The Wareham & District Swimming Club was originally formed as an all male club, however in 1957 the club was reformed and females were allowed to become members.
The club is based at the Purbeck Sports Centre and utilises the Vista Swimming Complex in Swanage and the pool at Stanley Barracks, Bovington for training. It exists to promote and improve swimming from ages 8 and through to masters. The competitive extension of the club is to provide competitive coaching for swimmers when they are ready as they progress from pre-development to squad level.
We have a Colour Gala twice a year, where swimmers are put into Colour Groups according to their swimming ability: Blue – Purple – Orange – Red – Bronze – Silver – Gold – Platinum – Elite – Super Elite. In September we have “Splash Nights” which are competitions of 25 & 50 metres.
At the end of the year we have our Club Championships where the swimmers swim 25m, 50m, 100m and 200m according to their age group, and receive medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and ribbons for 4th, 5th and 6th place for the races they enter. We also have Club Championship long distance races of Freestyle 400m, 800m and 1500m races.
There are many trophies, plus Senior, Intermediate and Junior Age Group cups to be won which are all presented at our Annual Presentation Evening in January. All competitors receive an attendance certificate. It is an opportunity to gain times which could gain you a place in the County Championships in the coming year.
The Swimming Club year runs from 1st April to 31st March and we hold our Annual General Meeting in the month of June. This is when the Committee is elected and any comments and questions from parents and swimmers are welcome.
If you are a mum or dad or any member of the swimmer’s family and feel you would like to take a more active part in the swimming club, we are always looking for extra helpers, especially on the Poolside on Gala nights. It’s good fun. Please let us know, and I am sure you will not regret it.
Many of our Teachers started being the ones watching on until they began to help and realised it’s much more enjoyable on the Poolside. We pay half the fees for all our Teachers aiming for qualifications that have shown commitment to the Club and encourage as many parents and friends to join us. As you all know in any job the administration seems to get more and more, this is the same for the club.
If any one can spare even a small amount of time to help (i.e. filing application forms, sorting badges 3 times a year for the next Test date, or coming on poolside to take the register at swimming sessions) it all helps and we would be very grateful.