The Swim Series

Take up open water swimming

The EC Swim Series is presented by Zsports Events NPC 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 OWS Champs.

The Series caters for all open water swimmers and triathletes and encourages growth in this fun sport.

Each race day in the Series will therefore be open to both swimsuit and wetsuit swimmers but official SSA times are only applicable to the swimsuit category in accordance with FINA OWS rules.

Each race day will include the following swim distances: 10km, 5km, 3km and 1km swims.

Zsports are excited to be hosting the Series which we started way back in 2009 and look forward to your continued support.

This season the EC 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.

2017-18 Series Dates

  • Round 1 - Sunday 15th October
  • Round 2 - Sunday 12th November
  • Round 3 - Sunday 7th January
  • Round 4 - Sunday 21st January
  • Round 6 - Saturday 3rd February - [includes NMB OWS 10km & 3km Champs] starts 1pm
  • Round 6 - Sunday 4th February [includes NMB OWS 5k]

VENUE: Marina Martinique, Jeffreys Bay.


Race Day Program

  • 08h00 Registration opens
  • 09h00 5km & 10km Start
  • 09h06 550m Start
  • 09h10 1km Start
  • 10h15 1km & 550m Prize giving
  • 11h00 3km Start
  • 12h00 10km, 5km & 3km prize giving


NMBA Championships Race Day Program

Saturday 3rd February 2018

  • 12h00 Registration opens
  • 13h00 NMBA 10km Championships Race
  • 13h10 NMBA 3km Championships Race
  • 16h00 NMBA 10km & 3km prize giving (or sooner is all 10km swimmers are finisher)

Sunday 4th February 2018

  • 08h00 Registration opens
  • 09h00 NMBA 5km Championships Race Start
  • 09h03 EC Swim 550m Start
  • 09h05 EC Swim 3km Start
  • 09h05 EC Swim 1km Start
  • 10h00 1km & 550m Prize giving
  • 11h15 5km & 3km Prize giving 

SSA Registered - 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.

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