Swim for Sharks
Swim for Sharks is a fundraising event for shark and marine conservation operated as a partnership between Big Blue Diving and Shark Guardian, which is a shark and marine conservation charity. The event runs annually and normally takes place in August. Since the very first Swim for Sharks was held in 2008, the event has raised hundreds of thousands of baht for worthwhile oceanic causes.
As the name suggests, the primary focus of Swim for Sharks does involve some swimming! The main event is a 3.4 kilometre competitive swim around Koh NangYuan Island, although there is also a snorkel race for those who don’t want to be too competitive or simply want to join in at a more relaxed pace. The idea is that all competitors raise sponsorship for their swim, and all donations go to Shark Guardian to support marine conservation, education, and research.
Many island locals get quite competitive about their Swim for Shark training, and first place on the winners’ podium is a coveted position! In the grand scheme of things, it’s all just a bit of fun though, and there is lots more going on besides the swim to help raise funds for worthy shark and marine conservation causes:
- Kids Swim for Sharks – A mini swim where children can get involved in all the fun and activities too. This event normally takes place the day before the adult race and is hosted in conjunction with our local SSI Swim School, headed by professional and experienced UK trained swimming instructors.
- Auctions and Raffles – From villa stays and dive equipment to free drinks and diving trips, the generous donations of goods and experiences from companies islandwide help boost the fundraising total every year without fail.
- Shave for Sharks – Yes, you read that right! What started off as a bit of a joke over beers a few years ago has now become a regular Swim for Sharks event in its own right. The Swim for Sharks head shaving event has become a solid crowd-pleaser, and needless to say, many dubious mohawks have been spotted cruising the streets in the days following!
Even if you don’t take part in the swim, it’s definitely worth joining for a night of fun in the evening. Big Blue normally hosts a party extravaganza in their beachfront bar on the night of the adult swim race. So if you are here in August, check out the dates and get involved!
If you are interested in more information or would like to take part or support the next Swim for Sharks event, please contact the organisers through the Swim for Sharks Facebook page.