Marc Newman feeding


World Record set by Marc Newman for Dungeness to France swim

English Channel swimmer Marc Newman set a new 16h 9m (unratified) World Record by becoming the first person to complete the 26 mile Dungeness to France crossing which is nearly 20% longer than the traditional 21 mile route.

A huge well done to Marc on his amazing swim which has so far raised over £3000 for Julia’s House a children’s hospice based in Dorset. If you would like to donate to his charity please click on Marc’s justgiving page.

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Club Members

Our thriving Club is supported entirely by volunteers : people like you! Even if you don't fancy a dip in the sea, we can always do with more help.You could:

– walk the beach, ensuring swimmers have a safe enjoyable experience
– man one of our safety canoes as a qualified lifeguard.
– take the register so we know all our swimmers are accounted for
– help prepare refreshments and hot drinks.

And if that hasn't whetted your appetite, Gerry Griffin will happily get you involved

You can contact Gerry by email:

Join Us

We are a group of open water swimming enthusiasts of varying abilities. Our members range from competitive swimmers and triathletes to social swimmers who enjoy swimming in relative safety with like-minded people. Swimmers are organised into small groups of similar abilities. When possible, the club arranges for safety cover in the form of accompanying kayaks and beach walking observers

Tuesday sessions for Club Members will recommence mid April 2015 through to September and Sunday sessions for experienced club open water swimmers begin May 2015. Initial taster swims are only available on the first Tuesday of the month, commencing May 2015 through to August.

You will find more information on the Club and how to book a taster session and become a member under the About menu tab.

Seahorse Swim 2013 from John Bolton on Vimeo.

Studland Beach
The 7th East Dorset Open Water SC 2km & 3.8km Seahorse Swim took place on 3 July 2016 near Knoll Beach, Studland by kind permission of the National Trust and in support of the Seahorse Trust.
– This was not an ASA event.
– You will find results, a report, photos and videos from the event here. Media from previous Swims is accessible under the Gallery tab. Follow the menu links.
Click for 2015 report and results 2014 report and results and gallery; 2013 report and results; 2012 press release and 2012 results; 2011 swim results and 2010 press release and results.

Featured Articles

Time Trial Briefing July 2016

Time Trial 19 July 2016

14 club members took part in our third informal Time Trial of the season in testing conditions but glorious sunshine.


EDOWSC Membership Applications and Renewals 2016

The Membership year for EDOWSC and the ASA runs from 1 Jan to 31 Dec. We hope everyone enjoyed swimming with us in 2015 and will renew their membership by 31 January to to continue doing so this year and enable the Club to make its required full membership return to the ASA by mid-Feb. Find out to join / renew and pay here.

Emil and Jordan

EDOWSC 10km Swim Results

Congratulations to all nine swimmers who took part in our 10km swim on 13 September 2015. With very testing conditions and a ‘lumpy’ sea, everyone swam magnificently!

Brownsea Swim 2015

Brownsea Swim 2015 Results

The 2015 around Brownsea Island Swim on 2 August 2015 was well-supported by EDOWSC swimmers and volunteers. Our thanks as always go

  • RLSS Poole for organising the event and providing safety cover assisted by local lifeguarding clubs.
  • National Trust
  • John Lewis Partnership
Kitbrix kitbags

Kitbrix discount for Club Members

Seahorse Swim prize sponsors Kitbrix are delighted to offer EDOWSC club members a £5.00 discount on their kitbags (using code edowsc5) via Kitbrix. Robert Aldous introduces his company and explains why the kitbags are particularly suitable for open water swimmers and triathletes.


Seahorse Swim 2015 Results

Our sixth annual Seahorse Swim on 5 July 2015 attracted swimmers from all over the country to Knoll Beach, Studland for 3.8km and 2km events in support of the Seahorse Trust. It was a good to see current and former club swimmers winning their their categories.

Seahorse Swim

Seahorse Swim 2016

Seahorse Swim 2016 Results

East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club held its seventh annual Seahorse Swim on Sunday 3 July 2016 attracting swimmers from all over the country. The swim from Knoll Beach, Studland was held by kind permission of the National Trust and in support of the Seahorse Trust and was blessed with good weather.

Congratulations to Guy Giles who was first home and retained his title in the 3.8km wetsuit category. EDOWSC members Emily Clarke and Clare Jevons also won their respective 3.8km non-wetsuit and 2km wetsuit categories.

View photos in our Seahorse Swim 2016 Gallery taken by professional photographer Josh Nisbet. These and more high resolution images – pre-race, starts, finishes and presentations – will be available for sale from



Provisional Events Calendar 2016

Click to view calendar which is regularly updated – please check back soon for 2016 listings.
The club meets at Shore Road in Poole (just east of Sandbanks) on Tuesdays 6.00 pm for a 6.15 pm swim. The first swim of the 2016 season for Club members will be 19 April. Naturally the decision to swim is subject to weather and sea conditions. Contact Matt Smith for further details. Sunday swims for Club members who are experienced open water swimmers commence on 8 May 2016 (same time and place).
Please note initial taster sessions are only available on Tuesday 10 May, 7 June, 5 July, 2 August. If bad weather prevents this, it will be on the following Tuesday.
Informal club time trials over various distances for those who to participate will be on the third Tuesday: 17 May, 21 June, 19 July, 16 August 2016.
* means Club targeted


Preston Beach

SW Region & Dorset ASA Open Water Championships 2016

Saturday 25 June 2016 – Preston Beach Weymouth DT4 7SX

Entries are now open for this year’s SW Regional Open Water Championships, which also incorporate Dorset ASA Open Water Championships.

We encourage club members considering entering to read the information links below and submit their entry online.


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Swim & Trek 2016

A more detailed programme and briefing with be issued in due course, but here is an outline of the swims on 14 Aug 2016.

Swim 21


Qualify as a Level 2 Open Water Coach

There has been a recent change to the pre-requisites required for attending the ASA Level 2 Award in Coaching Open Water Swimming.

Previously it was necessary to hold an ASA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Swimming or a 1st4Sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Triathlon however an ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF or RQF) is now acceptable.



Marathon Swim Tips with Keri-anne Payne

Olympic Silver Medallist, Double World Champion and Great Swim ambassador Keri-anne Payne shares her top suggestions to help you tackle the impressive 10k marathon swim at the 2016 Great North Swim, Great East Swim and Great Scottish Swim!



Interview: Lynne Cox and Meghan Wren

WHYY Public Media: Lynne Cox on open water swimming; and Meghan Wren on swimming across the Delaware Bay

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