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Open Water Swim Intro Course

Have you dreamed of becoming an open water swimmer, but not sure where to start?

Our Swim Intro Course is the perfect way to transition from pool to open water.

What is the Intro Course?

The Intro Course consists of 4 guided sessions at a tidal pool in Camps Bay, which creates the perfect setting for swimmers new to open water.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to handle cold water
  • Skills such as sighting and breathing techniques
  • Building up to swimming 800m in cold water
  • Strength & conditioning exercises

Am I fit enough to join?

To sign up, you need to be able to swim at least 200m (8 lengths) continuously in a pool.

At the end of the course there’s an option to continue onto our ocean swimming group, provided that you are comfortable swimming at least 800m in open water at the end of the course.

When does the Intro Course take place?

Intro courses run monthly on the first 4 Mondays of the calendar month during the following months:

  • September-November
  • February-April

Session times:

  • Mondays 15h30-16h30 at the Camps Bay Tidal Pool.


New swimmers: R895 per course, including a swim cap and resistance band.

Repeat swimmers: R720 per course.

Sign Me Up!

Start your open water swimming experience today in a safe and fun way.

To sign up for the Intro Course, please head over to the events page and select the course you would like to sign up for.

Contact Us

Still unsure if this group is for you?

Email Maryse on info@capetownswim.com if you have any questions.

Hope to see you in the water soon!