Vacancies: ASA National Volunteer Forum

The ASA National Volunteer Forum are recruiting now for a Vice Chair and three new Forum members to join the team.

The National Volunteer Forum is a group of proactive volunteers aged 25 and over from across the country who work together to develop volunteering within the aquatic disciplines.

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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 took place on 22 June 2014 near Knoll Beach, Studland by kind permission of the National Trust and 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 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

Southborne EDOWSC 10km Swim 2014 Results

Jordan Young (02:55:52), Rob Kellaway (03:05:12) and Mark Harris (03:05:40) were the fastest 3 finishers in the club sea swim from Sandbanks to Southbourne on 7 September 2014.

RIggers Book Now for EDOWSC End of 2014 Season Lunch

16 November 2014 – Harbour View room, RNLI College

To celebrate another successful open water swimming season, we plan to meet in the bar at 12.30 for drinks, followed by lunch. For the hardy souls who wish to enjoy(!) a bracing sea swim beforehand, the changing room at Shore Road will be available from 10.30am until noon.

Tom, Judith, Chris and Mark of the @edowsc Chilli Nutters Chilli Nutters Channel Relay 2014

Update 16 Aug 2am #edCN14 – @edowsc Chilli Nutters got the go ahead for their Channel relay crossing and left Dover at 11am on Fri 15 Aug. They completed it after 15h 14m of challenging conditions – well done to all.

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

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.

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.

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.

* means Club targeted


southbourne-2 EDOWSC 10km Swim 2014

The annual informal 10km swim for East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club members is set for Sunday 7 Sept.

There will be a staggered start and the favourable tide means the slower swimmers will set off first around 7am from Sandbanks Beach, near the Lifeguards Station (note NOT our usual Shore Road venue) with everyone aiming to finish at Fishermans Walk for refreshments around 11am.


openwater Global Open Water Swimming Conference 2014 report

We were delighted that Marc Newman was able to attend the two day conference held on 19/20 September 2014 and are looking forward to his report at our End of Season lunch.

Swim 21

manow End of 2014 Season Awards

We invite Club members to nominate members for the following open water swimming awards which will be presented at our end of season lunch.


video2 Great Scottish Swim 2014

World class athletes, around 2,500 amateur swimmers, and a huge number of supporters and spectators, were part of Scotland’s biggest ever open water swimming event, the Great Scottish Swim.


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!