With a strong Afrikaans tradition in most of the boys schools in the area, schools are more focused on rugby and netball than swimming and water polo. As the Afrikaans schools become dual-medium and are anglicized, their sporting priorities also change, and so aquatic sports gain prominance in those schools.
Paarl Gymnasium netball ranked in the top 5 nationally during 2017, and Paarl Boys High was the number one ranked school in South African school's rugby in 2017. The four girls schools in the area - Rhenish and Bloemhof from Stellenbosch and Meisieskool and la Rochelle from Paarl compete in their own 4M championships for swimming and athletics. In 2017 Rhenish won for the `12th consecutive year - an indication of their commitment to aquatic sports.
Hoër Jongenskool (Boys High) - Paarl
Dating from 1868, Boyshaai is one of the powerhouses of South African school sport. The school built it's first swimming pool in 1927, and today they participate in Boland and Western Province gala and water polo matches. The primary school has been successful in swimming. During this season two pupils represented the Boland Primary Schools swimming team. Another swimmer also represented South Africa at the CANA Zone IV Invitational Swimming Championships in Luanda, Angola.
In 2015 two pupils were selected to participate in the South African Schools’ Championships in Gauteng as part of the Western Cape Swimming team.
One of the top 5 ranked netball schools in the country, the school does have a swimming pool but does not focus on aquatic sports. There is no water polo program, although pupils do compete in the Boland biathlon championships.
Another top ten ranked rugby school, Paarl Gymnasium does not feature in aquatic sports, although the school does have a 5 lane pool. it competes against local rivals Hoër Meisieskool and Hoër
Jongenskool in an annualinter-schools gala.
One of the oldest girl's schools in the country, la Rochelle was founded in 1860. In Paarl it competes with local rivals Meisieskool and Gymnasium, as well as in the 4M gala.
Die skool het op 10 April 1905 met ongeveer 30 leerlinge begin. In 1920 word Noord-Eind as ‘n Afrikaansmedium skool verklaar. Die Laerskool Noord-Eind is vandag nog een van die oudste Afrikaansmedium skole in die Wes-Kaap.
Another post-1994 private school, Bridge House is a recent addition to the local schools sports scene. It has an outdoor 25m swimming pool, and competes in both swimming and water polo. The school hosts an annual open water mile race.