A record number of finishers for a Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series event! 375 swimmers completing a Mile, Double Mile or an 800 metre swim!  A new benchmark for the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series.

Well done and thank you to all who turned out to participate in, and support, Event #4 of the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series on Sunday.  Particularly noticeable was the number of tri-athletes putting the finishing touches to their preparations for the IRONMAN Durban 70.3 on Sunday 2 June. We wish them well for their participation in this event.

With last week showing off the best of Durban winter weather in the form of warm, windless days and flat sea conditions, a good number of swimmers were encouraged to make a sea swim of a Mile (1.6 Km), Double Mile (3.2 km) or 800 metre swim part of their life experiences.

The easterly wind of later Saturday afternoon stirred things up a bit to make that which looked like a relatively easy swim more challenging than at first thought.

The next event in the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series 2019 is the Comrades’ Marathon Day event #5 on Sunday 9 June. Road closures on the day should not have too much of an impact on local participants wishing to make their way down to Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.

Completion of their swims on Sunday saw a number of regular Dolphin Milers receive tokens acknowledging their achievements to date.  John Barnes and Rocco Trollip completed their 60th Dolphin Mile and Roy Thomson joined the small group of regular Dolphin Milers with 50 Dolphin Mile Series miles to their credit.

Action on the beach had the starter requesting the large group of Mile and Double Mile swimmers to self-seed for the start.  It must be said that, in open water swims in general, one must expect a measure of physical contact with other swimmers during the course of an event.

The whistle had all the swimmers into the water from the beach about 200m south of Marine Surf Lifesaving Club. With most swimmers heeding the starter’s advice, the school of swimmers was soon spread out before their first left turn of the course at the red pyramid buoy 100m from the beach was reached.

After this left turn, the Miler course swimmers stretched out north to the inner turning buoy off Addington Beach.  50m out to sea and it was a further right turn at the outer buoy on to the 650m leg of the course, for the turning buoys off uShaka Pier.  Two right turns at these buoys and the swimmers set course for the pyramid buoy.  At the red buoy, the Mile entrants turned left for the beach while the Double Milers began their slightly-lengthened second lap of the course.  On reaching the red buoy at the end of their second lap, the Double Milers also turned for the beach on their turn to make their way through the surf zone to the beach.

The 800m course took entrants from the start to a blue turning buoy 100m off the beach.  A right turn at the blue buoy and the swimmers set off to round the two uShaka buoys with two left turns to follow a course back to the red pyramid buoy off the beach.  A 100m swim through the surf and they were through the finish area.

First out of the water in the Dolphin Mile event was Leshen Pillay followed by Bevan Manson and Nicholas Simmons.  First female finisher was Paige Nicholson.

In the Dolphin Double Mile, first onto the beach after a strong swim was Mark de Swardt (wetsuit) followed by Arno Gauche

In the 800 metre swim, first to finish was Nicholas Beswick with Malcolm Keeping following.

See table of results, with times, for Event #4 of the 2019 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series under the “Dates and Results”

A brief summary table of event and age group category results for Event #4 on Sunday 26 May 2019 is as follows:


Dolphin Mile (1.6 km)
Category Male Female
First finisher Leshen Pillay Paige Nicholson
M/F 10 to 12 Ewan du Plooy Madison Alberts
M/F 13 to 30 Leshen Pillay Paige Nicholson
M/F 31 to 40 Dale Demmer Tarryn
M/F 41 to 50 Bevan Manson Barbara Lavett
M/F 51 to 60 David Clark Boenie Bees
M/F 61 to 70 Llewellyn Bryan Pauline Bowman-Edgar
M/F 71 and over Michael Burton


Dolphin Double Mile Swim (3.2 km)
Category Male Female
First finisher Arno Gauche Lauren Cannon


800 metres
Category Male Female
First finisher Nicholas Beswick Emma Dreyer



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.

Results are quickly correlated and a brief gathering for announcements and a “lucky draw” is held in the Marine SLC Clubhouse soon after 9h00, where participants are also able to enjoy the fare obtainable from the Club’s refreshment facility.

Marine SLC, once again, agreed to host all events of the 2019 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’ swim caps (compulsory for all swimmers) are issued, at a nominal cost to participants, on registration for events.

 The next Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series event is Event #5 on Sunday 9 JUNE 2019, 5h45 to 6h30 registration at Marine SLC for a 7h00 start.



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