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The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.

Woodrow Wilson

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Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics is the governing body of swimming, diving, masters, water polo, open water, synchronised swimming and the Learn to Swim programme in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole and is affiliated to Eastern Cape Aquatics and Swimming South Africa.

Open water swimming takes place in outdoor bodies of water such as open oceans and lakes or dams. The beginning of the modern age of open water swimming is sometimes taken to be May 3, 1810, when Lord Byron swam several miles to cross the Hellespont (now known as the Dardanelles) from Europe to Asia.

Open Water

Synchronized swimming is a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers (either solos, duets, trios, combos, or teams) performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music, thus demands exceptional breath control when upside down underwater.


Water polo is a team water sport. The game consists of 4 quarters (or periods) in which the two teams attempt to score goals by throwing the ball into their opposition's goal, with the team that scores the most goals winning the game. A team consists of 6 field players and one goalkeeper in the water at any one time.

Water Polo

Diving is the sport of jumping or falling into water from a platform or springboard, sometimes while performing acrobatics. Competitors possess many of the same characteristics as gymnasts and dancers, including strength, flexibility, kinaesthetic judgment and air awareness.


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