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Welcome to the Website of Weston-super-Mare Swimming Club, the home of Competitive, Non Competitive Swimming and Water Polo in the Weston-super-Mare Area. The Club is affiliated to ASA South West region and Somerset ASA. Our home pool is Hutton Moor Leisure Centre. There are also training sessions at Millfield School and Churchill Sports Centre and Sidcot School.
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WSMSC supports Mary's Charity

Mary was an inspiration to everyone whose life she touched, particularly those who watched her fight this destructive illness with incredible positivity and at such a young age ...

Please see this page for more

Macmillan Cancer Support - We exist to help improve the lives of people affected by cancer, both those living with cancer and also their families and carers. Our primary focus is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer.

We are a charity registered in England and Wales (261017), Scotland (SCO39907) and the Isle of Man (604).

WSMSC supports Macmillan Cancer Support

Richard Brunsdon completed the London Marathon on 24 April 2016 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer support in celebration of his Dad, Dave Brunsdon.

All of Richard's family saw first hand how Macmillan can help people with Cancer and he would like to raise as much as possibe as a thank you for the help they have given him over the last year or so.

Richard's record at the London Marathon can be seen here using competitor number 41399 and any further donations made via

Please also see this page

Latest News


New Fixtures Updated

The  Fixtures Page has been updated:

  • For the CoB Long Course Level 3 on 9/10 July, please note that there are no qualifying times for the meet, however swimmers who have qualified for events at the British Summer Championships or a Home National Competition may not compete in THOSE events at this meet. (condition no. 4 in the programme).
  • Somerset County ASA - County Development Meet (Level 3) added for 1st / 2nd October.  There are "No Faster Than" qualifying times in the meet pack. Please remember to add the £1 admin fee.  Entries to the Fixtures team via the post box by Sunday 28 August.
  • Regional Fast 5 date added, 3rd July (Entries by 7PM Sunday 5 June).
  • Regional team events day added, 18 Sept - team info to follow.


Latest PB List Update

PB List last update 10 May 2016 (includes SWR Youth Summer Champs LC L1).

Available in Excel and PDF formats through the Members section.

Everyone should check that their Regional times were obtained after Oct 1st 2015 on British swimming ASA, that they have qualified. The times need to have been swum in a meet licensed at level 1, 2 or 3 and cannot be split times. The way this spreadsheet works is, anytime fast enough goes red and it doesn't take into account when it was obtained, yet. There are still some qualification galas left and we don't wanted swimmers to pass them up, thinking that they have a time.

Please email Frank Morris via if you notice any PB time issues.


Club Coaching News

It is always brilliant to acknowledge the success of WSM SC swimmers however these achievements are due to the hard work and dedication of the club's team of coaches and teachers so it is equally pleasing when we can report successes on this front.

Firstly congratulations to our Chief Coach Rachel who has been selected by the ASA's Fred Furniss, England Talent Programme Officer as a Programme Coach for the final phase of the England Talent Programme at the Standard International in Lignano, Italy, April 29th-May 1st. Unfortunately this means that she will not be with our swimmers at the ASA SW Regional Youth events this weekend but she has ensured the preparation of the swimmers involved has not been affected and will continue as normal.

This invitation is a fantastic opportunity for Rachel's Continued Personal Development as she will be working alongside other more experienced coaches from other English Clubs and is an acknowledgement by the ASA programmes team of just how successful Rachel has been in developing our swimmers at WSM SC so it is an accolade for the Club.

Secondly congratulations are also due to Andrew Barnes, Evan King and Chloe Knight who have successfully gained  the ASA Level 1 Coach qualification.  This is great news for the club as a whole as it adds depth to our coaching team and it is even better when our own swimmers add another string to their bow.

We also currently have volunteers who have undertaken training as team managers and officials and the names of these successful people will be advised shortly.


Bristol North SC Junior Level 3 Open Meet - 17/24 Sept

New fixture added - information on the fixtures page.  Entries to the Fixtures team by Friday 17 June.


May Bank Holiday training 

Date Time Where Squad
Fri 29 April No spin
Sat 30 April Normal
Sun 1 May No training
Mon 2 May No morning training
18:00 - 19:15 Sidcot Dev, County, Comp
19:00 - 21:00 Sidcot Reg, Nat, Sprint
Sun 29 May No training
Mon 30 May No morning training
18:00 - 19:15 Sidcot Dev, County, Comp
19:00 - 21:00 Sidcot Reg, Nat, Sprint


City of Bristol Level 3 Long Course Meet - 9/10 July

New fixture added - information on the fixtures page.  Entries to the Fixtures team by Sunday 22 May.


SW Regional Open Water Championships

Please see the two links below for this year’s SW Regional Open Water Championships, which also incorporates Somerset ASA Open Water Championships.

This information will go live shortly on the ASA SW Regional website.

If anyone has any questions regarding the events please do not hesitate to contact Kelly Podbury:

750m Taster Event Entry Form

Open Water Online Entry Form


Sainsbury's active kids

Following our success in being awarded Swim 21 status, we are now seeking to maximise the benefits of this.

One such scheme that we can take advantage of to bring in free equipment to the club is Sainsbury's Active Kids.

Please collect your vouchers for WSMSC and post in our new letterbox under the trophy cabinets at Hutton moor, hand in at our club shop or hand to a member of committee.

Thank you in advance for your support.



Club post box

We now have a new post box for all swimming club forms and letters. All swimming meet entry forms should now be posted through our post box which is located underneath the trophy cabinet at Hutton Moor.



WSMSC Gala Entries

One immediate small measure to help meet the escalating cost of funding team manager/coach passes/expenses at galas is the introduction of a levy of £1 per swimmer per gala entered.

This is per gala and NOT per event, so if you enter four events at a gala you will pay £1 as will someone who enters six events at that gala. Roxie is going to design a cover sheet for all parents to fill out stating the number of events entered at a gala, the cost of an event entry and the addition of this levy, to help reconcile entries and payments (the County Championships entry form now has this as a line item).

The first event where this levy will apply will be the Somerset County Championships (entry details are available as above).

it will not apply to galas that we run.


ASA Competitive Swimming Performance Awards

WSMSC now offers the opportunity for parents of our swimmers, to acknowledge their achievements by purchasing badges and certificates for times swum at competitions and events.

For further information, please see this parents letter.

The award times are available here.

An order form is available here.

Ordering of awards is coordinated by Helen Finch who will be at Hutton Moor on Tuesday 9th February 2016 from 7:15pm-8.00pm should you have any questions or would like to see the badges and certificates.

Orders can be placed any Tuesday, by handing in the order form along with payment to Jon and Leanne at the club shop.


Pool Times, Squads and Race Suits


Please check the squad training times to make sure that swimmers are attending pre-pool. Being able to get in certain positions and fire given muscle groups on land, is a pre-cursor to performing the necessary skills in the water, which will allow continued improvement. Some swimmers have already been spotted as future “pre-pool experts"


Swimmers are grouped largely due to LTAD and their biological, physical and mental age/maturity. The movement criteria acts as a guideline to help parents to understand what the coaches are looking for.

Swimmers are moved for several reasons:

  • Sometimes they have reached the ceiling age for the squad that they are in and they need to shift the focus of their training to something else, to help them to continue to improve
  • Swimmers that demonstrate outstanding skills consistently, show that they are ready for a new challenge
  • Some swimmers hit a plateaux and need to change the focus of their training
  • Swimmers can be invited to ‘drop in’ to a session to help them to transition or because they need something extra to add to their programme when they are older - there always needs to be something to add on, in future years

Movement is not based on race times and does not make one swimmer ‘better’ than another. We work very hard to give every athlete the training that THEY need to help them to continue improving. Moving squads before a swimmer is ready, can be far more detrimental than moving too late.


A race suit is designed to improve swimming performance. In a swimmer’s early years of racing, improvements come from mastering race skills and growing. Due to the nature of the sport, swimmers are constantly chasing that next ‘golden carrot’ time and a race suit is a short cut in their developmental journey. If a swimmer NEEDS a race suit to achieve a certain time, they are not yet ready to compete at that level and need to develop the necessary skills to help them to progress.

Race suits can mask poor skills. The best young swimmers can race in training suits and know that they have another level for the meets that matter.

There are no short cuts to success - it takes 10 years or 10,000 hrs of training. Early short cuts will lead to plateaus later, which are really tough (psychologically) to overcome.  


  • NO race suits should EVER be worn for L4 or Development Meets
  • Race suits should ONLY be worn for last chance L3 meets (for County/Regional QTs)
  • L1 and 2 meets are where swimmers complete at a performance level - this is where race suits should be worn (but only using the correct process… not during warm up/swim down)


How do I find my child's time for a gala?

Licensed meet times can be found by looking at the ASA's database of times for each swimmer, known as their 'biog', or biography.

ASA biographies can be accessed by inserting your child’s ASA number into the search box on, or by putting your surname into the search box, then scrolling down and clicking on them from the results generated by surname.

Not all meets are licensed so a broader range of times actually swum (second, third and final leg split times of relays can NEVER be used to enter individual events) can be found on the club PB (Personal Best) list, which can be found in the members section of the website and on the board at Hutton Moor.


Swim 21

The ASA's National Swim21 panel has approved our submission for Swim21.

Swim21 is the ASA's 'kite mark' of good practice and the committee, lead very much by Steve Soper, has been working towards this for the past 18 months.

This award will enable the club to obtain bursaries more easily towards courses for volunteers, teachers and coaches and also means our older swimmers can participate in the ASA South West Region's young volunteer programme.    

For more information:


Parent Information Talk

The slides displayed during the Parent Information session presented by Rachel on Tuesday 6 Oct are available as a PDF file via the members page.

If you do not know the user/password to access this then please talk to a comittee member or email the Web Administrator for assistance.


Message to Parents

From Rachel Aldington, Head Swimming Coach WSMSC

Dear Parents, You are members of WSMSC because you recognise that the coaching team are keen to nurture young talent into exceptional senior swimmers. We do this by following LTAD guidelines and teaching age group swimmers the processes that are necessary during training and competition. This includes warming up, nutrition, ‘suiting up’ and swimming down.  

British Swimming recommends 1800m of swim down between races, to ensure that waste products are removed and muscles are ready to perform at maximal level again (documentation behind this available on request).  

It is essential that you support us at County Level, where swimmers are starting the journey towards this distance, by being asked to complete between 400-800m.  

The restrictions laid down by Somerset ASA, determining that ONLY those with coaches passes be in the swimmers area and on poolside, are to support your coaching team, in providing clear instructions to the swimmers (without confusion), to enable them to be the best that they can be.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please ask Rachel (email link above), if further clarification is needed.  

Rachel, Head Swimming Coach, WSMSC


Email bulletins

We have started sending out email updates/bulletins to everyone for which we have an email address.  If you are not receiving the emails and would like to do so, please send an email to the Membership Secretary, Jenny King, who will add your address to the list.

The latest bulletin inlcuded a report on the 2015 Zonals, which is also now on our Notice Board page, as well as a reminder about the Easy Fundraising initiative - details at the foot of the home page.


ASA Aquazone online

Phase 1 of the online magazine for ASA Category 2 members aged 9-15 is now live, offering a news feed, interviews, competitions and more.

For details and how to sign up, please see this notice from the ASA (PDF).


Payments for Galas

Where the club supports a gala and entries are invited from WSMSC swimmers, cheques should be made out to "WSMSC" please and not to the club hosting the gala. It is the norm that cheques are only banked either once full acceptance has been received that we have got our swimmers into the meet or at the time of the meet itself. We don't bank cheques at the time you submit your entry in case of rejections/scratches.


PB List

The PB List policy can be viewed here.

For individual updates to the PB List in line with the policy above, please email



The clubs coaches may wish to video swimmers to help them improve their stroke technique, turns and starts.

Video analysis is being used by more and more clubs as an aid to coaching and teaching as it allows the swimmer to see exactly what they are doing correctly and incorrectly.

If you would rather that your child is not videoed you should email Rachel Aldington to let her know, if you have any queries on this please contact the club chairman.


Land Training Schedule

April to August 2016


Somerset ASA News

Web Site News

If any site user encounters problem with the site, please email details including the address of the page, what error occurs, together with details of the browser, operating system and device being used to the Web Administrator, Mark Eveleigh. for investigation.


Last update: 16 May 2016



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Please see Newsletter 4 for details of how you can help WSMSC raise £5000 every year just by internet searching and shopping - at no extra cost or hassle to yourself. Please get online and register as a supporter of Weston-Super-Mare Swimming Club, then click Find & Remind to get an immediate 50p towards club funds to paste easyfundraising into your toolbar. Then, log into your easy account each time you go online and conduct internet searches via (based on yahoo, bing and ask) instead of google and earn us 0.5 pence for every completed search (don't panic into thinking it's not working - the stats on searching take a couple of weeks to show in the club and your individual account). Please ask friends and relations to follow us also, and get them to click on Find & Remind. If you're logged into your easyfundraising account, any retailer who offers donations to causes like ours (there are thousands, like Amazon, Argos, Expedia, ebay, Tesco, etc, etc) will automatically make the donation to us - just do what you normally do, but via

The opportunities that this presents for the club are massive - so long as we all buy into it (metaphorically speaking, as it doesn't cost a penny). Please join and then get searching! Thank you.  MA.