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Seeding season splashes off

The seeding season leading up to the 2018 aQuellé Midmar Mile is about to start with a splash! For those who are new to open water swimming, completing a seeding event enables Mile organisers to ensure that you are swimming among others of similar ability come 10/11 February 2018.

Over and above this, an opportunity to go for a swim in open water is a great training opportunity for any swimmer, whether you’re going for your first aQuellé Midmar Mile or your twentieth. As any veteran of the race will tell you, swimming in open water is very different to swimming in a pool. An opportunity to get experience in the low-pressure, relaxed environment of one of the aQuellé Midmar Mile’s premium seeding events will do great things for your swim in February.

The 2017/2018 seeding season gets started at Sun City on 21 October, when swimmers will take on the 20th Dis-Chem Sun City Swim. The day will start with a 3km swim for highly experienced open water swimmers. This will be followed by a series of 1.5km races for every age and gender category. The event finishes off with a 600 metre fun swim, which is a perfect opportunity for a novice to experience the thrill of open water for the first time. This event is also immensely popular with families.

The seeding season continues on 5 November, with Cradle Moon Swim Challenge 1. This event takes place at Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge, which is formerly known as Heia Safari. The distances on offer at this event include 3km, 1km and 400m, making the event a perfect opportunity for every swimmer – from the novice to the veteran.

The aQuellé Midmar Mile team head back to Cradle Moon on Sunday 26 November to bring you Cradle Moon Swim Challenge 2, which offers another opportunity identical to Swim Challenge 1. “Never underestimate the power of training,” urges aQuellé Midmar Mile race director Wayne Riddin. “The more swims you can do in the lead up to February, the better prepared you will be to complete the Mile in February.”

We welcome 2018 with a splash back at Cradle Moon on 20 and 21 January at the annual Lake Heritage Water Festival. On the Saturday, the more intrepid swimmers hit the water to take on a 3km or 5km swim. On Sunday, a 1 200 metre swim is offered in all the age categories, followed by a slightly tougher fun swim of 600 metres.

The most important thing at all these events is the safety of our swimmers. Floatation devices called Safe Swimmers are offered to all swimmers free of charge for use at all aQuellé Midmar Mile premium seeding events. This device straps around your waist and floats behind you in the water, causing no drag and giving you a lifeline in the event that you were to get into difficulties. Ample lifeguards are in the water at all times, and all a swimmer has to do is raise his or her hand to summon one of them to assist. We urge all swimmers to take their own safety as seriously as we do and refrain from swimming if they have not done the required training, have been consuming alcohol or energy drinks, or have been ill in the week leading up to any event.

“Make your 2018 Mile your best open water swimming experience yet by committing to your training and taking on at least one premium seeding event,” concluded Riddin.

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