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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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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 ...

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Latest News

New City of Bristol L3 LC Meet 11/12 July

Accepted entries and an updated schedule for the weekend are now available on the Fixtures page.

An appeal for officials has been made, if you are attending and can assist could you directly contact Sue Rodgers with details.


Land Training June - August 2015

The Land Training schedule later on this page has now been updated for dates through to the end of August.


Douglas Coles - Obituary

The death has occurred of Mr Douglas Albert Edward Coles, of Farndale Road, Weston-super-Mare. A life member of Weston-super-Mare Swimming Club and father of Mike Coles, club secretary and Chief Water Polo Coach.

He passed away on the evening of Saturday, June 13th, 2015, and he was aged 90 years.

He was the eldest son of Albert and Gertie Coles of Hurst Road, Weston-super-Mare. He had an elder sister, Edna, and two younger brothers Roy and John.

 Doug, a former chimney sweep in the town, celebrated his 90th birthday on Sunday, June 7th, with family and friends at The Beachlands Hotel, opened his many cards and presents on his actual birthday on Tuesday, June 9th, and his 67th wedding anniversary with his wife, Joan who he met at a dance in Winscombe in 1946. Doug, at the time was serving in the Royal Navy on board a minesweeper in the English Channel.

Douglas Coles

He joined the Navy at the age of 18, being awarded the Atlantic Star and the Burma Star, with service on Atlantic Convoys and duties in the Far East.

After the 1939-45 war he took part in the repatriation of personnel to Australia and New Zealand, and in the atomic test on Christmas Island.

On returning to civilian life, Mr Coles went into partnership with his father, Albert Coles, in a painting and decorating and chimney sweeping business, taking over the business on his father’s retirement, operating out of Alfred Street, in the town.

In 1982 he was awarded the Locking Trophy for service to youth in the Weston area, for his work with the Hildesheim Twinning Association and work with Weston-super- Mare Swimming Club. He was captain of the swimming club for six years, and his services as a committee member, coach and swimming teacher spanned over 30 years. He was always ready to tackle any task.

His hobbies were carpentry, gardening and playing bridge. Over the years he frequently won prizes in the many gardening and flower shows and competitions around the area; he played bridge for many local clubs, as well as organising whist drives in the town in the past.

He was a sidesman and regular worshiper at St John the Baptist Church, Parish Church of Weston-super-Mare.

He is survived by his widow, Joan, daughter Jeanette, and two sons, Michael and Robert; also six grandchildren and one great grandson.

The Funeral Service will take place on Friday, 3rd July, at 1.45 pm at St John the Baptist Church, Parish Church of Weston-super-Mare, Lower Church Road, Weston- super-Mare, followed by private cremation.


Fixtures update

The Fixtures page has been updated - WSMSC Relay Gala has been added for Saturday 25 July.  Warm-up will be 5PM, please keep an eye on the notice board for team A and B details.


PB list updated

The PB list in the members pages section has been updated (12 June) which includes some corrections to SWR times plus results from the recent Severnside Tritons meet.


Water Polo Funding Bid

Every month Mars Sports Fund donate £1000 cash to a sports individual or club in need of extra funding.  The water polo section is trying to bid for this money from Mars Milk and as such have made an application for funding.

Could everyone in the club please click on this link and vote to support our Polo club.


Development Gala (Horfield Liesure Centre)

A development gala hosted by Keynsham at Horfield Liesure Centre for 5PM on Saturday, 4 July has been added to the Fixtures page.



The South West Region School of Swimming Development 2015. Full details about this year's residential swim camp at Bryanston School, Blandford Forum, Dorset, from 9 to 15 August 2015, can be found at:

A number of swimmers from the Club have attended over the last few years. To get an idea of what it is like you could speak to: Reece T, Charlotte S, Evan B, Caitlyn W, James & Freya K, Holly & Megan R.




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.


Newsletter Archive

The archive of previous newsletters has been moved to the Headlines page (also available via the Notice Board button to the left).  This now includes the bumper issue 10 from Summer 2014.


Swimzoom Photos

Although the Swimzoom Sale has now ended, the photo gallery remains available.

A password is required to access all of the photos, this password is available from our members pages.


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 Club's Management Committee have produced a new PB List policy which can be viewed here.

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



Over the coming months the clubs coaches will be videoing 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 email the club chairman, Sue Dors.


Land Training Schedule

June to August 2015


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.


Web site changes

The club website and hosting changed effective 2 January 2015.  For any questions regarding this, please contact the web administrator, Mark Eveleigh.

Any saved bookmarks to the Members Pages area (e.g. for access to PB Lists) will need to be updated as the page addresses for these have changed slightly with the new hosting.

A number of old and unreferenced files have been removed.  The committee and teachers secure areas were out of date (files from around 2007/2008) have been removed from the site (contact Mark if any of these are still required).

Last update: 29 June 2015



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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.