Seidler shares his expertise

Safety a main aim

25 November 2020 | Local News

Phillip Seidler; Swimmer; “I thought it was a great opportunity to promote open water swimming, which is a fairly unknown sport in Namibia.”

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Renowned open water swimmer Phillip Seidler has undertaken to share his wealth of skills and knowledge by way of open water swim clinics.

“I had considered hosting Open Water Swimming Clinics for a while now, but never had the time since I was still doing my online
Business Management studies while training and going to the gym twice a day. Then Crossfit Swakopmund contacted me about a week before I held my first clinic and asked if I could present an Open Water Clinic for the Crossfit community and it was a good chance to start,” the 7-time Pupkewitz Jetty Mile champion says.

Seidler adds that the fast-approaching festive season was a factor in hosting his swim clinic, because it is packed with several open water swimming events like the FNB Sandman Triathlon and the Pupkewitz Jetty Mile.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to promote open water swimming, which is a fairly unknown sport in Namibia.”

The first clinic with 20 participants was held on 7 November and was aimed at improving the safety of the swimmer and teaching individuals how to safely enjoy the waves.

“It also served the purpose of transferring knowledge about risks and water safety of the ocean and using the ocean as a playing or training ground. Every year in December, we have cases of people drowning. Therefore, it is of utmost importance for people living at the coast to be able to swim because the ocean can be a very dangerous place.”

Due to demand, Seidler held a second swim clinic on 22 November 2020.

The swimmer admits that he has hopes for his swim clinics to start a revolution in Namibia.

“I would love to see more open water swimmers in Namibia and to get more people interested in and sharing my passion of this beautiful sport and being in nature,” he concludes.

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