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The rugged coastline and cold waters of the Atlantic meant the colonials from Europe built a number of tidal pools for safer and more comfortable swimming.The development of the shoreline in Table Bay probably meant many swimming sports have disappeared, and some, like the rock pool opposite the Green Point lighthouse seems to have fallen into disuse, or like Graaf's Pool, was deliberately demolished. Click here to the an article on Graaf's tidal pool. Follow this link to see a map of all Pools and Places in South African aquatic sports history. 


The less glamerous Milton Beach in Sea Point seems to be the northern-most tidal pool along the Atlantic coast of Cape Town. A short distance further south is the well known Sea Point Pavilion, and then the tidal pool at Saunders Rock.

Saunders Rock


Around the point, past Clifton Beach, is Maiden's Cove with two tidal pools. 


On the other side of Camp's Bay beach is a big tidal pool, sometimes used for races by Cape Open Water.


Past Camp's Bay, there are only two more tidal pools before Cape Point, both at Soetwater in Kommetjie. The first one is at the camp site, and the second further south, at the Scout Camp. 

Soetwater Scout camp.


The coastline south to Cape Point is rocky and pounded by big surf. The next tidal pool is in False Bay, at Buffelsbaai insde the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Beyond False Bay the Southern Cape coast, which stretches to the Kei river, north of East London.


 

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