Atlantic Seaboard

The Atlantic Seaboard is the site of some popular social open water swims from its many beautiful beaches including Clifton 4th and Camps Bay.

It is notably one of the coldest stretches for long distance swims making it less popular among swimmers but it remains one of the most beautiful coastlines to explore. The Atlantic seaboard routes stretch all the way from Kommetjie to the Oceana Yacht Club at the Waterfront.

History

Kommetjie – Hout Bay
The Kommetjie to Hout Bay swim was pioneered by Derek Yach in 1990. Since then only 6 swimmers have successfully completed the swim with the last swim done by Victoria and Guy McKenzie in 2010.

Llandudno – Camps Bay
The Llandudno to Camps Bay swim was first swum by a group of swimming friends: Andrew Chin, Chris Green and Ram Barkai. Since then it has been a bucket list swim for many Cape Town open water swimmers because of the scenic coastline.

Oceana Swims
Other less popular routes are from the Camps Bay and Clifton beaches to the Oceana Yacht Club at the Waterfront.

Route Variations

Clifton – Oceana

  • 8km

This is a one-way swim from Clifton 4th beach to the Oceana Yacht Club at the Waterfront along the Sea Point coastline.

Camps Bay – Oceana

  • 10km

This is a one-way swim from the Camps Bay beach (Glen Beach side) to the Oceana Yacht Club at the Waterfront along the Sea Point coastline.

Llandudno – Camps Bay

  • 8km

The route usually starts on the right-hand side of Llandudno Beach and hugs the coastline to Oudekraal and then takes a straight line directly towards Camps Bay to avoid adding extra distance by following the coastline. Skippers should consider the direction of the current here because sometimes it can be against the swimmer.

Kommetjie – Hout Bay

  • 9km

A slightly longer swim at 9km and swimmers can expect the cooler Atlantic temperatures.

Location Statistics

Avg. Water Temp

12 °C

First Llandudno – Camps Bay

2007 Andrew Chin, Chris Green and Ram Barkai

Fastest Llandudno – Camps Bay

2016 Prabhat Koli 02:14:00

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