5 ways to swim wild in SA
SA has an abundance of open water for swimming – two oceans, myriad dams, lagoons and rivers. However, it’s best not to tackle these alone, particularly the sea, which can be dangerous due to currents, tides, rips and animals. There are numerous open-water swimming groups across the country that welcome those keen to take the plunge.
1 The Sunday Hot Chocolate Swimming Group meets in Camps Bay in Cape Town every Sunday at 9am and swims in pretty chilly water. Swimmers warm up afterwards with a hot chocolate at Café Caprice. Call Ram Barkai on 082- 656-8909 or find it on Facebook.
2 Jeffrey’s Bay Open Water Swim Club also operates throughout the year, with summer swims on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.15pm and winter forays on Sundays at 9.30am. The group swims in the protected waters of the marina, which makes it a perfect spot for beginners. Call Brenton Williams on 083549- 6795 or find it on Facebook.
3 Stellenbosch Open Water Club (3YO Training Camps) swims in fresh water at Boschendal wine estate at 5.30pm every Friday in summer and at 3pm on the first Sunday of the month in winter. Call Annchen Clarke on 073- 052-3770 or check it out on Facebook.
4 The Blu Smooth Group in Port Elizabeth, which has been going for three years, swims at 5pm every Friday from Hobie Beach, weather permitting. Call Kevin Richards on 074-730- 0650.
5 In Durban, an informal group has started swimming from the Durban Underwater Club. Call Geoff Harrison on 083-382-7086. Victoria Lake Club Triathlon and Open Water Swimming in Germiston holds regular weekend swims. Call Donovan Hutcheon on 083-291- 6140 and keep an eye on its Facebook page.