Touch both sides


Touch both Sides swim the Channel

Congratulations to Tom Duly, Les Jessop, Jude Martin and Chris Millener – ‘Touch Both Sides’ who have successfully swum from England to France.

With the rough start to their channel swim came sea sickness but with determination the team pulled through this and cracked on with their swim. Time 13h 56m (unratified),

Huge well done

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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
Apply to enter the 7th East Dorset Open Water SC 2km & 3.8km Seahorse Swim which will take place on 3 July 2016 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 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

Briefing 21 Jun

Time Trial 21 June 2016

We staged the second of a series of informal Time Trials which we are holding once a month through the Summer. It was another great turnout of 20 swimmers, just one fewer than in May!

Congratulations to Tamsin, Clare, Emily, Christina, Jacob, Nick and Matt.

Results follow:


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

Sold out

Entries closed for Seahorse Swim 2016

View information for swimmers including course map and alternative course map. This has been sent by email to contacts.

Entries are now closed for the 2km and 3.8km swims on Sunday 3 July 2016 from Knoll Beach, Studland. Accepted entries are shown below.

We sent confirmation of entry emails to everyone who submitted a complete application and paid the corresponding fee.

Any applicant (online or postal) in receipt of an acknowledgement email from us who has not received confirmation of entry had 7 days in which to send the required payment to complete the entry. Anyone who has sent in or made payment without submitting a corresponding application had 7 days to submit the entry form.



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.


Club members at the August 2009 time trial

Club Social Evenings

We will be running regular events and get-togethers throughout the season, including Social evenings immediately following taster sessions on 7 June, 5 July, 2 August. We will provide more details closer to each event but we hope they will provide not only nibbles and drinks but an opportunity to get to know new members and share in the fun, enjoyment and challenges of open water swimming.

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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