Open Water | Busy time ahead for local Open Water Swimmers

Busy time ahead for local Open Water Swimmers

by ZwemZa on January 10th, 2018

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Open water swimmers with aspirations to participate at the 2018 South African National Open Water Swimming Championships scheduled for the 3rd and 4th March at the picturesque Marina Martinique in Jeffery’s Bay have a bumper month took look forward to on the domestic open water scene.

Many of the Swimming South Africa (SSA) provincial Affiliates will be holding their Championship events over the next four weeks.

With each Affiliate having different selection criteria for their teams that will attend the Open Water Championships, the common denominator is that all of these championship events are official SSA Approved Open Water Swimming events, in which participation is a pre requisite for entry into the 2018 SA National Open water Swimming Championships. Only times posted after 1 May 2017 will be considered.

The 2018 South African National Open water Swimming Championships will see for the first time the nine (9) SSA Affiliate’s competing against one another on a provincial basis and not on a District level as has been the case in the past.

The FINA Junior Open Water Swimming Championships will be hosted in Eilat, Israel on 8/9 September, while the CANA African Swimming Championships will be held in North Africa later in September.

Current list of 2018 SANAT OWS Qualifiers (7 JAN 18) 

Here are details of the bumper open water swimming event package over the next four weeks:

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LowMed Series 3 (Longmere Dam, White River) – 12th & 13th January

Twenty two members of the South African National Open Water Swimming Squad will be at a Camp in the White River area from 11th to 14th January which has bolstered the entries for the SSA Approved Open Water Swimming event, the LowMed Series 3.

Former FINA Junior World Open Water Swimming Champion and Rio Olympian Michelle Weber, heads the list of some of South Africa’s best emerging talented open water swimmers who will be attending a SSA National Open Water Swimming Squad Camp in White River which is in line with the SSA High Performance strategy of “train and race” as the athletes aim for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

As a result of the success the LowMed Series has enjoyed during the current 2017 / 2018 Summer season the time slot for this event in the future could very well see the birth of the Mpumalanga Open Water Championships.

There will be a 10km event on Friday (12th) afternoon at 15:00 with a full open water swimming program taking place on Saturday 13th January which caters for recreational and competitive swimmers. Registration on Saturday opens at 07:00 with the first event scheduled for 08:00.

The full schedule for Saturday is as follows (Starting time in brackets):

Event 2:                    5000m: (08:00) new event
Event 3:                    3000m: (09:00)
Event 4:                    1500m: (09:45)
Event 5:                    750m: (10:15) new event
Event 6:                    400m: (10:30)
Event 7:                    100m: (after 400m)

To down load an entry form: https://lowmed.co.za/open-water-swim-13-january-2018/ Contact Person: Harry Wiltshire: 083 236 8208

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New Year Swim Challenge (KZNA Open Water Championships, Midmar Dam) 13th & 14th January

A new event has been added to the calendar of seeding events leading up to the 2018 aQuellé Midmar Mile, and this time it’s happening in KwaZulu-Natal.

The New Year Swim Challenge will be held at Midmar Dam on 13-14 January 2018. Following a simular format of the Lake Heritage Water Festival, which will be held at Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge the following weekend, the race will offer 3km, 5km and 10km swims on Saturday. These events will make up the KZN Open Water Champs for 2018 and are SSA Approved open water swimming events.

Sunday will consist of 1 200m swims for various categories, including “girls 13 and under; women 31 and over”, “boys 13 and under; men 31 and over” and “men and women 14-30”.

The event will conclude with a 600 metre fun swim for everybody to enjoy.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Saturday
Event 1:                 08:00                       5km and 10km start (cut off: 3h30min)
Event 2:                 11.30                        3km (cut off: 2 hours)

Sunday
Event 3:                 08.30                        Girls 13 and under; women 31 and over 1 200m
Event 4:                 09.45                        Boys 13 and under; men 31 and over 1 200m
Event 5:                 11:00                        Men and women 14-30 1 200m
Event 6:                 12.15                         Fun swim

Note: For the 10, 5 & 3km events the age of the swimmer will be as of the 31/12/2018

One can enter online here. Online entries for events 1-5 cost R150, and R80 for the fun swim. On-the-day entries will cost R200 and R120 respectively. Contact Person: Rodney du Toit: 084 401 7428.

Homestead

Aquatics Gauteng Open Water Challenge (Homestead Lake, Benoni Sailing Club) 27th & 28th January

The Aquatics Gauteng Open Water Challenge is a Swimming South Africa Approved open water swimming event that incorporates the District Open Water Swimming Championships for CGA, NTS, Easterns and Sedibeng.

The event is staged over two days with the 10km and 5km events being held on Saturday 27th January, while the 3km event is held on the Sunday 28th January and is followed by a number of recreational events.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Saturday

  • Event 1:                    08:00        10km Mixed age 14 & over (cut off time 3hours)
  • Event 2:                    14:00         5km Mixed age 14 & over (cut off time 2hours)

Sunday

  • Event 3:                    08:30        3km Open (cut off time 1h30)
  • Event 4:                    10:00         400m Fun Swim
  • Event 5:                    10:30         1500m Woman
  • Event 6:                    11:45            800m
  • Event 7:                    12:45           1500m Men

Medals And Prize Money:
Will be awarded to top 3 swimmers (Selected Events)

Parking:
R10 per car per day

Note: For the 10, 5 & 3km events the age of the swimmer will be as of the 31/12/2018

Online entries are open until 24 January 2018 via entry time: https://www.entrytime.com/event-details/?EventId=5420 while late entries will be taken on the day. Contact person: Willie Vorster 082 563 9283

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NMBA Open Water Championships (Marina Martinique, Jeffery’s Bay) 3rd & 4th February

The Eastern Cape Swim Series is presented by Zsports Events NPC on behalf of Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics (NMBA) as the only SSA Approved open water swimming series in the Eastern Cape.

The Series catered for all open water swimmers and triathletes and encourages growth in this fun sport. Each race day included the following swim distances: 10km, 5km, 3km and 1km swims.

Zsports were excited to host the Series which they started in 2009. The 2017 / 2018 Eastern Cape Swim Series consisted of 5 race days including the NMBA OWS Championships.

NMBA Championships Race Day Program

Saturday

  • 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 finished)

Sunday

  • 08h00 Registration opens
  • 09h00 NMBA 5km Championships Race Start
  • 09h05 EC Swim 3km Start
  • 09h06 EC Swim 550m Start
  • 09h10 EC Swim 1km Start
  • 10h00 1km & 550m Prize giving
  • 11h00 3km prize giving
  • 11h30 NMBA 5km prize giving (or earlier if all swimmers finished)

Note: For the 10, 5 & 3km events the age of the swimmer will be as of the 31/12/2018

Online entries are open until 24 January 2018 via entry time: https://www.entrytime.com/event-details/?EventId=5420 while late entries will be taken on the day. Contact person: Mike Zoedmulder 082 563 9283

Benguela Cove

Western Cape Aquatics Open Water Swimming Championships (Benguela Cove, Hermanus) 3rd February

The Western Cape Open Water Swimming Championships presented by Big Bay Events will take place at the picturesque Benguela Cove near Hermanus on Saturday 3rd February.

Only 1 hour from Cape Town International airport, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Hermanus lies the 200-hectare security estate, Benguela Cove, a unique piece of real estate in South Africa which is surrounded by the Botriver lagoon a natural lagoon which is teeming with fish and birdlife.

It is here where the Western Cape Open Water Swimming Championships will take place. This is a SSA Approved event

The events that will be staged are the 3km, 5km and 10km races. Western Cape Aquatics will announce their team to travel to Jeffery’s Bay shortly after the event.

Note: For the 10, 5 & 3km events the age of the swimmer will be as of the 31/12/2018

Full event details will be available shortly on www.bigbayevents.co.za. Contact person: Derrick Frazer 012 554 3664

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