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July 27, 2013 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Are you FINatical about Sharks?

The clock’s ticking for vanishing shark species. If you’re FINatical about sharks, join the Finathon and fundraise for their protection – All funds raised will go to Shark Spotters and Project Aware’s Finathon.

What is the Finathon? Like a swimathon, fun run, cycle race or marathon – the Finathon is to raise awareness and funds to support this unique cause. All water babies are welcome whether you paddle, swim or SCUBA.

Why be FINatical about sharks? Shark fishing is largely unregulated around the world. Overfishing, bycatch and finning – the slicing of sharks fining and throwing away the body at sea – kills thousands of sharks every day. To ensure the survival of sharks, stricter, enforceable controls are needed for more species at national, regional and global levels.

Where will it take place? We plan to SCUBA/swim/paddle our way from the Glencairn Barge, just off Whale Lookout to the wreck at Long Beach – about 3,5km. Although planned as a SCUBA event, open water swimners, swimming aids, kayaks, paddle boards, surf boards and any other more original methods are allowed and encouraged. Maximum fun, environmental awareness and safety are the goals.

How much will it cost? The cost will be R100pp, which will include boat assistance and something to eat when you get to the finish. You are also free to collect sponsorship from friends and family and funds raised will go towards Shark Spotters and Project Aware’s Finathon.

How do I go about fundraising? Download the Finathon Sponsorship Form and get friends and family to donate to this great cause. The more awarenesss we can create, the better – speak to as many people as you can and use the opportunity to share some shark facts. Here are some Finathon Fundraising Tips too.

Do I have to be fit? How far is it? You should be fit and cleared to participate in strenuous activity. If you have never attempted open water swimming, this is ideal exposure, although you should be swimming fit. The distance is about 3.5km from Glencairn Barge to the wreck at Long Beach.

How do I enter? Registration will be done on the morning of the event but please send an email to info@omsac.co.za to indicate your intention to take part so that we can plan for snacks and support boats. Bring along your R100 registration fee and any other sponsorships you have received too.

What time do I have to be where?

08:00 – Registration opens (Long Beach)

08:30 – SCUBA kit up and load onto boats

09:00 – Safety briefing and boats leave Long Beach full of participants

9:30 – Finathon commences (into the water at Whale Lookout)

12:00 – Last swimmers arrive. Group photo at Long Beach (Last one blows the vuvuzela…)

12:30- Lunch snack is served followed by beach social and certificate handout

Is anyone making any money out of this? Yes. OMSAC will use the R100 regsitration fee to cover costs. If you choose to collect sponsorship, that money will be donated to Shark Spotters and Project Aware’s Finathon.

Are there any prizes? There are no prizes (unless you want to sponsor some, of course). Last person there blows the vuvuzela, which will indicate a safe event for all.

I do not have a kayak, but I would like to row across. Where can I get one? There are kayaks available for rental from a number of places. Post on the Facebook page to make your needs known.

Are there any rules? Provided that you are safe, do not litter or cause problems for any of the other participants, no. It is advisable that all swimmers wear bright swimming caps and whistles for safety. Can I row/swim back again afterwards? If you are a strong rower and you are comfortable with the sea, you are welcome to row back.  Please understand that this will be without support and you are therefore encouraged to exercise caution. Swimming back is not recommended. Are children allowed to participate? Yes, but children under 16 have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. What safety measures are in place? The kayaks will form the first safety net. As a paddler, you will be expected to assist swimmers where necessary. We have the support of safety boats in the water. Furthermore we will have paramedics on standby. All evacuation and medical expenses and safety in general will be the participant’s own responsibility. You will be required to sign an indemnity form at registration.

Who is organising it? Old Mutual Sub Aqua Club are organising the event and most of our members will be taking part.  It is important to note that this is a social event – please approach it in that spirit and bear with any unplanned delays or snags in the spirit of the day. If you would like to assist with any aspect, please email us.

Why is there a standby date and when will you decide about moving it to the standby date? On the morning of 26 July 2013, we will make the call as to whether the event will take place on Saturday or Sunday. This might be slightly inconvenient for your planning, but in the past we have learned that a little flexibility can mean a lot more enjoyment. The last thing we want is to swim into a howling South Easter when the next day would have been beautiful and calm. Please understand this arrangement in the interest of safety and enjoyment for all.



July 27, 2013
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Long Beach
South Africa