Sharks, waves, stingers: Brothers on two-week Keppel swim
HIGH winds, sharks, metre high waves and stingers all add to the excitement for the Schroder brothers who love nothing better than a challenge.
In their latest dare in a lifetime of brotherly challenges, Cam, 58, and Tim, 56, are embarking on a two-week Australia Day swim around the Keppel Islands to raise money for Variety Children's Charity.
The brothers want to raise $10,000 so they beefed up the mammoth swim that Cam began yesterday when he swam from Humpy to Halfway Island.
Cam said the next leg of the journey would be from Halfway Island to Great Keppel, camp then head to Middle Island and Miall for another camp.
"Tim lives in Sydney so he is meeting me at Sloping Island and together we will swim to North Keppel and on to Corroboree Island where we will camp before the last leg of the swim from Corroboree to Conical Island," Cam said.
"I will be camping in between each leg of the swim at six uninhabited islands.
"I'm looking forward to Tim meeting up with me halfway through the swim.
"We have been challenging each other our whole lives so it will be nice to have him there egging me on, but we won't be racing.
"Tim is a champion swimmer and given that I will be towing my body board stacked up with my tent, sleeping bag and stove behind on a rope, he is there for moral support this time."
Cam said as young people, he and his brother were more likely to dare each other into challenges than offer support.
"Once I built a cubby house and Tim went one better, he climbed to the top of a huge pine tree near the Lammermoor Servo with the intention of building a bigger better cubby house than mine and was driving a nail in with the back of a tomahawk," he said.
"The nail came flinging out and hit him square in the forehead, there was blood everywhere, but he was more concerned about what our mother would say.
"Needless to say, that was the end of our cubby building careers."
Cam said Tim had been an amazing swimmer his whole life and has swum with the threat of great white sharks in icy South Australian waters along with many other challenges.
"I was a runner, but my knees and hips gave out, so I started swimming around the shark buoys off Yeppoon Main Beach about five years ago, increasing my distance as I have gotten stronger.
"When I started I could only swim 100 metres, so I have come a long way.
"About two years ago, Tim dared me to do the swim at night, so I did it at midnight."
Cam, who says the threat of sharks or rough weather just adds to the challenge, did beat his brother once in a swimming race at Heron Island.
Tim gave Cam a two-minute start then ran into a shark he had to manoeuvre his way around.
"It didn't do much for his self-confidence and I won the only swim race I have ever beaten him in," Cam said.
The brothers will have a support crew of one in a tinnie nearby should they run into trouble.
Cam has opted to tow his camping requirements to add to the challenge and to be as independent on the journey as possible, even though just last week he thought about calling the entire challenge of.
"When we came over a week ago to put emergency water on one of the islands, the weather was really bad, and I was a little worried, but I had already committed to my 4500 Facebook friends, so I went ahead with it anyway," he said.
"So far it has gone really well so I am looking forward to completing the whole course and raising money for a very worthwhile cause."
To help the brothers raise money for Variety visit Cam Schroder's Facebook page and follow the links.