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SHARK SPOTTERS NET CREW TAKE ON THE SHARK SMART SWIM CHALLENGE!!

SHARK SPOTTERS NET CREW TAKE ON THE SHARK SMART SWIM CHALLENGE!!

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The Fish Hoek shark exclusion barrier (net) has been in operation since 2014, being deployed and retrieved daily to provide a shark-safe swimming area in a sheltered corner of Fish Hoek bay.

While swimmers and their families enjoy the additional protection and peace of mind the net provides, many do not realise the time and effort it takes to keep the net in operation. And this is all thanks to the “Shark Net Crew” – the unsung heroes of Fish Hoek bay who work hard behind the scenes to make sure the net is deployed as many days as possible during the year.

The Net Crew all come from Ocean View, and many of them joined the program fresh out of school, and so have grown up with this challenging but rewarding job. The Coronavirus lockdowns and beach closures hit them hard, as although they were supported financially by Shark Spotters, the sudden change in pace and lack of access to their beloved beach was hard to do with emotionally. To help overcome this we arranged swimming training at Fish Hoek High School during the latest lockdown, to help them improve their fitness and stroke technique.

With these new found skills they are now ready to take on the SHARK SMART SWIM to raise awareness around shark conservation issues and raise funds for Shark Spotters!! 

The net crew team will be joined by some of our Coastal Conservation Crew and Shark Spotters Field Managers to swim 13km in relay inside the exclusion net on 27 March 2021. Each team member will swim a kilometre, representing one of the 13 most common shark species found in False Bay.

The funds raised from the Shark Smart swim will be used directly to support the shark net crew, covering wages and equipment. Please sponsor them generously and help them reach their goal of R26,000 (R2,000 per crew member)!

We particularly appeal to everyone that uses the Fish Hoek shark exclusion net regularly to support the team who work hard, always smiling and laughing, to keep the community safe!

Donations

  • Mar 31, 2021 - R 400.00
  • "Well done Leigh! :)" - Clive

  • Mar 30, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Thanks for all your hard work and enthusiasm!

    " - Sandra

  • Mar 29, 2021 - USD $ 166.56
  • "Well deserved" - John the revelator

  • Mar 29, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    You guys are amazing!! Thank you for your dedication, we appreciate you guys!

    " - Lorraine van der Maas

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thanks for the work you do. " - Anonymous

  • Mar 27, 2021 - USD $ 35.35
  • "Always supporting Shark Spotters. One of the best shark safety initiatives out there! " - Kristina Loosen

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for all your hard work! " - Samantha Haine

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thanks for the great service that you provide to our community." - Anthony & Robyn Gwilt

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you all for your service!" - MamaSativa

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thank you for tour incredible work that allows us to swim with peace of mind. " - CB

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "You guys are the best. Great memories at Fish Hoekstra and many more along with our safety net and crew! " - Wagner

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "We greatly appreciate your energetic work that makes it safer to enjoy swimming at Fish Hoek." - Stephen Rule

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thanks for your service!" - Sarah Howie

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "We appreciate all you do and your dedication" - Sue Adams

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you!" - Sue

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you! " - Sarah

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "Thank you for your service to our community! Enjoy today's swim." - Karen Berry

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for always taking care of my family (and the many other families) that frequent the beach" - Jeanne Topliss

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thanks for the amazing work that you do!" - Chantal Burricks

  • Mar 27, 2021 - R 1 300.00
  • "The Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club is grateful for all the time spent watching over our members." - Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club

  • Mar 26, 2021 - USD $ 13.35
  • "Good Luck l will be there with my family to cheer you on" - Bev Frieslich

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck and thanks for everything you do to keep us safe !" - C’est la vie, recreation road

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck everyone" - Paula C

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Keep up the good work!" - Claire

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck. " - Shaun Fergus

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Best wishes. Hope you raise your target " - Magogo G WP

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Go for it, Net Crew! You do an amazing job to keep Fish Hoek swimmers safe." - Eva van Belle

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thanks for all the hard work." - Anonymous

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "All the very best" - Anonymous

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck with the swim and keep up the amazing work! " - Disco

  • Mar 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thanks guys! Go for it." - Nicci

  • Mar 25, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Good Luck

    " - Arne

  • Mar 25, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thanks for keeping us safe " - Jennifer Graham

  • Mar 25, 2021 - USD $ 16.90
  • "Great work! Hang on in there!" - Chris Short

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Keep up the good Work keeping our sharks safe too." - Abigail Reynolds

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck with the swim" - Paul Cartmel

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Thank you" - Nicola

  • Mar 24, 2021 - USD $ 13.52
  • "Thank you and good luck!" - Jennifer

  • Mar 24, 2021 - USD $ 6.76
  • "go for it guys" - Paul West

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Goodluck to all the swimmers." - Anonymous

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck" - Justin

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "Great work guys!" - Cynthia

  • Mar 24, 2021 - USD $ 33.79
  • "Thank you for your work! Much appreciated!" - Annie

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Goodluck team and keep up the great work you do!!" - Pearson Developments

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Thank you for all you do to keep us safe in the water! Good luck" - Colleen Capostagno

  • Mar 24, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Awesome work Shark Spotters Net Crew! You all ROCK! " - Maryke Musson

  • Mar 23, 2021 - USD $ 6.79
  • "Even from Germany, I love to follow the shark spotters page and catch up with everything you do for the sharks and the ocean! Keep going! " - Lydia Liedl

  • Mar 23, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Keep up the great work guys " - Chris McCabe

  • Mar 22, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good job guys - we appreciate your hard work." - The Marrs

  • Mar 21, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "You are all amazing!" - Tony & Clare

  • Mar 19, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Good work

    " - Daphne Isaacs

  • Mar 18, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "With huge appreciation and acknowledgment of the daily contribution to people’s safety in the water, shark conservation and ocean awareness made on a daily basis" - Alison Kock

  • Mar 18, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Thanks for keeping us Shark Smart while swimming safely!" - Glen Thompson

  • Mar 16, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "I support this amazing initiative to keep sharks and humans safe." - Theresa van As

  • Mar 14, 2021 - USD $ 66.85
  • "My old stomping ground! Still return every year from the UK. Great work, great cause and an excellent effort taking on the swim. " - Craig Terry

  • Mar 11, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    good luck with the swim! thanks for your hard work.

    " - Liz Palmer

  • Mar 10, 2021 - USD $ 12.99
  • "Swims well. Thanks for your commitment. Greetings from Germany" - Stephan

  • Mar 10, 2021 - USD $ 12.99
  • "Thank you for all of your hard work " - Kate

  • Mar 10, 2021 - USD $ 11.56
  • "This isn’t much but go team!" - saltylotus

  • Mar 09, 2021 - USD $ 64.64
  • "Keep Strong!" - Coates

  • Mar 09, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Go Team! So proud of you! #NetCrew4Life!!" - Sarah Waries

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Statistics

Donations to date

R 26 980.05

Fundraising target

R 26 000.00
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Shark Spotters improves beach safety by applying innovative and responsible shark safety solutions that reduce the spatial overlap between people and sharks, thereby reducing the risk of a shark bite. We also provide emergency response in the event of a shark incident, as well as conduct cutting-edge applied research on shark behaviour and ecology, raise awareness about shark safety and conservation issues, and provide employment opportunities and skills development for shark spotters.