Affiliated to the ASA Eastern Region, HASA and RLSS
The Welwyn Garden Swimming Club has been teaching children and young people to swim 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.
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.
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.
Welwyn Garden Swimming Club has become Swim21 accredited for “Swimming at Teaching Level”. Swim21 Club Accreditation is the ASA’s ‘quality mark’. It recognises nationally and regionally the clubs that are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members and means we also qualify for the Club for Sport England Clubmark.
A full list of events can be found on our Events page.
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.
We would like to wish you all a happy Christmas. Our first swimming session will be at the Hatfield Swim Centre on Sunday 5th January 2014. The first weekday sessions at Birchgreen and Monkswalk Tuesday 7th January.