The new 36ONE swim series — are you coming?

If you’re a Capetonian of a certain inclination, the arrival of spring means only one thing. It’s time to get back into the sea.

This year, ocean swimmers young and old have been participating in the inaugural 36ONE Openwater Swim Series. The home beach is Clifton’s 4th and the sponsors are 36ONE Asset Management, which was founded in 2004 by Steven Liptz and Cy Jacobs.

Liptz is a fierce believer in education through sport. “Those are the things that will make a difference to South Africa,” he said. “Sport teaches you discipline, concentration and creativity. The more South Africans learn that, the stronger our society and our economy will become.”

So far, two events have taken place against achingly beautiful backdrops. The season opener was the 36ONE Clifton Mile. Swimmers of all ages and (almost) all skill levels braved the cold Cape water to swim in the shadow of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. The Enduro swim followed a similar route, but, as the name suggests, it was an event for those on the fit side. Fortunately, for those of us who would rather just drink in the scenery, vida e caffè is always standing by with complimentary coffee.

Still coming up between now and August 2023: off-the-beaten-track swims, the unique Viking Swim, the New Year’s Day Mile and so much more. If you feel like joining us in the sea, go to You can also follow all the action via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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