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Outdoor Exercise | Cape Town, South Africa

5 Essentials to Starting Your Robben Island Swim Training

Have you ever dreamed of doing the Robben Island Swim or a similar long-distance open water event? Here are 5 things to check off before you get started.

1. Passion

The number one requirement to take on this journey is passion; having the fire in your heart to achieve a goal unlike many others. There will be times of pure bliss and times of challenge, but you can be sure that in the end it will be worth it. All you have to do is believe in yourself!

2. Commitment

To achieve any goal, you need a plan. Training for a long-distance swim requires 3-4 swim sessions per week, including open water swimming and pool sessions focusing on technique. Additional strength and flexibility training is recommended to reduce the risk of injuries.

3. Baseline Fitness Level

A solid foundation is needed to work your way toward success. If you’re new to swimming, give yourself a year to gradually build up distance. Once you’re comfortable swimming 2.5km in open water, we recommend following a structured 10-week training programme to prepare for your Robben Island Swim Goal.

4. Exposure to Cold Water

The biggest challenge of the Robben Island Swim is to master the cold. You will be swimming from Robben Island to the mainland, a minimum distance of 7.5km in the cold Atlantic Ocean, in nothing but a costume, cap and goggles. The key is to gradually adapt your mind and body to the cold by frequent cold exposure. Start by taking a cold shower!

5. A Community of Open Water Swimmers

And last but not least, what will get you across the “finish line” is your tribe of swimmers. Those who are crazy enough to be taking this journey with you will make up a major part of your support team.

Join the ELEMINT Team Today!

ELEMINT offers structured outdoor training programmes to help you reach your goals. Join our Open Water Swimming group in Cape Town and start training for your Robben Island Swim today!

Email us for more info: info@elemint.co.za

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