Swimming Clubs of southern Africa

The first aquatic sports clubs were formed during the late 1800's in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, as well as the Natal towns of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The British loved their sports clubs and set them up everywhere in their colonies. The members were initially only men, and the main focus was on water polo. Swimming, diving, and life-saving competitions were also included at the provincial and national championships, and initially, the clubs like Gordons SC in Cape Town and Queen's Park SC in Durban catered for all disciplines. Later swimming clubs changed to focus on swimming only.

Clubs were also formed at Mossel Bay, East London, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Bloemfontein in the Orange River Colony.  

NOTE: This is a very incomplete list of existing and former clubs. 

Western Province

  • Gordons SC
  • City and Suburban SC
  • Manta SC
  • Vineyard SC
  • Stellenbosch University
  • UCT

Eastern Province 

Port Elizabeth Amateur SC
PE Ladies SC
Uitenhage SC
FMC Swimming
Barracuda SC
Aquabear SC
Institute SC

Orange Free State

  • Seals - Bloemfontein


The four provinces of Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Transvaal.


Newcastle SC
Queen's Park  SC - Durban
Cygnus SC - Durban
Ottto SC - Durban


  • Pirates
  • Greendale
  • Mabelreighn
  • Otters
  • Churchill
  • Cranbourne
  • Seals
  • Tiger Fish
  • Chisipite

14 February 1965