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Please be advised that these Social Swims do not have a safety infrastructure in place. The safety is provided by the swimmers themselves and this take place in the form of the “buddy” system. Should you arrive at any of these swims, please make it clear that it’s your first time and some on within the group will run through the swim route/rules of the day. Plus one of the swimmers will be your “buddy” for the swim. Do not attempt to swim alone as the sea can be so unpredictable.
And so if you are traveling to Cape Town to attempt an Atlantic Ocean (Robben Island or Cape Point) swim, it would be advisable to do some training in the ocean. Camps Bay Beach or 4th Beach Clifton, are perfect for this as both are reasonably well protected bays and the water is normally calm and cold. It is however never advisable to swim on your own so that your first port of call should be one of the social swims described below.
THE CHILLY ATLANTIC
Camps Bay Beach
There is a social swim at Camps Bay every Sunday morning at 09:00 all year round. This is a purely social swim and newcomers are welcome and will be looked after by the more experienced swimmers as they acclimatise to the cold. Sea temperatures are usually around 13 degrees, but can go as low as 9 degrees and as high as 19 degrees. The course of 1.5km is close to shore so that swimmers can exit at any point. The picture below shows a particularly beautiful morning at Camps Bay.
We meet on the lawns in front of Cafe Caprice and afterwards we always stay on at Caprice for hot chocolates and breakfast. Thus it is also an ideal opportunity to meet many of the best and most experienced local swimmers and to find out what is happening locally. For further information contact Andrew Chin on 083 708 1390.
Clifton 4th Beach
On most Sundays the swim is at Camps Bay, but on the first Sunday of the month there is an organised swim at Clifton 4th Beach, where for a small fee you get lifeguards and your time over the course. Both the Camps Bay and Clifton swims are around 1.5km and usually very cold.
Week Day Swims (during the summer months)
Clifton 4th Beach
Keen swimmers gather at Clifton 4th Beach for a dip from 17:00 onwards. They generally swim between the rocks either side of 4th beach a couple of times, and but when conditions are flat they might venture to 1st beach and back (1.5km)
Big Bay Beach, Blouberg
If you live in the Northern Suburbs, and the Tableview area, each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 06:00 a social swim takes place from outside Big Bay Life Saving Club. The distance is temperature related. You can contact Derrick on 082 770 5798.
FACEBOOK SUNDAY HOT CHOCOLATE GROUPS:
Our usual cold swim with hot chocolate . Every Sunday in camps bay 9am by Caprice. Founded by Andrew Chin and Ram Barkai since 1999. The purpose of the group is place pre swim info on conditions and post swim stories.
Other groups have popped up:
Camps Bay Andrew Chin and Ram Barkai
Knysna Delle Henry
Weskus (Langebaan) Walter Hart
Jeffreys Bay Brenton Williams