SA National Open Water Championships


The 2021 Swimming South Africa National Open Water Championships will be held at Marina Martinique, Jeffreys Bay on the 19th, 20th & 21st March 2021. PLEASE no spectators permitted at this event.

Provincial affiliates will select SSA registered members who have met the entry criteria to participate. Only times posted in SSA approved open water swimming events will be considered for entry. Only athletes who have times on the SSA database from 1 March 2019 will be considered.

International competitors must provide a Clearance Certifcate from their FINA affiliated Federation granting permission to participate in the SA National OWS Championships.


Qualifying Times

Event Qualifying Time - Men Qualifying Time - Woman
10km  2 hrs 30 min 2 hrs 40 min
7.5km  1 hr 53 min 2 hrs 00 min
5km  1 hr 15 min 1 hr 25 min
5km Multi Disability 1 hr 40 min 1 hr 50 min
3km  48 min 50 min
3km Multi Disability 60 min 65 min
3km Masters (31 & Over) 52 min 54 min


Provisional Time table of Events 

Friday 19th March 2021    
Event 1 & 2 : 10km Men & Woman Registration 07h00
  Compulsory Technical Briefing 08h30
  Race Start 09h00 (Men) 09h05 (Women)
Event 3 & 4 : 3km Men & Multi Disability Men Registration 12h30
  Compulsory Technical Briefing 13h00
  Race Start 13h30
Saturday 20th March 2021    
Event 5 & 6 : 7.5km Men & Woman Registration 07h00
  Compulsory Technical Briefing 08h30
  Race Start 09h00 (Men) 09h05 (Women)
Event 7 & 8 : 3km Men & Multi Disability Women Registration 12h30
  Compulsory Technical Briefing 13h00
  Race Start 13h30
Event 9 : 4 x 1.25km Mixed Relay Registration 14h00
  Compulsory Technical Briefing 14h30
  Race Start 15h00
Sunday 21st March 2021    
Event 10 & 11 : 5km Men & Multi Disability Registration 07h00
  Compulsory Technical Briefing 08h30
  Race Start 09h00
Event 12 & 13 : 5km Woman & Multi Disability Registration 09h00
  Compulsory Technical Briefing 10h30
  Race Start 11h00


Registrations close 30 minutes before the advertised start of each event on each day.

All competitors are to register and ensure that they have already signed the indemnity form and leave both their left and right shoulder and upper arms free from grease, as their competitor number will be written on these areas. Care should be taken when applying grease to ensure that the competitor number remains legible.



Results and Presentations

Medals will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for all events.

Once all competitors in that event have completed the course, official results will be posted on the Swimming South Africa website as soon as practical following the completion of each race. Results will also appear on this website for ease of reference.

Medals will be forwarded to Affiliates for distribution amongst their respective athletes.

All SSA COVID REGULATIONS will be enforced. NO SPECTATORS and GENERAL PUBLIC in competition area.



The best place to enjoy awesome food is right on the Marina at the Marina Wharf Bisto ( Fantasic restaurant where you can sit and enjoy the tranquility of the Marina whilst overlooking the entire SA Champs swimmers village. Alongside the start/finish are there is also the magnificent Wacky Water Park which has tuck shop facilities available to us.



Swimming South Africa and any other event organiser will not be liable for any costs and expenses incurred by any person following cancellation of an event outlined above. The limitation of liability includes but is not limited to any costs and expenses incurred by any members, participants, coaches, and administrative personal or medical staff or Provincial Affiliates or individual swimming clubs in respect of the cancellation of the event. Swimming South Africa reserves the right to amend entry conditions as required.

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