #5 of the 2018 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series under the “Dates and Results” 


Category Male Female
First male/female Guy Brooks  
M/F 10 to 12 Kaylan Govender Madison Alberts
M/F 13 to 30 Guy Brooks Keren Wessels
M/F 31 to 40 Bevan Manson Carina Hambloch
M/F 41 to 50 Stefan van der Westhuizen Barbara Lavett
M/F 51 to 60 Michiel Kemper Janine Serrurier
M/F 61 to 70 Guy Harker Helen Lucre
M/F 71 and over Bevin Clavert Zoe Slade


800 metres
Category Male Female
First finisher Arno Gauche Kendra Robinson


The start of a Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series event follows registration in the impressive Marine Surf Lifesaving Club clubhouse facility between Addington and uShaka Beaches.  The course is set, marshaled and patrolled by members of the Marine SLSC safety team with a crew in an inflatable, and others on surfskis and Malibu boards under the watchful eye of the MSLC crew and Safety Officer, Mike Raubenheimer, and event Organizer, Heather Campbell.  The course start and finish positions are adjusted for each of the Dolphin Mile events, according to prevailing surf conditions and in the best interests of the participating swimmers’ safety.

The size of more recent groups of entrants, both male and female from age ten through to seventy-plus years, indicates the growing appeal of the challenge of this event to all levels of participating swimmer.

With the organizer’s emphasis on the promotion of participation, with a small measure of recognition for elite performance, the success of this nationally unique and self-sustaining series can be attributed to the support of the local swimming fraternity.  Also most supportive of the series are those who come forward, donating product and the like for presentation to participants in the form of lucky draw prizes, after each series event.

Results are quickly correlated and a brief prize giving is held in the Marine Clubhouse soon after 9h00, where participants are also able to enjoy the fare obtainable from the Club’s refreshment facility.

Marine SLC has, once again, agreed to host all events of the 2018 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series. A word of thanks, on behalf of the Dolphin Mile participants and organizers, must go to the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club members for inviting the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim participants to make use of their wonderful facility for these surf swim events.

Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series 2018 T-shirts will be on sale at the 5h45 to 6h30 registration (start 7h00) for the next event of the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series on Sunday 24 June at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.  Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series’ swim caps (compulsory for all swimmers) will also be issued, at a nominal cost to participants, on registration for the event.

SEE YOU AT THE 5h45 to 6h30 REGISTRATION (START AT 7h00) ON *SUNDAY 24 June 2018 at


*SWIM DISTANCES: Mile (1,6 km) and Double Mile (3,2 km)

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