CARINA BRUWER is one of Africa’s most decorated female open water marathon swimmers, as well as an internationally renowned contemporary flute player, successful entrepreneur, producer, Mother-of-Three.
When it comes to swimming challenges, Carina’s niche is pioneering new swims in the 15km – 30km distance range, with the focus on raising funds and awareness for organisations and causes that she feels passionate about. She is vocal about the misfortunes and injustices faced by the majority of people in her country (South Africa), and the difficulties faced by fellow musicians and creatives, especially as a result of Covid19, and tries to make a small difference through her swimming.
Her extensive swimming resume includes crossing the English Channel, the Gibraltar Straits, False Bay, Bonifacio Straits, Messina Straits, Triple Country (France – Monaco – Italy), Robben Island and dozens more, with many of her swims being firsts and/or record breaking feats. This International Marathon Swimming’s Hall of Fame nominee who was also ranked as one of the World Open Water Swimming Association’s top 50 most “daring, courageous and audacious” open water swimmers in the world, founded Swim For Hope in 2014, in order to raise funds and awareness for South African organisations that she supports, through her swimming challenges. The project has raised close to R750,000 since its inception, as well as media coverage worth approximately R1 million.