The Rachel Finlayson Beach Baths was built in 1912, on English 100 yard model. Here seen after a recent upgrade.
Cedric Savage, A Lith, Tut Marwick, R Fincham, R Price, J Kosinsky, W Joyce, H rodwell, S Mulholland, D Watson, K Mullins, Jane Bands, D McLaughlin, D Hill, Lou Savage, Mrs McLaughlin, L Coetzee, S Parrot, M Meiring, T von Wieragin, JM Schorn, June Lyle, Pixie Hall, Maggie Petzer
Natal's "Banana Girls" at the 1955 nationals
Natal - known to the british as the Garden Colony - joined SAASU in 1905, quickly become a dominant force in South African swimming, and hosting its first national championship in March 1907. The hot weather helped Natal swimmers training all year, while competitors from the other centres were only able to swim for half the year.
Today the old Natal ASA has disappeared without a trace - no online records of their records or Natal Springboks exits. The Queens Park SC, founded in 1893, is a one of the oldest extant clubs in the country, with Seals from Pietermaritzburg thriving owners of the Midmar Mile mega-event. Another old Natal club was the 1924 Tech SC.
The main facility in the province was the Durban Beach Baths - later renamed to the Rachael Finlayson Baths - a 100 yard salt water pool, where 21 new SA records were set during the 1976 nationals. It has now been taken over by the nearby Kings Park indoor facility as the premier swimming venue in South Africa
Natal girls relay victory - a common site at nationals