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.
I KNOW YOU CAN NEGOTIATE WITH FEAR TO ALLOW YOU TO SHOW UP IN THIS WORLD, BECAUSE I HAVE TO DO IT EVERY DAY.
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.
“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
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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