There is usually someone training for a crossing, so contact anyone listed below or CLDSA for more information.
There is a social swim at Camps Bay every Sunday morning with the Sunday Hot Chocolate Swimming Group at 9h00 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. The course of 1.5km is close to shore so that swimmers can exit at any point.
The group meets on the lawns in front of Cafe Caprice with hot chocolate afterwards. This is an ideal opportunity to meet many of the best and most experienced local swimmers and to find out what is happening locally.
Contact Ram Barkai on WhatsApp: +27 082 656 8909
Facebook group: Sunday Hot Chocolate Swimming Group
There is a separate WhatsApp group for social swims on the Atlantic side particularly from Camps Bay and Clifton 4th beaches during the week.
Contact Delle Henry: +27 083 292 2928 to be added to the WhatsApp group.
If you live in the Northern Suburbs, and the Tableview area, social swims take place from outside Big Bay Life Saving Club and Little Bay. The distance is temperature related.
If you live in the False Bay area, there are Sunday social swims called ATB “Around the Buoy” at Simon’s Town Long Beach at 09h00.
|Location||Name of Group||Contact Person||Contact Details|
|Durban Harbour Wall||Durban Undersea Club (DUC) open water swimming||Steve Evans||+27 082 855 5516|
|Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth)||Ralph West||+27 082 806 3030 / +27 074 730 0650|
|Hermanus||Hermanus Open Water Group||Herman de Vries||+27 082 739 0159|
|Jeffrey’s Bay||Marina Mile 30 Dec||Brenton Williams||+27 083 549 6795|
|Johannesburg||Karon “Kiki” Marx||+ 27 083 692 6399|
|Colin Gluch||+27 083 255 1199|
|Knysna||Knysna Seahorses||Delle Henry||+27 083 292 2928|
|Langebaan||Langebaan Lagoon Open Water Swim Club||Walter Hart||+27 072 795 5371|
|Floating Ducks||Hanli Theron||+27 082 853 8187|
|Location||Coach / Club||Contact||Details|
Point Virgin Foreshore & City Bowl
Britt has access to the Waterfront Canals twice a week
|Britt runs a swim squad and she trains open water swimmers for Robben Island crossings|
|Goodwood Swimming Pool||Phoenix Open Water Swimming Club||Joyce Blows|
+27 083 648 4338
|Find more details on Facebook: “Phoenix Open Water Swimming Club”|
Mon/ Wed evenings at Clifton
Weekend swims in Simon's Town
|Cape Town Open Water Co||Maryse Pretorius|
+27 071 878 7941
|Find more details on website: www.capetownswim.com|
|Wynberg Military Base||Gary Freeling|
+27 082 216 3633
Squad coaching Mon/Tues/Thurs
|The Quadrant Claremont||FUNdamental Swimming||Coaching by top open water swimmers including, Claire Amner|
|Sea Point Pavilion|
+27 068 259 6325
+27 083 7359777
|Athlone||Marlin Swimming Club (MSC)|
Fagri: +27 0833207366
|More information: www.marlins.co.za|
There are a number of training squads that access the canals at the Waterfront for regular squad training. The canals are filled with sea water can provide training from 1.6km up to 3.2km in a 2 hour session and are slightly warmer than the sea and protected.
In 1898 the reservoir was built to be used as a water supply, but since 1912 this beautifully still body of water, surrounded by picnic spots and trees as part of the Silvermine Nature Reserve, is home to birds, fish, dogs in search of sticks and happy human swimmers. The Dam temperatures are usually warmer than the sea in summer but can drop quite low in winter. The distance from one length of the dam to another is about 300m. If a swimmer follows a triangular route around the dam, each route or lap, can equal about 700m.
Cape Town’s swimming pools boast world-class facilities such as Olympic-sized pools, springboard diving pools and splash pools for children. There are 35 public pools in Cape Town.
Some of the more well-known and popular pools for open water swimmers are listed below, other swimming pool information can be found here.
Please refer to the City of Cape Town’s website or contact the local pool directly for up-to-date information on the entrance fees and opening hours. Some pools may be closed due to maintenance.
|Long Street Indoor Pool||This 25m heated pool is a popular training facility especially used in winter.|
|Newlands Swimming Pool||This 50m pool on the Main Road Newlands is a popular site for the local school galas.|
|Sea Point Pavilion||This beautiful 50 m Sea Point sea water pool is part of the Sea Point Promenade Lower Beach Road. Open throughout the year.|
|Trafalgar Swimming Pool, Woodstock||This 48m pool provides a good City Bowl training option located in Woodstock|
|Wynberg Swimming Pool||This 30m pool is on Rosmead Avenue, Wynberg.|
Cape Town has several tidal pools with some being used for open water training offering a relatively protected environment when the sea is too rough to swim in.
Some of the more popular tidal pools are listed below:
Atlantic Sea Board
Camps Bay Tidal Pool
The most popular tidal pool to train on the Atlantic Seaboard as swimmers can get distances of up to 50m.
A smaller tidal pool in-between Camps Bay and Clifton often used by holiday makers.
A popular dipping tidal pool in Bantry Bay,
A shallow tidal pool near the famous colourful St James beach houses. This can get very busy in summer.
Dale Brook - Kalk Bay
This tidal pool has become very popular with a large number of swimmers each morning.
Brass Bell - Kalk Bay
There are two interconnected pools. Can often have bluebottles and debris lurking in it.
Woolys - Clovelly
A tidal pool located below the railway line which is a great place for a dip.
A beautiful pool with a slide.
The recently refurbished tidal pool is beautiful but very shallow.
Cape Point Nature Reserve
The tidal pools at Buffel’s Bay are beautiful but there is an entrance fee into the Cape Point Nature Reserve.