Welwyn Garden Swimming Club


We would like to welcome back all of our swimmers and teachers after the summer break. Session on Sunday evening start at 6pm. Please check the Swimming sessions page for the weekday swimming times.  

Welwyn Garden Swimming Club was formed  in 1933 by Dr Miall-Smith and his wife, both local General Practitioners, using  a pool created at Stanborough by diverting the River Lea and some freshwater springs through gravel filters into a large hole lined with railway sleepers. The 2 GPs made daily inspections of the pool during the short season, testing the water for impurities and checking the temperature. They taught swimming and introduced mile trophy swims thus starting the competitive side of the Club.

The Club was affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association in the 1930s and regular galas were held. Before the war the club was well known for its water polo team, which continued after the war under the manager, Reg Potter, who was the first British post-war captain of the Olympic water polo team. The Club’s primary aims have always been the teaching of swimming, improvement of stroke work and personal survival.

Club History

A full list of events can be found on our Events page.


The club is SwimMark accredited for "Swimming at Teaching Level". SwimMark  accreditation is Swim England's 'quality mark'. It recognizes, nationally and regionally, the clubs that are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members and means that the club also qualifies for the Sport England Clubmark.

The club is in need of pool side helpers and teachers. We also need non technical help when we are hosting galas. If you would like some more information, please contact a committee member on a Sunday evening session or one of the teachers.


The club shop is open between 6-7pm most Sunday swim sessions at the Hatfield Swim Centre. We have club branded costumes, trunks, bags and hats plus goggles and goggle straps.

For a full list of the all the products please contact swimshop.
Any purchases can be picked up at next Sunday's  training session.



Latest CLUB News

​​The Welwyn Garden Swimming Club has been working with children and young people to improve their swimming stroke for over 80 years. The club participates in many swimming galas and championships each year, these include the Peanuts League, BAGCATS and the Major League. Our main swimming session takes place on Sunday evenings at the Hatfield Swim Centre. We also have life saving sessions at the Monks Walk School pool where children can gain recognised life saving qualifications. All of the club teachers have had many years of experience and teach on a voluntary basis. We organise social events for swimmers and their families, including a fun gala, an inflatable party and our annual Rollercity Christmas Party held at the Campus West.

If you are interested in joining our swimming club and would like some more information please go to our contact page.

Affiliated to Swim England Eastern Region, Swim England Hertfordshire and RLSS