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Balearic Swim Challenge

Join a TeamJames Hipkiss

Between September and December I will be swimming solo and non-stop between the major Balearic Islands and mainland Spain.

This will be an extreme feat of endurance and has never been attempted before.I am looking for volunteers to provide support for my training, which I am undertaking primarily in Mallorca, Spain, but also in the UK during August 2016. Volunteers are required in Colonia Sant Jordi in south east Mallorca from mid-July where my training base is located.Board and lodging will be provided for volunteers with the right skills and experience but there is currently no budget to cover travel costs and other incidentals. I'm looking for experienced kayakers (with plenty of sea kayaking experience) and RIB drivers (preferably with minimum RYA Powerboat Level 2 ticket). Preferably also with first aid skills and VHF licence. RIB and 4.7 metre Touryak sea kayak and all kit and safety equipment provided. Social media and photography/videography skills would also be very useful.Id love to hear from people who are willing to get stuck in and support me while I train in all conditions at some very strange hours.A good sense of humour is vital.

Our team motto is nothing hard is easy and you will soon find out why! Im going to be raising lots of money and awareness for Balearic marine-related charities and its going to be a great adventure so if you are interested in getting involved drop me a line to find out more.To view a short promo video about my Balearic Swim Challenge click here:https://vimeo.com/131750612Like our Facebook page to get the latest updates:https://www.facebook.com/AnnaWardleyEnduranceSwimmer.

And you can follow me on Twitter at:https://twitter.com/annawardley. See below for some background information about me andthe challenge.Temperature: 12-21CThe swimmer: Anna Wardley, 39, is a British endurance swimmer and charity fundraiser with a strong track record for completing gruelling swims. Anna took up swimming when she was 31 and completed a solo Channel swim two years later. In 2013 she completed her Five Island Swim Challenge, culminating in a 60-mile non-stop swim around the Isle of Wight in 26hours and 33 minutes. To date Anna has raised over 65,000 (90,000) for charity and is a sought-after motivational speaker.She was named Inspirational Woman of the Year 2013 at the Johnston Press South Awards in recognition of her incredible swimming achievements and outstanding efforts raising money for charity. Anna also heads up Seagrass Communications Limited, an international PR and event management agency specialising in the marine sector and sailing events.

The rules: Anna will swim under strict Channel swimming rules, which include wearing just a regular swimsuit, cap and goggles. In the water she cannot make any contact with her support vessels and cannot receive any outside assistance; food and drink will be passed to her in a net by her support team.Time frames: September to December 2015 Stage 1: Menorca to Mallorca: 37km Time frame: September/October 2015 Stage 2: Mallorca to Ibiza: 88km Timeframe: October/November 2015 Stage 3: Ibiza to mainland Spain(Denia): 90km Time frame: November/December 2015Potential hazards: Inclement weather, injury,jellyfish, large sea mammals and marine traffic. Comprehensive risk assessments and safety management plans will be in place to mitigate these risks.from 15th Jul 2015 to 15th Dec 2016.