Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge

Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge

Sunday 21st is a reserve day


Challenge your fears

Come and experience Africa's premier 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?



2021 ROUND 1
Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge
Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa



The epic Indian Ocean swim

The crossing from Hobie Beach was first achieved by Eastern Cape solo swimmer Kyle Main when he did a solo double crossing during the 2009 MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival. Since then the crossing has attracted some of the world greatest open water swimmers. Amongst these, past champions include Petar Stoychev (Bulgarian Olympic swimmer), Melissa Gorman (Australian Olympic swimmer and 2009 5km World Champion), Rok Kerin (Slovenian Champion) and SA Olympic swimmer Troy Prinsloo. In 2014, safety of the event is greatly improved, with the start/finish at Pollok Beach in this challenging 5km ocean swim. Another major impact on the event was the joining with the OWWT in 2019.

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Entrants failing to satisfy the organisers of their ability to complete a swim of this nature will be withdrawn from the event and have 80% of their entry fee returned to them.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.

A personal second (limited to 1) is optional for swimmers on the condition that such second uses a SAMSA approved craft (no motorised craft permitted). A second must paddle on the left hand side of their swimmer at all times and may not be within 3m of the swimmer when they are swimming. The second may not paddle in front of their swimmer during the race.

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