The Viking Swim ~12 Apostles to Camps Bay


The Viking Swim 

✔ A 4km downstream seeded group wave start along the pristine Atlantic coastline with views of 12 Apostles Mountain Range to Camps Bay.
✔ Compulsory anchored Midway Check-In
✔ Midway Refreshment Boat

Per seeded wave (5) limited to 20 swimmers
✔ Lead paddler
✔ Tail paddler
✔ Roving paddler
✔ Pace-setter swimmer (“bus driver”)

● Cut-off Times from 1st wave start (09:00).
○ Midway 70min (10:10am -10:20am)
○ Finish 2h20min (11:20am -11:30am)
● Wetsuit ✔

FINA rules shall govern the swimwear used. (Exception to obligatory use of wetsuits below 18’C and minimum water temperature of 16’C will apply)


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Name : The Viking Swim-12 Apostles to Camps Bay

Date : Saturday 16 March (Backup 17 March Clifton 4th)

Distance: 4km

LATE NEWS! 15 slots have been opened up on a 1st come 1st serve basis.

Closes Midnight Friday 8 March 2019 – ENTRIES CLOSED

Cost: R800 p/p (R600 p/p + R200 late entry fee)

(There are Corporate Sponsorship Packages.. please email with Subject Line : RFI Corporate Sponsorship Pack . Swim times for complimentary tickets will still need to be submitted. Should the swim times not meet the start wave criteria the swimmer will not be allowed to start and a substitution needs to be found)

Swim Categories : Skins & Wetsuit
(FINA rules as applies to swimwear will apply. Exceptions to obligatory usage of wetsuit <18’C and minimum temperature >16’C)

Requirements from entrant

A. Full Name
B. Race No. (this is your 1SOMS/3SOMS swim number)
C. Seeding times (both times are without wetsuit and independent of each other i.e. 2 separate swims required)
a. 400m :
b. 1000m :
(PLEASE NOTE: As this is an openwater swim safety of participants is paramount. Objective time measures are being used to ensure the safety of the event. Each wave of starters will be limited to 20-30 participants.

  1. Should you not meet the seeding criteria you will be refunded your entry fee less bank charges.
  2. If your (potential ) swim wave has reached its limit you will be placed on a wait-list to substitute for drop-outs and those who do not meet swim time validation procedure.

These swim times are without wetsuit and subject to validation at the discretion of the race organiser at the Sea Point Pavilion on Sunday 24 Feb & Saturday 2 Mar 08:00-10:00 .
If you are unable to attend these time slots then FINA accredited swims as well as time-trialing times to be signed off by a registered Swim Coach will be considered.
Cutoff times are set at Time Of Day and relative to the wave you are seeded to Start with. Midway cutoff is 70min after 1st wave start (expected to be 10:10am) . Finish Cutoff is 2h30m after 1st wave start (expected to be 11:30am)

If you are seeded in Wave 1 to Wave 4 you are eligible to arrange for Paddlecraft support. It is recommended that lifesaving clubs be approached (e.g. Clifton SLSC, Llandudno SLSC)
(Private) Paddlers will be required to

  1. Not interfere with other swimmers
  2. Remain on the seaward (left) side of swimmers at all times
  3. Not enter the restricted area around the Midway Cutoff or Finish water zone
  4. Follow the instructions of the Organiser safety teams on the water

D. Medically Fit to participate. (Should the Doctor in Charge determine that you do not meet these criteria you will not start)

Image to use : 12 Apostles Mountain Range

The Viking Route.. 12 Apostles to Camps Bay. 4km downstream swim along the 12 Apostles Mountain Range to Camps Bay. Midway is demarcated by anchored boat which serves as check-in and “water table”

Backup route (17 March)… 1000m lap placed off 4th beach Clifton. Route appears simple but with a large variety of conditions off each buoy it is a challenge in its own right.


NB! If minimum number of swimmers not reached the event will not take place.and swimmers will be refunded .. This criteria has been met – the swim is a GO ^
Subject to permit issue


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