FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


We at Second Skins are the only manufacturers on the African continent that manufactures (FINA approved) swimwear. But what does that mean to you, our customer? What is FINA? Why do you need a FINA approved suit?

FINA is the international governing body of swimming. That means that all rules and regulations that we as swimmers have to adhere to. they’re responsible for, as well as the governing and regulation of competitions in all kinds of swimming, diving, water polo, open water swimming, synchronised swimming and masters competition events. They are there to ensure that all swimmers have an equal opportunity when it comes to competition and that no one has an unfair advantage. Their regulations also ensures all swimming competitions run to a standardised set of rules across the world and keep everything fair by co-ordinating with national swimming bodies such as the ASA and Swimming South Africa.

FINA also regulates and governs swimwear and swimsuits worn in competitions at a national and international level. Basically what it means is that we as manufacturer, have a set of guidelines, approved globally by FINA, that we have to adhere to when manufacturing. If you are not in a (FINA approved) suit when competing in a FINA event, your time and result will not be official. And that sucks! All that hard work for nothing.

Second Skins is a cape town based swimwear and technical sportswear supplier. We specialise in stretch based fabrics and anything in and around the pool. Gym, school or outside. One of our trademark garments, the long sleeve rash vest have also become so popular that people often refer to it as a “Second Skin”

Our factory operating hours are 07:45 to 16:45, Monday to Thursday, and 07:45 to 15:15 on Fridays. We do however also have a factory shop on the premises, and they are open Mon-Thu 09:00 – 16:00 and Fridays 09:00 – 14:00. You will also find them open on some Saturdays. Usually the first and last weekend of a month.

We have a big list of retailers and stockists of our products and chances are there will be someone close to you who sells it. Why don’t you give us a shout or pop us an email if you are interested and we will let you know who is the closest stockist to you.  Our online store will be up and running shortly to cater to your immediate needs

We manufacture all our garments right here at our factory in Cape Town

If you are interested in seeing a sample, or have a feel of our products, why don’t you contact one of our sales agents direct. They are experts in all that we do and they will give you all the information you need. Contact our head office to find out which agent is closer to you, and we will gladly set up an appointment for them to come and see you. If you want to contact our Head Office directly, you are more than welcome.

Because we are in the business of manufacturing and not shipping we have standard shipping costs for the whole of South Africa. We have 2 set freight charges for the whole of South Africa. Anything from Cape Town to as far as George, Calvinia and Vredendal will cost you R90. Whether its 500g or 25kg, its one price. Anything further than that to anywhere in South Africa will be R180 regardless of weight. Over the border costs will be handled differently and cost will be calculated. If you have any query, please call us and we’ll gladly assist.

Yes, for sure! You can arrange your own courier to come and collect from our factory.

Sure you can. We have highly trained and experienced graphic artists ready to cater to your every need. If you don’t have it all figured out quite yet, we also have examples and patterns of tried and tested styles in our most popular garments. All available to you in our MTO catalogue.

Sublimation printing is a versatile, digital printing method that opens up a world of opportunities to any consumer of decorated goods. Simply put, sublimation is a process by which sublimation dyes are printed onto a transfer medium with a specially prepared inkjet printer. Thereafter, those dyes are then transferred from the medium to a garment under the heat and pressure delivered by a commercial heat press. Sublimation only works on garments made of polyester, or on specialty objects made of polyester. There is no limit to colours or designs!