Oceans and Beaches

People in South Africa will do recreational swimming anywhere they can, but the places where there have been organised open water races and long distance marathon swims are few. Despite the long coastline, there aren't many recognised swimming places along the coastline where aquatic sports history has been made. Since the 19th century swimmers have raced in and crossed False Bay and Table Bay, Algoa Bay and along the warm waters along the Natal coast. Since Maragaret Duncan became the first South African to swim the English Chnnel in 1930, many of the country's swimmers have travelled to locations worldwide - including the North and South poles!

With the growth of tourism, and the encouraged by the creation of an Open Water Olympic event, a multitude of Open Water events have been launched throughout the country.

There are numerous long sandy beaches, often with big surf and dangerous rip tides, and there are also a number tidal swimming pools. A few beaches have surf lifesaving clubs, to help improve swimmers safety, and provide a competitve aquatic sports environment.

. Below are some lifesavers from Camps Bay - clik here to see the 1943 video.



The Atlantic Ocean washes the west coast, from Namibia down to Cape Point with water ranging between 12 - 20 degrees. The desert landscap is indistinguisahable 

On the Nabian coast at Langstrand at Walvisbaai is the only tidal pool along the west coast. Langstrand is situated about halfway along the coastal road between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund Langbeach is part of Walvisbay Resorts.  The resort had its origin during the period when Walvis Bay was still part of the Republic of South Africa, and the need for a public resort near Walvis Bay complimented the idea to lure more tourist and holiday makers to the Walvis Bay area.  Construction work on the tidal pools and jetty started in the late 70's. 


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