Brownsea Swim 2014


Brownsea Swim 2014 Results

The 2014 around Brownsea Island Swim on 13 July 2014 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

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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 on 15 April 2014 through to September and Sunday sessions for experienced club open water swimmers begin on 4 May 2014. Initial taster swims are only available on the first Tuesday of the month, commencing 6 May 2014 through to August. You will find more information on the Club and how to join under the About menu tab.

If you can swim continuously for a minimum of 30 minutes, why not give Gerry, our Membership Secretary a call on 01929 556 009 or simply click on the Contact menu tab and leave us a message.

Seahorse Swim 2013 from John Bolton on Vimeo.

Studland Beach
The fifth East Dorset Open Water SC 3.8km Seahorse Swim will take place on 22 June 2014 near Knoll Beach, Studland.
- Entries are now closed
– Held by kind permission of the National Trust, in support of the Seahorse Trust.
– This is not an ASA event.
– You will find videos from previous Swims under the Gallery tab. Follow the menu links.
Click for 2013 report and results; 2012 press release and 2012 results; 2011 swim results and 2010 press release and results.

Featured Articles

Seahorse Swim 2014 Seahorse Swim 2014

Our Swim21 accredited club’s open water Seahorse Swim across Studland Bay in support of The Seahorse Trust and National Trust took place on 22 Jun 2014 and was filmed by Ross Birnie & Will Goldenberg.

Swim Safe in Bude 2013 Swim Safe is coming to Boscombe

The ASA and the RNLI are working together on a programme offering free improver swimming lessons and beach safety advice for children aged 7-14.

Bob Diggles with Ali and Bob Bob Diggles takes on Open Water Sport Relief challenge

BBC Radio Solent sport producer is tackling swims, cycles and runs in various ‘mouths’ in the south west for Sport Relief. On Wednesday 19 March he was in Bournemouth to interview and then swim with East Dorset Open Water club members by Bournemouth Pier.

Southborne 2013 10km Swim Results

The 10km swim saw a fantastic effort from everyone and some great swims! Needless to say we are very proud of your achievements, especially those of you who tackled the distance for the first time.

Lynne Cox Lynne Cox – Open Water Swimming Manual

Lynne Cox has set open water swimming records across the world, and now she has focused her decades-long experience and expertise into this definitive guide to swimming.

Swimtrek Seacombe 34 Seacombe

Bob Holman wasn’t sure whether to tell us about this wild swim as it is Dorset’s best kept secret!

Seahorse Swim

Seahorse Swim 2014 Seahorse Swim 2014 Results

East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club held its fifth annual Seahorse Swim on 22 Jun by kind permission of the National Trust and in support of the Seahorse Trust. The open water swim attracted 207 swimmers from all over the country and was held in near perfect conditions.

Club Chairman Bob Holman said that the club was very grateful for the help and support from RLSS Poole and associated lifesaving clubs for providing fantastic safety cover. Bob was delighted by very positive feedback from the swimmers, a tribute to the hard work of his committee and support from a fantastic group of volunteers on the day.


Calendar-Icon150 Provisional Events Calendar 2014

The calendar is regularly updated – please check back for new listings and when provided, events on British Swimming calendar * (with contact details of officials organiser).

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 2014 season for Club members will be on 15 April. Naturally the decision to swim is subject to weather and sea conditions. Contact Gerry Griffin for further details. Sunday swims for Club members who are experienced open water swimmers recommence on 4 May 2014 (same time and place).

Please note initial taster sessions are only available on the first Tuesday of each month (commencing May to September). If bad weather prevents this on the first Tuesday, it will be on the following Tuesday.

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Jordan Young with Ben Batley (ASA SWR President) and Chris Beal (Dorset ASA President) ASA SW and Dorset Open Water Championships 2014

EDOWSC may not not have had many swimmers in the championships held at Weymouth on 29 Jun 2014 following the 3.8km Seahorse Swim a week earlier but those attending put in good performances.


manow Swim Trek 2014

Joan and Ali have organised the fifth open water SwimTrek along the Dorset coast – Sunday 27 July. There will be no organised Club Swim at Shore Road that evening as most will have been taking part. Details of the event have been emailed to club members. who need to contact Joan to register.

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video2 Interview with Martin Kimberley

We were delighted that Martin Kimberley, Chief Executive of Active Dorset, was able to present prizes to first, second and third placed competitors in the Seahorse Swim 3.8km and 2km race categories. Afterwards, we asked Martin to share how Active Dorset is helping build particpation in sport and physical activity in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole

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video2 Keri-anne Payne gives her top tips for successful swimming

For all those looking to take up a new challenge this year and improve their swimming, Keri-anne Payne is offering her top tips to get you ready for race day!


Headphones Sport Relief 2014 on BBC Radio Solent

BBC Radio Solent’s Bob Diggles swam in the four ‘mouths’ of the South: Portsmouth, Yarmouth, Bournemouth and Weymouth, ran up the highest hills in south Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, and cycled the 250 miles in between… all in one week for Sport Relief 2014!