You may have seen the term “seeding event” being used on the aQuellé Midmar Mile website or on our Facebook page, but not been sure what this refers to. In a nutshell, a seeding event is a chance to have a practise run before the aQuellé Midmar Mile on 8-9 February.

1. A great experience of dam swimming

Whether you’re new to open water swimming or if you’ve been involved in these events season after season for years, the fact is that you probably haven’t been for a swim in open water since the 2019 aQuellé Midmar Mile back in February. It is a very different experience to going for a swim in the pool, with currents, other swimmers and waves to contend with. Another thing to get used to is that the water is darker than pool water, and there are no clear lines to follow to make sure you’re staying on the right track. In a nutshell, the more practise you can get at swimming in open water, the better you will get.

2. Enjoy greater piece of mind

If you’re planning to take on your first aQuellé Midmar Mile next February, it’s only natural that you’ll be nervous! However, if you’ve got some open water swimming experience under your belt, and you’ve taken part in an open water race or two already, you’ll be so much less nervous. You’ll also know what to expect in terms of how it feels while you’re waiting for the race to start and you’ll know exactly what procedures you’ll go through before getting into the water. For example, you’ll understand how registration works and you’ll be familiar with the body marking process – every swimmer has their race number written on their arm so that the safety and timing teams are able to tell who you are at a glance.

3. Have a seeding time

The third great reason to make sure you’ve participated in a seeding swim before 8-9 February 2020 is, as the name implies, so that we have a seeding time for you. If you enter any premier seeding event for the aQuellé Midmar Mile, your seeding time will automatically be entered into our database. The start of every event at the aQuellé Midmar Mile takes place in batches, meaning that groups of swimmers start the race together, based on their ability. This ability is determined by your seeding time.

There are a number of premier seeding events coming up, so find one that suits your schedule and make the commitment by getting your entry in as soon as possible.