Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge

Event Information

Presented by Jendamark

Jendamark brings you the Indian Ocean's most radical 5km swim from Pollok Beach around the Bell Buoy and back.

Race Date

Saturday / Sunday 21st / 22nd April 2018 - POLLOK BEACH

Entry Fee

CategoryEarly Bird2nd to 11th AprilLate entries


Early entrants assured of receiving a Bell Buoy Challenge swim cap & t-shirt

LATE ENTRY PHASE: 12th - 19th April
Applies from 00:01am on the 12th April 2018. Branded Swim Cap NOT guaranteed for late entrants. No entries accepted after 5pm on the 19th April.
No FREE t-shirt will be available to any participant finalised after Wednesday 11th April.

(1) Swimsuit category is traditional costumes only (speedo) whilst wetsuit category includes FINA recognised swimsuits and triathlon wetsuits.
(2) Swimmers may have a second on a craft but this is NOT compulsory.
(3) No entries may be accepted after 5pm Thursday 19th April 2018 due to safety reasons and preparation of safety lists
(4) The start will be staggered with the Swimsuit category going first and the Wetsuit swimmers a couple of minutes later.

Images of Permitted costumes
images of costumes NOT accepted for Swimsuit category


All entrants, who haven't previously successfully completed the Bell Buoy Swim, are required to satisfy the organisers of their competency in ocean swimming over this distance. The age limit for the Bell Buoy Challenge is a minimum of 14 years of age in accordance with the FINA rules for open water swimming (OWS 1.2).

Entrants are to satisfy the organisers that they are capable of a 5km Ocean Swim and such proof may be called upon and must be produced at least 1 week before event. Participants who are deemed to not meet the requirements will be withdrawn from the event and have 70% of their entry fee returned to them.

Swim Cut-Off

There will be TWO cut-off points in effect for this race. The first at the Bell Buoy (1hr 15min) and the second 3/4 of the way into the race (2hrs). All swimmers who haven't passed the cut-off point at the designated time will be removed from the water and marked as 'Did Not Finish' - NO EXCEPTIONS.

Prize Giving

A prize giving ceremony will be held soon after the last swimmer finishes at the beach.

Race Registration

A registration meet and greet function takes place on Friday 20th April 2018 at 6pm at News Cafe, Boardwalk. All race kit and information will be presented at this function.

Race Details

Starting Time - 08h30
Compulsory race briefing for all seconds at 8am on Pollok Beach.

Start Location

Pollok Beach, Port Elizabeth.

Important Information

No hydration is provided along the swim route.

All seconds must have SAMSA approved craft. If any paddler acting as a second has to be rescued for whatever reason, his swimmer will automatically be removed from the water and marked as DNF. The paddler's craft will ONLY be retrieved if space allows and safety of other participants is not compromised - such decision being at the sole discretion of the particular boat skipper.

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