THE Dolphin Mile Surf Swim series took place at the Marine Surf Life-saving Club on Sunday, April 15 and the Warnadoone Life Saving Club members participated in the event.The Dolphin Mile Surf Swim series, unique on the calendar of open water sea swim events, both locally and internationally, will now have further opportunities on offer in the 2018 program of events for open water sea swimmers, both present and future.Following the most successful Triple Distance Surf Swim event of April 8, incorporating swim distance events of 800 metres, 1.6 km, 3 km and 5.4 km, and now also the well-attended event of the 2018 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series, it is clear that there is a growing interest in open water sea swims.Participation in the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series, now in its 10th year of existence, has reflected this growing interest among all sectors of South Africa’s population.To cater for those wishing to experience, and enjoy, the challenge of organised open water sea swims, the 2018 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series calendar, in addition to the usual nine Dolphin Mile events, will include three 800 m and three 3.2 km events spread over the duration of the 2018 Series.The new 800 m, half-a-mile, events will be open to all proficient swimmers of age 10 years and older. The longer 3.2 km, two-mile, events are for the stronger and more experienced swimmers and for safety reasons, will carry an entry qualification requirement. In order to be allowed to participate in the 3.2 km events, a swimmer must have already completed at least one Dolphin Mile Surf Swim in a time of 40 minutes or less. For many swimmers of wide-ranging ability, from the ages of 10 years to 70 and over their participation in sea swims of this nature is often simply because they enjoy the event as a personal challenge or as part of a healthy lifestyle and exercise regimen. The completion of a single open water mile swim is a significant achievement in any person’s book of life experiences — an open water sea mile certainly takes that achievement up a notch or two. President of the Sapphire Coast Tourism Romy Wenzel said: “It was a great morning for Luc Lepront and Kaden Neilson from the Warnadoone Lifesaving Club Members, completing their first open-water swim in 30 to 31 minutes.”“Personally, from a tourism point of view, I would love to see events like this to take place within the Sapphire Coast Region as sports events, in general, are well attended and boost the local economy,” said Wenzel. Wenzel is calling all sports enthusiasts, sports clubs and or event organisers to come forward with sport event ideas in order to put Amanzimtoti and the Sapphire Coast onto the Map. — Supplied.