Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge

Rules and Regulations

Rules and Regulations

The full listing of the Rules and Reguations can be downloaded by clicking here.

Some key information is as follows;

    • The Race Organiser may, in its sole discretion and for any reasons whatsoever, cancel, postpone, delay, or otherwise, amend the date and time of the Swim, provided that the Swim shall not be cancelled or postponed unless:
      • The ocean swell and conditions make swimming unsafe
      • The wind is too strong for boats to support participants, or for the participants to swim effectively;
      • Visibility is too poor for the supporting boats to support their participants properly; or
      • Clear sightings of sharks in the area make it unreasonably unsafe for participants.
      • Instructed to by the Beach Office, SAMSA or any other Marina authority for the local area.
      • The water temperature is below 10 degrees at two or more places along the route.
    • All participants participate in the Swim entirely at their own risk and swimmers are to use their discretion on the day if the water temperature is very low. If the temperature is below 13 degrees, the wearing of wetsuits may become compulsory and inexperienced cold water swimmers will be cautioned against taking part.
    • If a swimmer has a second, such a second is subject to the regulations governing support vessels.
    • Two cut-off points will be active during the race. The first at the Bell Buoy (1 hour 30min) and the 2nd at the 3/4 mark (2hrs 15min). Participants who have not passed the cut-off point at such times will be removed from the water and marked as 'Did Not Finish'. Medals are presented to all swimmers who complete the swim in under 3hrs 30min.
    • Swimmers are required to wear the official event swim cap as provided.
    • The organiser reserves the right to request proof of competency as a deep water sea swimmer from any participant and the right to cancel such entry if, in their sole opinion, he/she feels that the swimmer is not sufficiently qualified for this challenge.
    • The holding-on or climbing onto the Bellbuoy is STRICTLY forbidden and will result in immediate disqualification and removal from the water.

Support Personnel / Vessels

  • Swimmers may be accompanied by a motorized and sea-worthy support vessel, SAMSA approved or a competent long distance paddler.
  • All boatmen, seconds, paddlers and swimmers MUST attend a pre-race briefing at the start area on Pollok Beach at 8am on race day.
  • Any boats used must be SAMSA compliant and licensed to travel at least 2,5km out to sea.
  • All paddle craft must be SAMSA and/or CSA compliant for an ocean paddle – personal floatation devices and a leash will be compulsory.
  • All seconds MUST carry a cellular phone in a waterproof pouch and have the Race Emergency Number (to be supplied) on speed dial.
  • The organiser reserves the right to deny a second permission to accompany a swimmer if they don’t adhere to any of the above. In this instance it is up to the swimmer to decide whether or not they continue without a personal second.

Click here to download the event waiver which must be signed before you compete in the event.

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