From Openwaterpediaopen water swimmer and open water swimming race director and visionary. He organizes the Steers Marina Mile, the Kouga Express Eastern Province Open Water Swimming Series, the Jeffreys Bay Swim Challenge held along Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay, and the JBay Cold Water Swim Classic in Marina Martinique in South Africa.
Williams was also a member of the team that set a new world record of 350 km for a continual open water swimming relay at the Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, together with Ralph West, JC van Wyk, Greg Tucker, Russell Tucker, and Sanmarie Woithe.
He finished fifth in the 8 km Deep Blue Invitational Swim in October 2012 and completed the Shell Festival Sea Swim in Boneyards in September 2012 despite swimming all butterfly. He also became the first person in the world to complete the 11.5 km crossing between 3 Anchor Bay and Robben Island swimming butterfly on 3 December 2012 in 12ºC (53.6ºF) water, ratified by the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association.
He also set the South African record for the longest non-stop butterfly swim in an open body of water with a 17 km marathon swim in 6 hours 20 minutes in Marina Martinique in Jeffreys Bay on 31 December 2012.
- 5.5 km Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge 2011
- 10 km at the 2011 Steers Marina Mile 2011
- 5 km Shipwreck swim in Cape Town in January 2012
- 8 km Nelson Bay Bell Buoy Challenge 2012
- 4 km Jeffreys Bay Swim Challenge 2012
- 2011 Steers Marina Mile
- 2011 Lions Mile
- 2012 Redhouse River Mile
2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year Nomination
Williams' 8 km of butterfly in the Deep Blue Invitational Swim was nominated for the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year award. His World Open Water Swimming Association nomination reads,
Cold, rough, and windy. Brenton Williams smiles at the thought. In a country that breeds hardened open water swimmers who redefine grit and backbone in the open water, Williams antes up one more challenge among his South African brethren. South Africa’s toughest extreme swimmers gathered at a tough 8 km swim at the Deep Blue Invitational Swim. But he took a hard look at the cold water, stared down the wind-whipped turgid seas, and threw it a butterfly curve ball: the whole way without a break in his stroke. In water that dropped to 10.5°C, Williams kept his double-armed stroke going, breathing into the aggressively nasty Atlantic Ocean. Like bullets bouncing off the chest of a superhero, neither waves nor cold slowed down the undulating Williams. For his 3 hour 40 minute gut-wrenching butterfly in water that dipped to 10.5°C, for his focus on maintaining his stroke in seas swollen with haphazard turbulence, Brenton Williams’ Deep Blue butterfly is a worthy nominee for the 2012 WOWSA Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.
- Jeffreys Bay Swim Challenge
- On A Marathon Mission
- Swimmers Succeed at Surfbreak Swim at Supertubes
- Deep Blue Invitational Swim
- In So Deep In Water So Blue
- It's A Draw: Extreme Swimmers 7 vs. Deep Blue 7
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Brenton Williams, Deep Blue Flying
- Swimming With Buff In Boneyards, Shell Festival Sea Swim
- Brenton Williams Takes A Flyer To Robben Island
- Flying Into A Happy New Year
- Butterfly Swim Rules In The Open Water
- Skins Turn Grey At The JBay Cold Water Swim Classic
- List Of Butterfly Swims In The Open Water
- Metsi Open Water Swim Series In Marina Martinique
- The Uncommon, Unselfish Bravery Of Terry Olivier