The History of Aquatic Sports 

in southern Africa

Open water marathon swimming in Table Bay

National Championships

The South African Aquatic Championships from 1900 to 2019. 

Competitors arriving for the 1948 national championships.


Athletes who won medals in the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, and those setting new world records.

Empire Games Vancouver 1954 - 440 Yard Freestyle Relay Gold medal winners - Joan Harrison, Machduldt Petzer, Felicity Loveday and Natalie Myburgh.

Aquatic Sports

Water Polo and Diving, Swimming and Synchronized Swimming - plus Lifesaving and Multisports events.

Action during the match of South Africa and Brazil (9-2) at the Olympic pool of Helsinki, on July 29th, 1952.

Provinces, Towns and Pools

The aquatic sports Provinces of southern Africa, and their swimming places and Schools.

Pools in southern Africa.

Swimming Pools, Dams, Beaches, Rivers where aquatic sports history was made. Many swimming pools are now derelict and their stories lost.

January 2022 Update - unfortunately the associated Google Map has been disabled by Google at this time. 

Select layers that have different coloured dots to indicate dead pools, private school and state school pools, municipal swimming pools to open water venues, and many more.

private school  Private Schools

state schools  State Schools

municipal  Municipal pools

clubs  Clubs

universities  Universities and Colleges

lifesaving open water  Lifesaving and Open Water

no pool  No facilities visible

dead  Dead Pools