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.
1931 - Dutch women
1957 - Dutch club zv Robben with coach Jan Stender
1959 - Australians - Devitt, Konrads, Gathercole, Bainbridge
1968 - coach Dick Smith - US Olympic Diving coach
1971 - 1980 - Rhodesia
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.