View Full Version : Bonaire EcoSwim 2006

December 5th, 2005, 11:47 PM
The INFO and ENTRY FORMS are now posted for the 2006 Bonaire EcoSwim:


INFO: http://www.randynutt.com/bainfo06.pdf

ENTRY: http://www.randynutt.com/baentry06.pdf

Comments from the 2005 swim:

“Swimming the shores of Bonaire is the most spectacular swimming I have ever done in my 40 years of swimming! This event is open water swimming at its finest. Spectacular snorkeling, fabulous people and great organization! Don't miss it in 2006!”
Sue Welker, Illinois
Head Coach Naperville Waves Swim Club

“Just wanted to say thanks again for a great swim! Bonaire is great, whether you are swimming on top of the water, or diving below the surface. And I met so many wonderful people - swimmers are always the most fun! Still thinking about next year!”
Diana Corbin, Maryland

”The Bonaire 5K swim was by far the most enjoyable and beautiful swim race that I have had the opportunity to compete in. The race coordination, administration and support during the race was excellent. In addition the 5k course was along the beautiful coral encrusted shoreline that created a backdrop for amazing fish sightings; I saw a spotted ray eel, sea turtle and a ship wreck during the swim! The Caribbean water is soooo blue and incredibly clear that you really have to experience it for yourself to appreciate it. No postcard could ever do this water and location justice. I am looking forward to the challenge and new undersea adventures waiting for me to discover during the next Bonaire Eco Swim!”
Carol Carr, Nashville, TN
Westside Swim Coach –’80 & 84 Olympic Swimmer.

“Athletes who have participated in Randy Nutt's Bonaire Eco-Swim now agree with divers across the world that Bonaire is an aquatic paradise. While swimming in the waters of Bonaire, it is hard to take the time to turn your head for a breath, the reefs & fish below are mesmerizing. I won't miss this event next year!”
Ralph “LaneLine” MacIntyre, Atlanta, GA

“Randy and his gang put together yet another wonderful swim for all of us who decide swimming a 10K (or a 5K or a mile) at a glorious, tropical island is the way to go. It was an adventure that warms your heart and strengthens your soul. I'll be back next year for sure.”
Gretchen Van De Carr
Durham, NC

“The Bonaire Open Water Swim is a wonderful opportunity to swim one's choice in distances in a truly beautiful setting. Besides this, the island offers a great chance to get away from the world as we know it and really relax and enjoy the water, the people, the fish and the assortment of restaurants. Highly recommended!!”
Russ Frazier, Tampa
Coach SunCoast Y Swimfit

December 29th, 2005, 08:11 AM
Any chance one day the Bonaire swim won't be so close to the St Croix 5 mile swim (swimrace.com) again? Is the Bonaire swim going to continue to be moved up every year? I was hoping this year it'd be in mid-November again so I could do both but now they're on the same day. :confused:

December 29th, 2005, 03:15 PM
Hi watergrrl,

The Bonaire EcoSwim date was scheduled on the only weekend available for the on island supporters -hope you decide to join us this year! We offer 3 distances a 10k, 5k, or a mile swim and we do have fin divisions as well.

The just released 2006 Readers Choice Awards in the Jan/Feb issue of Scuba Diving lists Bonaire # 1 as the Caribbean’s Top Dive Destination and # 1 in the Top Shore Diving Category. Our race course for all 3 distances runs above these beautiful reefs with the most pristine waters in the Caribbean.

If you want more details see our info and entry forms posted here: www.aquamoonadventures.com or email me directly at info@randynutt.com

January 7th, 2006, 11:21 AM
*sigh* My dream event... Someday :)

Thanks for putting the event together, Randy.

Peace and love and all that good stuff...

January 11th, 2006, 08:10 AM
Live your dream!

Once you get to Bonaire you will agree it was worth it -see some of the quotes in the first post in this thread. Once there the food and other on island costs are very reasonable.

In the past most airlines have offered substantial discounts on their airfare starting in the spring or early summer so keep checking and if you don’t have a travel agent feel free to contact Cammie Akins at:

Caradonna Dive Adventures
800-328-2288 X 100 Phone
407-774-9000 X 100 Phone
407-682-6000 Fax

March 27th, 2006, 01:37 PM
Okay Randy, I'm seriously considering tossing the Coral Reef Swim out the door and heading to Bonaire this year. Need more info before I can convince my husband though. Can you post a little about the support along the way for the 10k, and describe the currents and route? Does it cross any channels or is it all along the shore?

Also, I know Bonaire has amazing diving, but how's the snorkeling? that is, will the swim be super amazing or just standard caribbean good clear water with some interesting stuff to look at every so often?

March 27th, 2006, 04:19 PM

Since the Olympics now have a 10K open water event I am sure the popularity of this distance will only grow. Our 10k course runs along the shore, up and back, crossing one channel, and without major currents. The Bonaire Marine Park offers support and safety boats as do several of the dive operations. We offer 3 water and/or island juice stops during the 10K. (I’ll clarify the island juice as it does sound like my favorite Appleton’s rum and fruit drink! It is a non-alcoholic island sports drink)

Most dive magazines recognize Bonaire as a diver’s paradise and in annual readers polls the island is consistently ranked high so many times it’s silly. Even with this information I’d guess only 30-40% or so of the participants dive –the rest snorkel. I’ve been a certified diver for over 29 years but freedive and snorkel more than I dive in these amazing waters. A social we often do a as a group is a snorkel trip on the Samur, a Vietnamese sailing junk (see photo on the home page of my website). Not sure if your husband is also a swimmer but if not he will definitely enjoy the snorkeling and other island activities.

One of the dive shops has a resident marine biologist who offers a class pointing out the different types of beautiful sea life just off Bonaire’s shores. He mentioned that there are some 200 different species of tropical fish found on these reefs –more than anywhere else. (A note to those wondering about sharks – they are not known to be on the race side of this island. I have not seen one in the past 7 years and I look for them!)

So I hope you join us –the only thing better than the most amazing and beautiful waters in the Caribbean are the swimmers you will meet and hang around with during the trip.

March 27th, 2006, 04:38 PM
Thanks, Randy, for all that extra information. A few more questions for you though. What's the support like other than having water stops? When we did the coral reef swim there were tons of kayakers that were with the swimmers the whole way. Is there boat/kayak support for the EcoSwim too?

Along the same lines, is there a time limit for the 10k? When I did the 5 miler, it took me about 3.5 hours. (They'd set a 4 hour limit.) Granted that was only with 3 weeks training but I'm more of a slow and steady swimmer even with actual training.

March 27th, 2006, 04:54 PM
Yes we have kayakers along with the boats.

The time limit has been 4.5 hours. Looking at past results from swimmers who have done both events their times have been similar.

If you have additional questions feel free to email me at info@randynutt.com

April 11th, 2006, 10:20 AM
Hi! Just wanted to add my 2 cents worth here. I did the Bonaire 10k last year. It was a great event! I had been to Bonaire before (my hubby and I are both divers), but the swim was an added bonus. I met some really great people there. A couple of my friends from Bonaire are even coming to Maryland to do the Cheasapeake Bay Swim this June.

I too am not very fast - as Randy can attest! But I was steady swimming. It took me 4 hours and 5 minutes to complete the swim. There were boats along the way, but not many kayakers. I ended up having my own personal escort back to the starting dock, since I was dead last! It worked out very well.

If you are going to Bonaire in October, the BEST investment you could make right now is to get scuba certified this summer before you go. The diving in Bonaire is FABULOUS!

Since I did Bonaire last year, I am planning to do St Croix this year. I want to see how they compare. I will probably be back in Bonaire next year, though. My husband and I love diving there.

Good luck with your training. You should be fine.