Carina Bruwer

South African Musician, Marathon Swimmer, Artist Manager & Producer


acclaimed flute virtuoso and founder of the multiple award-winning and internationally renowned instrumental group Sterling EQ, is not only one of the most recognisable instrumental musicians in South Africa; she has also made an indelible mark on the open water and marathon swimming record books through many daring and record-breaking swimming feats. These include the 36km English Channel crossing, swimming from Europe to Africa across the Gibraltar Straits, swimming 35km to cross the “White shark capital of the world”, False Bay, and dozens more local and international extreme swims. Ranked amongst the World Open Water Swimming Association’s top 50 most “daring, courageous and audacious” open water swimmers in the world, and nominated for the International Marathon Swimming’s Hall of Fame, it has often been assumed that Carina’s music must be secondary to her career as a swimmer, but according to Carina, swimming is a mere hobby (read: obsession!) while her main career focus has always been music – as her many awards, accolades and extensive following can attest to…

NEWSFLASH: Carina to take Swim For Hope To Spain in June

Carina’s next Swim For Hope is planned for 13 June 2019, when she will be attempting a swim of +- 21km from Alicante to Tabarca Island in Spain

“I’m looking forward to swimming in Spain again – I haven’t been back there since swimming the Gibraltar Channel in 2005! I love the culture, the people and the music, and I can’t wait to experience this beautiful place again and explore a new part of its ocean.  Muzukidz, the beneficiary of this Swim For Hope, also has many links in Spain through Suzuki schools and associations that support the organisation.  We are specifically fundraising to contribute to the employment of a fantastic Spanish teacher, Francisco Canada, who has just moved to Cape Town to teach at Muzukidz on a permanent basis.

Swim For Hope is my way of sharing the joy and optimism I feel when swimming in the open water, and Muzukidz is the perfect beneficiary. I truly believe in empowering South Africans and growing South Africa through education, and being more of a performer than a teacher myself, I was delighted to discover Muzukidz as it represented everything I was hoping to support, and more!  Founded by violinist and Suzuki teacher Maria Botha, Muzukidz is an NPO that offers children from various townships around Cape Town the opportunity to learn the violin! 



CNN African Voices

CNN produced a comprehensive

15 minute feature on Carina’s life


Watch here

Swimming Highlights

A highly decorated long distance swimmer, Carina has competed in 9 countries, breaking nearly a dozen records (national and international), winning numerous races, and enjoying significant media coverage, highlights of which includes being one of Cosmopolitan’s Awesome Woman, one of Glamour’s “Women We Love”, and Sports Illustrated’s “Top 10 Beauties of Sport”, plus international inserts on Gillette World Sport and CNN.

"One of SA's top endurance athletes" - Cape Argus


Latest Video

Carina’s version of the iconic Beatles (George Harrison) song While My Guitar Gently Weeps. The slide flute stands in for the guitar in this version – enjoy!