The Swim Series

Take up open water swimming

The Swim Series is presented by Zsports Events SA on behalf of Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) as the only official open water swimming series in the Eastern Cape where swimmers can qualify for SA NATIONAL OWS Champs.

The Series caters for all open water swimmers (social and competitive) and encourages growth in this fun sport.

Official SSA times are recorded at each race day in accordance with FINA OWS rules.

This season The Swim Series will consist of 5 race days including the NMBA OWS Championships, offering all registered swimmers the ideal opportunity to achieve qualifying SSA times.

Safety comes FIRST

Whilst we encourage the use of the swimbuoy for all open water swimming, it is now mandatory that ALL swimmers under the age of 13 years (as at 31 Dec 2021) are required to swim with a SWIM BUOY at The Swim Series. There are numerous resellers of such items around the country and Zsports also stock the same at discounted prices (click here to purchase from us)

Zsports Swimbuoy water float safe swimmer

2021-22 Series Dates

  • Round 1 - Sunday 10th October
  • Round 2 - Sunday 24th October
  • Round 3 - Sunday 7th November
  • Round 4 - Sunday 9th January
  • NMBA Champs - Saturday 22nd January
  • NMBA Champs - Saturday 23rd January

VENUE: Marina Martinique, Jeffreys Bay.


Once you have registered for a particular Series event, please ensure that your CLUB has captured your entry on Team Manager and that this is submitted to the NMBA PDO before the Wednesday morning (following the particular race). Failure to submit this file will result in your time(s) not being submitted to SSA.

Clubs - you can download the necessary Team Manager file from the link below, import into your Team Manager, complete and email to

Series Race Day Program

  • 08h00  Check-in opens (using FinishTime Passport App)
  • 09h00  5km, 7.5km & 10km Start
  • 10h30  1km Start
  • 11h00  3km Men Start
  • 11h05  3km Women Start

 Regret no prize givings permitted at this stage

Championships Race Program


  • 08h00  Check-in opens (using FinishTime Passport App)
  • 09h00  10km & 7.5km Championships
  • 09h00    5km social swim
  • 11h45    3km Championships
  • 11h48    1km Social Swim


  • 08h00  Check-in opens (using FinishTime Passport App)
  • 09h00  5km Championships
  • 09h02  3km & 1km social swims
  • 10h30  Team Relay Race (4 x 500m) Junior & Senior Categories

SSA Registered 

ALL registered swimmers wanting their swim times registered with Swimming South Africa are required to do the following:

  • Register through this website ensuring that their Zsports online profile is updated with their SSA Number and Club
  • If from out of town, submit a clearance certificate to NMBA prior to race day
  • Ensure your club downloads the relevant Meet Events File, completes and returns to NMBA PDO by the Tuesday following the race day - NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED


What's my SSA Number

If you don’t have the SSA number on hand, it is constructed as follows:                  


Where YYMMDD = Birthdate

AAA= First three letters of your first name as per ID book or Passport

B= First letter of your second name as per ID book or Passport – if no second name then *

CCCC= First four letters of your surname as per ID book or Passport – if the surname has fewer than four letters then add * in the remaining space

Please ensure that your online profile contains your Swim Club name and your SSA number.