Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge

Event Information

Presented by Jendamark

Jendamark brings you ROUND 1 of the OPEN WATER WORLD TOUR by way of the Indian Ocean's most radical 5km swim from Pollok Beach around the Bell Buoy and back. The swim is hosted in Algoa Bay, a proclaimed marine biodiversity hotspot located at the conjuncture of two major oceanic systems, the Agulhas and the Benguela currents and is one of the few bays in the world surrounded by over one million hectares of diverse land based protected areas i.e. national parks, provincial nature reserves, private game reserves, and wilderness areas.

Race Date

Saturday 13th April 2019 - POLLOK BEACH
(please note Sunday 14th will be a reserve day if we aren't able to swim on the Saturday)

Entry Fee

Category Early Bird 25th March - 3rd April Late entries


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

LATE ENTRY PHASE: 4th - 11th April 2019
Applies from 00:01am on the 4th April 2019. STRICTLY no entries accepted after race quota is reached or at 5pm on the 11th April 2019 (whichever comes first).
Unfortunately NO T-shirt will be available to entrants entering after Wednesday 3rd April.


(1) No distinction between traditional costumes and wetsuits.
(2) The swimbuoy/towbuoy is compulsory for ALL SWIMMERS
(3) Swimmers may have a second on a SAMSA approved craft but this is NOT compulsory.
(4) The wearing of wetsuits will be MANDATORY in case the water temperature is below 15° C
(5) The wearing of wetsuits is NOT PERMITTED if the water temperature is 23° C or higher
(6) No entries will be accepted once race quota is reached or after 5pm Thursday 11th April 2019 due to safety reasons and preparation of safety lists
(7) The swopping out of swimmers is ONLY BY permission from Zsports with NO ENTRY SWOPS permitted after 5pm Thursday 11th April 2019.
(8) Zsports will provide 6 highly visible kayaks distributed between the swimmers to help swimmers sighting along the course.


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 by submitting a brief email of swims undertaken in the last 12 months, in particular SEA SWIMS. 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.

Swimmer Safety

The visibility and safety of our swimmers is paramount and for this reason, the SWIM BUOY is COMPULSORY for ALL swimmers from 2019 this year. In addition, swimmers are permitted to have a personal second on a SAMSA approved craft (Surf Ski, Fishing Kayak, SUP, Rescue/Malibu Board) but this isn't entirely necessary as Zsports will have no fewer than SIX highly visibile kayaks paddling along the route to lead the swimmers.

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 as soon as possible after the last swimmer finishes at the beach.

Race Registration

A registration meet and greet function takes place on Friday 12th April 2019 from 17:30 at News Cafe, Boardwalk. All race kit and information will be presented at this function with a quick race briefing and some lucky draws prizes at 18:45 to conclude by 19h00.

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.

Naming Sponsor
Support Sponsors Blu Smooth Haval Port Elizabeth Caltex Eastern Cape Oracle Media

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