About us

Background: The swim started as a fun communal way to appreciate the outdoor open water sport of swimming. A number of the participants use the swim as a training ground for the Robben Island crossing. Albeit the route is around a nautical mile whereas the crossing is 7.5km/11.5km respectively it does provide an introduction to cold watier and deep water swimming. Swimmers can elect to wear wetsuits as it is a fun swim. Only a handful do though.

1SOMS Format: The swim takes place in a format I like to call “Hares” and “Hounds”. The objective of the format is to reduce the spread of times and in so doing keep swimmers of different speeds in a much closer group. The “ultimate” objective is for the timing to be such that all swimmers finish together. New swimmers automatically are placed with the Hares and in so doing receive a 5 minute head-start on the Hounds.

Expected finish time of a Hare is ± 38 minutes whereas a Hound is ± 30 minutes (± 2 min/100m) . Swimmers who have completed the swim previously have already found “swim-buddies” and generally elect to swim in the group that resembles their speed more closely. Hares have the advantage of leading, whereas Hounds have the advantage of chasing.

Many a Hound has been surprised at the tenacity of the Hare when caught and has muttered under-breath at the Hare finding hidden reservoirs of speed.

Warren Fialkov


A little bit of background:

A water-baby through and through, Warren and his family have been involved in water sports and swimming in some way for 4 generations. Between swimming, Robben Island Crossings, Life Saving,Open Water Swimming, racing, paddling and touring, Warren has found time to bring his love of swimming to everyone. 1SOMS is aimed at making open water swimming fun and accessible and enjoyable to anyone and everyone who would like to be involved.

More info about the Organiser

The aim of the swim is not to race, but to participate, and the 1st Sunday of Month Swim was started in 2006 to do just that.

Some of Warren’s background involves:


South African Iron Man 3rd 1993

South African Rescue & Rescucitation Team 2nd 1993

South African Surf Swim Team 2nd 1995

South African Fresh water Surf Swim Champion 1996

South African Junior Surf Ski Individual 2nd 1991

South African Junior Surf Ski Team 2nd 1991

Western Province Junior Victor Ludorum 1991

Clifton Surf Lifesaving Club Victor Ludurom 1994

Llandudno Innovation 8 Man Classic Team Champion 1996

Fish Hoek Pride of The Bay Team

– Gold 1994

– Silver 1996

– Bronze 1997

  • Roles fulfilled

Western Province Lifesaving Executive – Competition Officer 2004-2005

Nokia Helicopter Rescue Team 2005

Clifton Surf Lifesaving Club

-Patrol Officer 2005-2006

-Mentor to Treasurer 2005-2006

-Squad Leader 1995-1996,1998-2000, 2003-2004

-Nipper Officer 1994-1995


Clifton Surf Lifesaving Club 1986-1996, 1998-2001 , 2004-2005

Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club (Sydney) 2002

Touring teams

President’s Team Manly-Warringah 1993

Western Province Lifesaving Team 1993-1994

U21 Tour of Australia 1993

Clifton Surf LSC World Championship Team 1996

Western Province Iron Man Team -Bonnita Challenge

  • PADI Open Water I)

Learn To Swim Instructor (Western Province Aquatics /SwimSA)

Good Hope 100 -surfski leg

Spur Steak Ranch 99 (Relay Three Anchor Bay to Robben Island)

Total Sports Challenge – Surfski leg, canoe leg

Radio 5 Team Triathlon – swim leg

Radio 5 Triathlon – Gordons Bay

Winter League Waterpolo

Dragon Boat Racing

Big Walk 30km 2012

Fish River Canyon Hike 2012

Seconding a number of swimmers on Robben Island-Three Anchor Bay crossings.


Clanwilliam FreshPak Triathlon 2013

TriRock Robben Island Triathlon 2013

IronMan 70.3 2014 00:29:05/ 03:29:34/ 02:28:20 6:36:35 (Good swim)..