Motivational Talks

Sarah Ferguson, develops and conducts each talk, making them school-specific and age-appropriate, while retaining the gist of the message: to live deeply and tread lightly. The talks are designed to inspire our future generations to go and live their dream, being mindful of the impact their daily choices have on the environment.

About Sarah

Sarah is a physiotherapist and runs a private practice in Durban North at a multi-disciplinary center. She is also a motivational speaker, Pilates instructor, a retired National Swimmer and swim coach, an advocate for the plight against plastic, and an ambassador for Plastic Oceans International.

Sarah is passionate about the ocean and works tirelessly to safeguard it for future generations to enjoy and appreciate responsibly.

In 2011 Sarah took part in her first ocean race in Hawaii where she found her passion for open water swimming, making the decision to do something meaningful with her swimming talents.

Since 2012 she has been competing in, and pioneering, ocean swims both locally and internationally, to help raise awareness of single-use plastic pollution.

Her Swims

GUINESS WORLD RECORD – Circumnavigation of Easter Island | March 2019 | 63.5km | 19hr8min

Elephant Coast Swim Series | July 2018 | 100km | 6 days

1st African woman to swim Ka’iwi Channel crossing | July 2017 | 58km | 17:54

1st person to swim Aliwal Shoal solo swim | May 2017 | 18km | 5:00

MAD swimmers 24hr swim | January 2016 | 45km | 24:00

Cape Point solo swim | December 2015 | 8km | 2:06

Robben Island solo swim | January 2015 | 7.3km | 2:02

1st woman to swim Umhlanga to Durban | June 2014 | 17.9km | 4:16

Breathe Ocean Conservation is her NPO, an organisation that aims to eliminate throw away plastic.

Services Description
30- 40 minute interactive talk This talk is Sarah’s story and her experiences swimming in the ocean intermingled with some facts about plastic and the importance of changing behaviour. She includes some tips on what individuals can do to make a difference
Keynote talk for prize giving, 30-60 minutes Sarah Can tailor make a talk to various themes, her focus is usually around teamwork, courage and motivational.
Documentary on download We have 2 documentaries available- ‘A Plastic Ocean’ is a powerful educational documentary suitable for all ages that drives home the need to do our bit to save the planet against plastic pollution. ‘Against the current’ is the story of Sarah’s circumnavigation of Rapa Nui- it is an inspiring story highlighting the importance of team work’ A plastic ocean is freely available on Netflix and ‘Against the Current is available for download from the official website: Click Here
School branded Lizzy Bottles and coffee mugs/ flasks

*Wholesale prices can be discussed*

Please note that all monies received for talks and workshops are done on a cost recovery basis and contribute to ongoing product development and running costs for Breathe, and to provide talks in disadvantaged schools and institutions that are not in a position to pay for external speakers. If you are unable to pay for a talk please let us know and we will make every effort to accommodate you. We never want finances to get in the way of protecting our oceans.

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