Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge

Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge


Challenge your fears

Come and experience Africa's premier 5km Indian Ocean swim - Round 1 of the 2021 Open Water World Tour with a prize pool of R78,500

Rated as one of the toughest Ocean Swims in the world, the Nelson Mandela Bay Bell Buoy Challenge, presented by Jendamark Automation, takes place in the Indian Ocean waters of Algoa Bay - a potential World Heritage Site given that it's rich in both terrestrial and marine biodiversity. This ‘biodiversity hotspot’ is one of the unique dive sites in the world and is listed in the top four richest areas in the world in terms of biodiversity.

CAN YOU conquer your fears of the deep ocean and swim the Bell Buoy Challenge?


Qualification & Minimum Age

All entrants, who haven't previously successfully completed the Bell Buoy Swim, need to prove their competency in ocean swimming events of this nature. After your entry is made, please let us know what ocean swim events you have done to prepare yourself for the Bell Buoy Challenge. The age limit for the Bell Buoy swim is a minimum of 14 years of age (in the year of the race) in accordance with the FINA rules for open water swimming (OWS 1.2).

Entrants failing to satisfy the organisers of their ability to complete a swim of this nature will be withdrawn from the event and have 80% of their entry fee returned to them. Such proof of ability to be provided at least one week before the race.

Support Craft

Water Safety and motorised support craft is arranged by the organisers for this event.

NO PERSONAL SECONDS will be permitted from 2022.

In order to ensure ALL swimmers compete on a fair basis, open water swimming navigation will become a key component of the Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge going forward.


Safety Swim Buoy

Because of the nature of the Bellbuoy Challenge swim and the number of swimmers in the water, the use of a sanctioned Swim Buoy / Tow Buoy is compulsory for ALL swimmers.  

Not To Be Missed Excursions

When in Nelson Mandela Bay you HAVE TO try and take in two of our international award winning tourist excursions - PRO DIVE (scuba diving centre) and RAGGY CHARTERS (Marine eco cruises where you're likely to see more Whales, Dolphin, penguins that you've ever seen before). See more by clicking here.

Africa's TOUGHEST Indian Ocean Swim - Algoa Bay, South Africa