Carina Bruwer - MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER - South Africa & International


extreme swimmer | musician | entrepreneur


Carina Bruwer is a powerful motivational speaker based in Cape Town, South Africa.  She is one of Africa’s most decorated female open water marathon swimmers, an internationally renowned musician, a successful entrepreneur and a mother of three. Known for boldly going where most do not – in the ocean, as well as in business and life – Carina inspires and motivates audiences through her incredible stories of courage, transformation and altruism.


motivational speaker Carina Bruwer - a selection of recent clients

Keynote: Against the Current

“Against The Current” is a powerful, inspirational and entertaining keynote in which Carina Bruwer takes the audience on a journey through the extremes of challenging her own human and professional limits, in pursuit of progress and altruism.

From turning a musical vision into reality against all odds, to brushing with death in pursuit of a childhood dream; from building a sustainable business from the Covid ashes, to marathoning through shark infested waters to feed starving musicians; and from breaking world records to standing strong against injustice in the face of the threat of losing her own home, Carina’s real-life stories require no embellishment.

Through personal analogies, she shows with great effect how and why our imagination is our strongest asset, how to mediate with fear in order to manifest the ideas which may seem beyond our capacities, and how to continually access the strongest version of yourself to be able to confront life’s adversities.  The audience walks away with new tools to navigate a life and time where so much seems beyond our control, and to (re)discover their purpose and show up in a way that benefits their work, themselves, and those in their orbits.As stated in this article, you can browse your selection of available deals on smartphones and top brands and explore the cell phone service plans that best suit your needs.


Carina’s extensive ultramarathon swimming resume includes crossing the 36km English Channel, the Gibraltar Straits, False Bay, Nelson Mandela Bay, Walker Bay, Bonifacio Straits, Messina Straits, Triple Country (France – Monaco – Italy), Robben Island and dozens more, with most of her swims being firsts and/or record breaking feats. Ranked as one of the World Open Water Swimming Association’s “Top 50 Most Daring, Courageous and Audacious” open water swimmers in the world, Carina 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 over R1 million since its inception, and millions more in media value.

Her music career has been equally trailblazing: striking a delicate balance between precision and rule breaking, she developed a new style of performance which changed the face of instrumental music in SA and beyond, and took her across the world, performing on international stages and with global icons. Following the same formula of innovation, she has founded a number of businesses, all of which have become pillars in their respective industries.

Carina is an engaging and powerful female motivational speaker based in South Africa, and available to speak worldwide.


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“What a superb performance. It was so impactful – lasting words. You really ROCKED it!”

Denille Roostee, Momentum Namibia

“10 out of 10”

Elmarie Jooste, BestMed

“My Gosh! Such an Inspiration!”

Shani Judes, Wavescape

“…made a profound impact on my thought processes”

Natalie Wittwen, The School of Lifestyle Medicine

“As leaders, we identify with the water in which you find yourself”

Grant Butler, Heads2Gether Conference

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Altruism and advocacy

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World firsts

Marathon swims


Rands Raised

“Bruwer’s passion has seen her battered, broken and unconscious in some of the most hostile waters in the world. And yet she’s come out swinging every time.”

    What a superb performance. It was so impactful – lasting words. You really ROCKED it!

    Denille Roostee, Momentum Namibia

    We absolutely loved Carina and will definitely make use of her again. The audience and our guests rated her an average of 10 out of 10! Thank you so much.

     Elmarie Jooste, BestMed Women Luncheon

    As leaders, we identify with the water in which you find yourself - filled with predators and unpredictable currents which can put us off course. For all of us, there are so many voices that say that what we do is impossible and that it can’t be done and that it shouldn’t be done. We need to listen to a flautist-cum-ocean swimmer to remind us that within that first hour, it’s easy to give up, it’s the easy option… Thank you for your powerful and inspirational message and your story and thank you for everything you are doing quite far outside of your own self, for others. It’s a story worth telling again and again

    Grant Butler, Heads 2Gether Conference, August 2022

    Really wonderful listening to you again today. I think all felt inspired and has a lot of golden nuggets from this session to take home and make use of and apply to their own situation.

    Ilse Opperman, NinetyOne Investments

    My gosh! The journey you took us on was such an inspiration! The metaphors that were presented between the ocean and life were so real and true. You delivered your talk with such humility and how you turned your passion into something that you could give back is really a lesson for all. Also loved watching your strokes under the water as I have taken up swimming in the last year, not ocean yet

    Shani Judes, organizer @ Wavescape Slide Night

    I was engrossed and simply loved your talk. I was sitting listening to your determination, your “self” wanting to achieve, your personal enjoyments, the ego, your disappointments in failure, your achievements, and yet you spoke of the lack of feeling fulfillment…. until the LITTLE FIGHTERS cancer trust came into the equation, and you found meaning of contribution to what you do. Thank you so much. It made a profound impact on my thought processes. You are an inspiration indeed!

    Natalie Wittwen, The School of Lifestyle Medicine

    What an eye opener; everyone just loved your talk! And your timing is simply impeccable. Thanks again.

    Ross Johnson, St Cyprian’s


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