The Simon's Bay Mile Swim
Wed 9 Aug 2023 @ Cape Town, Western Cape

Swim Cape Town

South Africa's ONLY Women's Day swim continues for its 3rd year!

Our Annual Women's Day swim The Simon's Bay Mile returns on Wednesday 9th August 2023. This Women Only swim takes place annually in celebration of Women's Day bringing together Women young and old to share their love of Open Water Swimming and the Ocean.  The Simon's Bay Mile swim takes place in the picturesque Simon's Bay in Simon's Town. Simon's Town is a small coastal town situated along the False Bay coastline on the southern part of the Cape Peninsula . Simon's Town is steeped in maritime history and home to many popular tourist attractions including the world famous Boulders Beach with it's Penguins. 

The Simon's Bay Mile starts and finishes on the beach at Simon's Town Long Beach. Swimmers complete a 1 Mile / 1609m looped course of Simon's Bay against the backdrop of the Simon's Town mountains and resident South African Navy ships. Swimmers pass by local landmarks including Jubilee Square, the False Bay Yacht club and the South African Navy Dive School. The kelp forests of Simon's Bay offer Swimmers possible glimpses of the resident short tailed Stingrays and small Puffadder shysharks that call this area home.

Swimmers must wear a brightly coloured swim cap of either Pink, Yellow, Green, Red or Orange. Junior Swimmers will receive a FREE The Simon's Bay Mile swim cap! All Swimmers that complete the 1 Mile course will receive a special finishers gift and there will be category prizes also for the Top 3 Swimmers in Open Skins and Wetsuits along with the top 3 Junior Swimmers!

NOTE: Swimmers Under 14 may enter ONLY IF they have a Lifesaving South Africa Level 2 Nipper (Under 11 and Under 12) or a Level 3 Nipper (Under 13 and Under 14) Award. All under 14 swimmer must supply their own Lifeguard Support on paddle board (must be currently LSA registered).


Swimmers are not permitted to use fins, flippers, snorkels or pullbuoys. Swimmers may choose to swim in either a costume or wetsuit on the day. Any changes on the day must be communicated at check in and not any later! 

Swim categories recognised on the day will be Juniors 11 to 18, Open Skins and Wetsuits 19 to 64, Over 65. The Top 3 Swimmers in the the Under 18 and Over 65 Categories will be recognised irrespective of if they are swimming in Skins or Wetsuits. Swimmers  that want to be eligible for the Top 3 in either the Open Skins or Wetsuits categories please take note of the following.

Skins Category (applicable to top 3 swimmers) - Swimmers may wear one swim cap ONLY (no neoprene allowed) and swim costumes may not extend beyond the shoulders onto the arms and/or below the knees. Swimskins/Speedsuits are permitted but must not be made of neoprene and may not extend beyond the shoulders and/or below the knees.

Wetsuit Category (applicable to top 3 swimmers) -Swimmers wear a wetsuit up to 5mm in thickness. Wetsuit swimmers may wear more than one swim cap and must wear a brightly coloured swim cap over any neoprene cap that is worn. No booties or gloves may be worn

With thanks to The Simon's Bay Mile swim sponsors and partners. Maurten Nutrition, Ocean Freedom, Fable Designs, Bumps 2 Babes Aquatic Centre, Coral Wetsuits, Sam Swimwear and Number Thirteen. 

The Simon's Bay Mile Swim

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Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event

Class Distance Start Time Price (pp)
Single Start SOLD OUT 1 Mile/1609m looped course 09:00 R 300.00

Event location

Coordinates -34.187515227547, 18.426138861377
Address Long Beach Public Beach, Driegebroeders Road, Simon's Town, Cape Town, South Africa
City Cape Town
Province Western Cape

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