DMSS – ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PARTICIPATION AND ACHIEVEMENT
An innovation for the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series, with effect from Event 1 of the 2017 Series on 9 April 2017, is the introduction of the presentation of a token in order to acknowledge participation and achievement as a swimmer in Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series events.
The Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series is a unique, and unsponsored and self-funding, event on the South African swim scene. A guiding principle of the Dolphin Mile Series is the promotion of open water sea swimming, amongst swimmers of all ages and ability. Participants have enjoyed the challenge presented by a sea swim, while being able to enjoy the sense of achievement that comes with the completion of each swim. Elite swimmers have also been able to add their energy to the events.
A decision has been taken to offer Dolphin Mile Series swimmers acknowledgement of participation and a token record of their achievement.
A database has now been established of swimmers, with a record of their participation in Dolphin Mile Series events, from the 2010 Series events to those of 2016. Anyone who has attempted to establish such a database and record well after the fact will appreciate the magnitude of the task and also know that it has not been without its challenges, with due acceptance that there will be inaccuracies at the outset!! The exercise revealed that 1749 swimmers have participated in at least one Series event for the period under consideration, with a total number of 7194 mile swims having been completed! (Interesting to note the digits in these two numbers.)
The database, in a variety of formats, will be printed and displayed at registration in the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club’s clubhouse at the first event of the 2017 Dolphin Mile Series.
Token acknowledgement and recognition will take the form of plain medals (with a blue ribbon), carrying the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series logo, as follows:
First Series swim entry - Plain medal, with the figure “1”incorporated in the logo
15th Swim - Bronze medal with “15” in the logo
40th Swim - Silver medal with “40” in the logo
65th Swim - Gold medal with “65” in the logo
100th Swim - Large and more elaborate gold medal with “100” in the logo
No Dolphin Mile entrants have, as yet, notched up 65 or more swims since the 2010 Series events.
At the first event of the 2017 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series on Sunday 9 April, swimmers having completed 40 or more mile swims will be able to collect their silver “40” medals. Swimmers with swim tallies of 15 to 39 after the first event, can collect their bronze “15” medals, and “first time” entrants in a Dolphin Mile Series event will be eligible to receive their “1” medal.
It is hoped that this innovation will add to the great spirit of Dolphin Mile events, while encouraging all to “Keep on Swimming”.
DOLPHIN MILE SURF SWIM
2017 SERIES EVENT #2 - EVENT REPORT – SUNDAY 23 APRIL 2017
The second event of the 2017 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series contributed to the hive of activity that was watersport-related activity on the Durban beachfront on Sunday.
A stunning early-winter Saturday had given Durbanites an indication of that which might be enjoyed on Sunday.
And what wonderful conditions for a sea swim…
A gentle offshore breeze showed itself with small ripples on a warm, flat sea under clear skies. There was a small surf break on the outer bank on an outgoing tide, contributing to conditions attracting 220 swimmers to registration at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club on Sunday morning. A most welcome addition to the group of the new and the regular Dolphin Mile Surf Swim entrants was the group of 11 swimmers from St Vincent School for the Deaf, making the trip from Johannesburg to add a sea swim to their list of life experiences.
The favourable surf conditions indicated a start from the beach just south of the demarcated bathing area in front of the MSLC clubhouse.
The 7h30 start whistle had the swimmers enter the surf after a short beach dash for a swim out to the pyramid buoy 50m off the beach. After a bunched and sharp left turn at this buoy, in the direction of Addington Beach, it became quickly evident that the top swimmers were on a charge around the course. The remainder of the school spread out with a few ability- and pace-groups forming along the course as the swim progressed, and the remainder choosing to set their own pace to enjoy the 1600 metre swim.
A right turn at the inner Addington buoy, a short stretch to another right turn at the seaward buoy and it was the long 700 metre leg of the course south to the buoys off uShaka Pier. Another two right turns of the short turning leg and the pyramid buoy off the MSLSC beach was again in sight. A left turn at the pyramid buoy, and a short swim through small surf had finishers on a run to the finishing pen on the beach.
A charging Martin Binedell soon opened up a commanding lead over determined young Connor Botha who also pulled ahead of a small chasing group. This procession continued to the finish with Martin taking the honours in a very good time of …………….. First female home was Tatum Botha in …………..place.
Congratulations to all participants who completed the swim, especially the many “first-timers”, with many expressing their delight at the pleasant conditions.
Results were quickly correlated and a brief prizegiving was held in the Marine Clubhouse with proceedings completed by 9h00.
The start of Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series events follows registration in the impressive Marine Surf Lifesaving Club clubhouse facility. The course is set, marshaled and patrolled by members of the Marine SLSC safety team with rescue swimmers in the surf break, a crew in an inflatable, and others on surfskis and Malibu boards under the watchful eye of the Safety Officer, Mike Raubenheimer, and his staff of MSLC crew and event organizer, Heather Campbell. The course start and finish positions are adjusted for Dolphin Mile events, according to prevailing surf conditions and in the best interests of the participating swimmers’ safety.
A word of thanks, on behalf of the Dolphin Mile participants and organizers, goes to the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club for inviting the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim participants to make use of their facility for these surf swim events. Thanks also go to MSLC members at the Club for sharing their Club facilities with Dolphin Mile swimmers, their families and friends.
Marine SLC has again agreed to host the events of the 2017 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series. The dates of all the 2017 Series events are carried elsewhere on this website. Swimmers completing six or more of the nine Series events will receive special recognition, at the end of the series, for their level of participation.
Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series 2017 shirts will be on sale at the 6h00 to 06h45 registration (start 7h00) for the next event of the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series on Sunday 7 May at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club. Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series swim caps (compulsory for swimmers) will also be issued, at a nominal cost to participants, on first registration for the event.
SEE YOU AT THE 6h00 REGISTRATION ON SUNDAY 7 MAY 2017 at
MARINE SURF LIFESAVING CLUB.
Discovery/ Vitality Members
You will now be awarded 600 Vitality points for every Dolphin Mile swim you do for the rest of the year. please make sure you advise us of your full initial and ID number to ensure you get placed in the system.
- #1 Sunday 9th April 2017
- # 2 Sunday 23rd April 2017
- #3 Sunday 7th May 2017
- #4 Sunday 21st MAy 2017
- #5 Sunday 4th June 2017
- #6 Sunday 11th June 2017
- #7 Sunday 23rd July 2017
- #8 Sunday 6th August 2017
- #9 Sunday 3rd September 2017
IMPORTANT : ENTRY FORM INFORMATION 2017
1. The Declaration on the Entry form is for ALL events in 2017 Series.
2. Therefore, Entry form only needs to be completed once for 2017 Series.
3. If you are swimming the next event on the calendar, please sms/email Heather by the Friday beforehand so your name can be entered into the timing system.
4. If you are pre-entered as above then on Sunday morning go to the Pre-Entry table to pay and get your race number.
5. If you have queries please contact Heather 0823207083.
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 MSLC crew 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 sizes of the recent fields of entrant, both male and female, for events of the series of nine events in 2017, from age 10 through to 70+ years, indicates the steadily 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 have come forward, donating product and the like for presentation to participants, in the form of lucky draw prizes, after each series event.
Results are always 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 hosted all 11 of the events of the 2017 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim events. 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.
FIRST DOLPHIN MILE SURF SWIM SERIES EVENT FOR 2017, SUNDAY 9 APRIL 2017.
PLEASE NOTE: Registration at 6:00 AM Start at 7:00 AM
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