22 October 2013

Make a splash for the planet: sign up to Swim for Nature!

Swimmers, show your love for nature by swimming in support of WWF.


WWF South Africa has partnered with the successful Bridge House Mile event to offer environmentally-conscious swimmers the chance to show their love of nature by swimming in support of WWF.

The Bridge House Mile will take place on Saturday, 2 November 2013 at the Berg River Dam, Franschhoek. The day will offer swimming events for all abilities, from development swimmers having a splash, to 200 and 400 metre junior and beginner events, to the main Mile swim. Swimmers can choose to Swim for Nature in any one of the event categories.

How it works

The cost to Swim for Nature is R500, and includes:

An entry into any one of the Bridge House Mile event categories:

  • 200 m Fun Swim & Beginners
  • 200 m Juniors (U10 to U12)
  • 400 m Schools Solo Swim (U13 to U18)
  • 400 m Schools Team Swim (U13 to U18)
  • 400 m Beginners Swim (all ages)
  • Mile Swim (all ages)

An entry into the exclusive WWF Panda Splash over 200m, cheered on by celebrities like former Miss South Africa Amy Kleinhans and swimming alongside Jeremy Harris, 94.5Kfm presenter.

Swim for Nature swimming cap

WWF Buff headwear

Take the journey of water

The Berg River Dam has strategic significance as a venue for Swim for Nature in that the water is the freshest of any dam in South Africa.

This aids us in raising awareness around freshwater and where it comes from. Many people are unaware that water doesn’t come from a tap or a dam; water is provided by healthy and functioning ecosystems.

Only 8% of South Africa’s land area provides us with more than half our surface water. The Berg River catchment, which supplies the Berg River Dam with its fresh water is one of these special areas. If we can protect this 8% we will go a long way to ensuring water security for our water-scarce country. 

Swim for Nature Panda Splash prize

The prize for the winner of the Panda Splash category is two nights’ accommodation for two kindly sponsored by Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek.




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