Aquatic sports visitors to southern Africa.

Over the years several competitors, teams and coaches have visited South Africa, where they gave clinics, exhibitions and competed in local events. Surf lifesaving hosted the first World Championships at Durban in 1974, while swimming sports only managed to attract small touring parties. Water polo also had some touring sides during the 1960's, although never full national teams. Individual divers and synchronised swimmers also visited in small numbers. 

SAASU did manage to stage "internationals" in the early 1980's, after the annual Rhodesian Tests were ended with their independence.

With further research information of these visitors might be located.

An early Australian visitor was Ernest Cavil - Champion of Australia and America - in 1898. See the report from the EP Herald of 10 March, showing Cavill at the "new baths" built in Port Elizabeth, which also reports the creation of the PE Amateur Swimming club on Tuesday 8 March, 1898. A Carnival was held to celebrate the opening of the pool, and Mr Cavil gave an exhibition.


1920 - Australians - Steadman, Morris and Springfield.

1925  - Hilda James

1929 - English women

1931 - Dutch women

1939 - Australian men

1952 - diver Ann Ross

1956 - coach Bob Kiphuth

1957 - Dutch club zv Robben with coach Jan Stender

1959 - Australians - Devitt, Konrads, Gathercole, Bainbridge

1959 - Judy Grinham

1961 - Australians

1962 - Japanese men

1963 - Dutch women

1965 - Patty Caretto and coach Don Gambril

1966 - Cathy Ferguson and Kiki Caron

1966 - Ilsa Konrads

1967 - Canada

1967 - Don Schollander

1968 - coach Dick Smith - US Olympic Diving coach

1968 - Canada

1968 - SV W├╝rzburg 

1969 - USA Women

1969 - SA Games

1970 - Australia

1971 - 1980 - Rhodesia

1973 - SA Games

1976 - coach Doc Councilman

1977 - coach Deryk Snelling

1981 - USA and Canada

1982 - Combined Team Canada Germany USA

1984 - USA


Various Olympic Coaches like John Harte, Don Gambril, Robert Kiphuth and Deryk Snelling also visited the country.

In 1973 several internationals like Olympic medallists David Wilkie (Great Britain) and Seve Genter  (USA) competed in the South African Games. Other international swimmers at the SA Games were J de Brunne, F Monod, S Nieser from Switzerland, world record holder Susan Atwood, A Simmons for the USA, Kurt Steinbach, R Remmel, J Weber, W Kusch,  A Kober, F Meeuw, H Gunter-Vesseler, P Nows from West Germany

From 1968 until 1980 South Africa regularly competed against Rhodesia, with many competitors form that country visiting South Africa. A few tours also came from de Sportivo Club in Lorenzo Marques in Mozambique, although never an official team to compete against the Springboks.

In March 1983 a team of school's swimmers from Taiwan visited South Africa.