Established in 1887, Boksburg is the second oldest town on the Witswaterand after Johannesburg. Its aquatic sports history includes being the home to the South African Amateur Swimming Union (SAASU) under local attorney Issy Kramer, and Springbok water polo players Tuba Luttig, Mike and Donny Semple, and 2016 Olympic swimmer Doug Erasmus.
There are four municipal pools, of which only two are operational in 2020. The Guy Glencross Pool in Boksburg North has been host to international and national events in the past. It was enclosed to create an indoor facility much used for competitive swimming. In the 1920's Guy Glencross was a well-known local sportsman - water polo player, boxer, and swimmer.
The town has three swimming clubs - namely the Boksburg Aquatic Saints Swimming and Lifesaving Club and Marsh Swimming Academy which operates from the Boksburg North Municipal pool, the Onyx Aquatic Club, and the Soul Swimming Club. The Soul club is coached by Donny Semple at the la Como Fitness club.
There is a 25m indoor pool at the local Virgin Active club, which is home to the Onyx Swimming Club.
Boksburg High and Martin Primary seem to be the only two state schools with swimming pools in Boksburg. St Dominics Catholic School for Girls and Christian Brothers College for Boys are two private schools that have built a fantastic facility for swimming, diving, and water polo at St Dominics (below), which is used by both schools.
With a 1,2 billion rand shortfall in 2020, the Ekurhuleni Municipality is bankrupt. This financial incompetence is reflected in the number of closed swimming pools under its control. Boksburg North does boast a functioning indoor 50m pool regularly used for galas, while the Atlasville facility seems unsuitable for competition swimming. The pools at van Dyk Park and Parkdene are defunct.
Richard Maybery of Eastern Province and Sharon Bently of Natal at the Boksburg North pool during the South African School gala in 1977.