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MEMBERS                           CRYSTELLE MARAIS

                                                REBECCA NEWMAN

                                                PIETER VORSTER

                                                STEPHEN HASWELL



CONVENOR                        SHARON NEWMAN

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                                                ERIKA SCHEEPERS

                                                REBECCA NEWMAN


EC SWIM SERIES 2016-2017

The Eastern Cape Swimming Series is presented by Zsports Events NPC and sanctioned by Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics as the only official open water swimming series in the Eastern Cape where swimmers can qualify for SA OWS NATIONALS.

The Series caters for all open water swimmers and triathletes and encourages growth in this fun sport.

Each race day in the Series will therefore be open to both swimsuit and wetsuit swimmers but official SSA times are only applicable to the swimsuit category in accordance with FINA OWS rules.

Each race day will include the following swim distances: 10km, 5km, 3km and 1km swims.

This season the Series returns to Marina Martinique under the management of Zsports Events NPC with the hosting support from Swimming Plus.

This season the EC Swim Series will consist of 5 race days including the NMBA OWS Championships, offering all registered swimmers the ideal opportunity to achieve qualifying SSA times.


VENUE: Marina Martinique, Jeffreys Bay.

  • 08h00 Registration opens
  • 09h00 10km and 5km Swim Starts
  • 09h05 1km & 500m Swim Start
  • 10h15 1km & 500m Swim Prize giving
  • 11h00 3km Swim Start
  • 12h30 10km, 5km & 3km Swim prize giving

The 2016-17 Series race days are scheduled for:

  • Round 1 - Sunday 23rd October
  • Round 2 - Sunday 6th November
  • Round 3 - Sunday 20th November
  • Round 4 - Sunday 15th January
  • Round 5 - Saturday 4th February - [NMB OWS 5k] starts 2pm
  • Round 5 - Sunday 5th February [NMB OWS 10km & 3km Champs]



The Series is open to all keen open water swimmers irrespective of affiliation.
Swimmers wishing to register SSA qualifying times must be registered with SSA and, if not NMBA registered, must have a clearance letter from their Province
Swimmers wishing to qualify for NMBA team selection must be registered with Nelson Mandela Bay Aquatics
Wetsuits are allowed in all swim events but those wearing wetsuits will not be able to apply for SSA qualification
Participant supplied swim caps are compulsory for all swim disciplines
All participants must report to the registration trailer on race day to enter for their particular discipline on the day and to receive their race wrist band
No participation is permitted without a race wrist band or swim cap
Race day entries are open from 08h00 on Race Days
If any lucky draws take place, prize winners must be present and wearing their wrist bands to claim their prize
The onus is on the participant to check the results and to ensure that any problems are reported
Participants MAY NOT go back onto the race course once they have finished their race
Participants who withdraw from the event MUST notify the finish recording staff immediately

The following rules will be applied with regard to entries in combined events (ie when a 10km and 5km are swum together)
If a swimmer enters the 10km event, he/she register to have their 5km time recorded as well (if the course permits)
The swimmer will have to register for this event and pay an additional entry fee before the race
In the case of comined events, a swimmer will only receive a position and/or qualify for any prizes or medals in the event for which he/she entered. Therefore, the official results will only show the result for the event that the swimmer entered
When registering to have an additional time recorded (ie your 5km time in a 10km race) the NMBA officials will take times from the information recorded at the event and submit to the SSA database for the additional race time for those swimmers who are registered with SSA

NMBA Championships

Swimmers must have a time on the database within the 2015/16 season (1 May 2015 to 30 April 2016) for the event/s they wish to compete in at NMBA Championships

Cut-off Times

The following cut-off times may be imposed at the event;
10km Swim - 3 hrs 30 min
5km Swim - 2 hrs 00 min
3km Swim - 1 hrs 30 min



Race Entry Fee - R150 (10km Event)
Race Entry Fee - R100 (5km & 3km Events)
Race Entry Fee - R80 (1km Event)

LATE ENTRY FEE: If entering on the day, an additional R30 late entry fee will apply. If on the day you wish to enter an additional race (ie 10km and 1km events) then a discounted entry fee of just R50 will apply. If additional times are required, the fee will be an additional R20 (ie requiring a 5km time within the 10km race).

PLEASE NOTE: In a change to previous seasons, swimmers are required to register for each individual race day so that we are able to gauge before hand what the response to certain distances and/or events will be.

For safety reasons, the wearing of swim caps is compulsory for all events - swimmers to bring their own swim caps.

EC Swim Series - What do I need?

Once registered, come down on Race Day and report bringing with you your race confirmation ticket.
Swimmers are to provide their own swim caps and wearing of such is compulsory. Any swimmer starting without a swim cap will be disqualified.
Wetsuits are permitted, but no official SSA times will be awarded to swimmers wearing non-FINA approved suits.




Take the N2 National Road

Take the off-ramp sign-posted Jeffreys Bay, turning on St Francis St and coming down past Mentor's Country Estate (on your left hand side) and later Fountains Mall Shopping Centre (on your right hand side). After passing the Shopping Centre, take your 3rd turning to your RIGHT into Koraal Street.
Follow Koraal Street until you get to a 3-way stop and turn RIGHT into Dolphin Drive
Follow Dophin Drive until you come to the Marina Boundary wall, turn LEFT into Northern Access Road. Follow this until you see our signage to the swim area.



The following AMENDED important information was ratified by the NMBA Executive on 20th September 2016.


  • These rules apply to the 3km, 5km and 10km SSA sanctioned events;
  • These events will be held at four (4) meets and two (2) NMBA Championship meet days;
  • Swimmers must be registered with NMBA and SSA;
  • In order to be eligible to compete in a SA OWS Nationals event, a swimmer must achieve the qualifying time for each particular event at least twice, i.e. 2 x 3km and/or 2 x 5km and/or 2 x 10km qualifying times at any of the six (6) meets;
  • In order to be eligible for selection to the NMBA team, a swimmer must achieve the above requirements, AND compete in the NMBA Championship events that they wish to swim at Nationals
  • Must swim & complete 4 of 6 races – includes Master swimmers
  • Have a 1500m Freestyle time on the database in the current season (from 1 May 2016) – excludes Master swimmers
  • The disciplinary record of a swimmer will be taken into consideration when selecting team members.
  • Should a swimmer not meet the NMBA team selection criteria due to reasons beyond his or her control, then supporting documents must be provided (e.g. Sick Certificate in the event of illness)
  • Compliance with the NMBA Team selection criteria will NOT guarantee selection. The final selection decision will be taken by the OWS Selection Committee.
  • The final selection of the NMBA team must be ratified by the NMBA Executive before announcement.
  • All selected members of the NMBA team will be expected to abide by NMBA team management rules and NMBA Code of Conduct;



LADIES                                     MEN

10KM                           2 HR 40 MIN                           2 HR 30 MIN

5KM                             1 HR 25 MIN                           1 HR 15 MIN

3KM                                       50 MIN                                   48MIN



3KM                                         65 MIN                                             60 MIN

5KM                               1 HR 45 MIN                         1 HR 35 MIN


MASTERS (31 & over)

3KM                                         54 MIN                                               52 MIN









Sunday 16th October 2016

Sunday 30th October 2016

Sunday 13th November 2016

Sunday 27th November 2016

Sunday 11th December 2016

Sunday 8th January 2017

Sunday 27th January 2017

Sunday 12th February 2017

Sunday 12th March 2017

Sunday 26th March 2017



Saturday 25th February 2017

Sunday 26th February 2017










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