5 ways to swim wild in SA

Getaway (South Africa) - - TRAVEL -

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.

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