Launched in 2018 by sibling keen and sea loving open-water swimmers and Felicia and Almer Agmyren, Swim for Clean Seas returns to the capital this year with a bigger programme than ever before, all designed to encourage awareness of ocean pollution.

By engaging the community in fun, interactive activities and encouraging them to take a swim in the gorgeous blue waters surrounding Saadiyat Island, Swim for Clean Seas is a proactive way to bring together swimmers, sea lovers, the environmentally curious and families in a healthy, engaging activity.

At 6:30am on April 21, Saadiyat Beach at Jumeirah Saadiyat will be buzzing with excitement as registered swimmers take to the oceans, followed by speakers, games, raffles and prizes.

Adding extra gravitas to the event, this year represents the first collaboration with The Yas SeaWorld Research & Rescue Center, as an environmental partner, courtesy of Center Director, Dr Elise Marquis and Educational Manager Erin Eaton. The Center’s team will be delivering some educational games and information about marine life conservation during the event.

This year is also the first time that the event’s newly appointed ‘School Swim Ambassadors’ will display the work they’ve done relating to plastic waste at a series of workshops leading up to the event.

Swim for Clean Seas Ambassador, Dr Sarra Lajnef OLY, the first Tunisian female swimmer to qualify for the Olympics will be present on the day as well, “I encourage swimmers and the active community of all abilities to participate and show their support for the cause. We are all responsible for the state of our seas and oceans and we can all make a difference from our humble positions. No action is small and understanding the current situation is very important for the future generations to take on the torch and continue the work.”

Event co-founder Felicia Agmyren says: “We believe bringing the community together has a far greater impact and reach than we could ever imagine in helping keep our seas clean and to make them even cleaner. If we come together, collectively, we can make a greater impact for the health of our seas.

“What better way to pay tribute to what clean seas feel like than to actually get in there and swim – regardless of distance and ability. Showing up to learn and do more is already half the battle won.”

April 21, 6:30 AM – 10 AM

Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort

Open to all Ages above 8 with different swim distances and levels.

Swim distances are: 2 Miles (3,200m), 1 Mile (1,600m), 1/2 Mile (800m), 1/4 Mile (400m) and 200m Splash & Dash.

Entry Fee: AED90-200, depending on age and distance.

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