Carina has been an open water swimming pioneer since 2002


CARINA BRUWER is one of Africa’s most decorated female open water marathon swimmers, as well as an internationally renowned contemporary flute player and the owner of one of the busiest entertainment companies in South Africa.  Throw in the title Mother-of-Three, and it is no wonder, Carina says, that she specialises in swimming extreme distances of anything between 20km and 40km – “it certainly clears one’s head”!

Carina’s 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 R500,000 since its inception, as well as media coverage worth approximately R1 million.

M O S T   N O T A B L E   S O L O   S W I M S

  • Across False Bay, South Africa – FIRST SA WOMAN; THIRD SWIMMER EVER | Date: 26 February 2006 | Distance: 36km; Time: 10h58
  • English Channel Crossing, England to France – FASTEST SA WOMAN | Date: 1 August 2005 | Distance: 36km; Time: 12h03
  • Across Walker Bay, South Africa – FIRST AND ONLY PERSON | Date: 12 March 2021 | Distance: 21km; Time: 06h12
  • Across Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa – FIRST FEMALE | Date: 28 February 2020 | Distance: §9km; Time: 05h15


  • Triple Country Swim, France – Monaco – Italy (Nice to Venimiglia) 21km – FIRST SWIMMER | Date: 17 September 2018 | Distance: 21km; Time: 7h01
  • Tabarca – Alicante, Spain, FIRST SA SWIMMER | Date: 14 June 2019 | Distance: 18km; Time: 4h40
  • Messina Straits Quadruple Crossing, Italy to Sicily and back twice – FURTHEST SWIM BY A WOMAN IN THE MESSINA STRAITS | Date: 21 June 2014 | Distance: 15km; Time: 03h59
  • Straits of Gibraltar crossing – Held FEMALE WORLD RECORD for 7 years | Date: 15 June 2005 | Distance: 16km; Time: 3h35
  • Straits of Bonifacio crossing, Corsica (France) to Sardinia (Italy) | Date: 17 June 2014 | Distance: 15km; Time: 04h28
  • Female winner and 3rd place overall in the 2006 Key West Marathon, USA | Date: June 2006 | Distance: 20km; Time: 4h39
  • Female winner and 4th place overall in the 2005 International Swimming Crossing of the Toroneos Gulf, Greece | Date: 23 July 2005 | Distance: 26km; Time: 7h58
  • Robben Island to Bloubergstrand 7,5km and Three Anchor Bay (11km) | 9 crossings to date; Best time: 1h58 ( 2007 and 2014 )
  • Around Robben Island Swim – held OVERALL RECORD for 8 years | Date: 27 April 2005 | Distance: 11km; Time: 3h07
  • First person to round the Northern-most point of Africa – Bizerte, Tunisia | Date: 15 Octobert 2004 | Distance: 16km; Time: 3h50
  • First person to round DANGER POINT – Gansbaai | Date: 11 August 2004 | Distance: 11km; Time: 3h16
  • First female and first South African to swim around Cape Agulhas | Date: 27 April 2004 | Distance: 11km; Time: 2h16 Broke the record of Englishman Lewis Pugh set in 1994 by 2 hours
  • First South African to swim around Cape Point – FASTEST TIME (broken since). Still holds Female record | Date: 27 March 2004 | Distance: 8,5km; Time: 2h20

R E C E N T   R A C E   R E S U L T S

  • 1st 18+ female & 4th overall @ Knysna Splash 3km, December 2021
  • 1st overall @ Red2Head 10km swim in Knysna, 22 December 2021
  • 1st female & 3rd overall @ the 15km Gran Fondo Cinque Terre race, Italy (June 2019)
  • 4th female overall, 1st age group @ 13km Marnaton EDreams Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain (June 2019)
  • 1st female, 2nd overall @ 10km Aquamasters OWS Championships, Turkey (September 2018)
  • 1st female, 4th overall @ 5km Aquamasters OWS Championships, Turkey (September 2018)
  • 2nd female @ 25km South African Open Water Swimming Championships 
  • st place overall @ 10km South African Open Water Swimming Championships
  • 1st female, 3rd overall @ 10km Western Province Open Water Swimming Championships, Mykonos
  • 1st Female @ False Bay 12km Iron Man Swimming Challenge (Simonstown to Muizenberg)

Few, if any, would challenge Bruwer as South Africa’s top female endurance athlete

Dale Granger

Sports Journalist, Cape Argus

* International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Nominee


* One of WOWSA’s “TOP 50 most Daring, Courageous and Audacious” Open Water Swimmers in the World”


* Recipient of the Lewis Pugh Trophy for the most outstanding swim of the year (for crossing False Bay (36km) in 10 hours, 58 minutes)


* Recipient of the Supersport Champions Award

C E L E B R I T Y    E V E N T    A M B A S S A D O R

  • Swim The Island (Italy) 2015: Carina was invited to appear at Italy’s largest open water swimming event, where she swam a triple course of the longest event distance (6km x 3) for charity, and performed a solo concert
  • Swim The Island (Italy) 2016: Carina was invited back and this time swam 21km, and performed with her band Sterling EQ 
  • Aquamasters Open Water Swimming Championships (Turkey) 2018: Carina was invited to participate in all the distances (3km, 5km, 10km and celebrity dashes) offered at this, one of Turkey’s foremost open water events.  She also delivered a number of inspirational talks to participants, and performed with her band Sterling EQ.
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