Poole Beach 1952


Nominations open for Poole’s Sports Awards

Poole’s Sports Awards are held each year to celebrate sporting success in the Borough. They are hosted by Poole Sports Council and supported by the Borough of Poole and will once again be kindly sponsored by the Council’s leisure partners, Everyone Active Leisure Centres.

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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: Gerry-Wareham2003@hotmail.co.uk

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 sixth East Dorset Open Water SC 2km & 3.8km Seahorse Swim will take place on 5 July 2015 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

Kitbrix kitbags

Special offer on Kitbrix kitbags

We are delighted to inform you of a £5.00 discount on Kitbrix kitbags (using code seahorse5) on offer to all Seahorse Swim competitors from 3.8km 1st prize sponsors, Kitbrix. Robert Aldous demonstrates on video some of the features and benefits of Kitbrix kitbags which make them particularly suitable for open water swimmers and triathletes.

Swim Track for Kate Todd

Channel tunnel vision

Ali Budynkiewicz has shared the inspirational news that Kate Todd, who was awarded the 2012 most improved female swimmer award by EDOWSC, swam the channel in 15h 26m on 2 October 2014.


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.

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.

Seahorse Swim

Kitbrix sponsor kitbags for 3.8km 1st placed category winners

Seahorse Swim 2015 Entries and Information

Confirmed entries (as at 2 Jul) for the 3.8m & 2km swims at Knoll Beach on 5 July 2015 are shown below.

The briefing documents in the 17 Jun email to competitors are available to download here with course maps. Competitors are requested to check they are listed in the correct category and advise any error before 24 June as no further changes will be permitted on event day.

Reserve applications are still being taken on a first come first served basis.



Provisional Events Calendar 2015

Click to view calendar which is being updated – please check back regularly for more 2015 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 2015 season for Club members will be mid 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 in May 2015 (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


Rother Valley

Entries open for the 2015 ASA Open Water National Championships

The two day competition at Rother Valley Park, Sheffield will see top open water swimmers compete for national titles in Masters events on Sunday 2 August 2015, and national Age Group events on Monday 3 August 2015.

Entries for the National Age Groups events close at 12 noon on 1 July 2015, while entries for Masters events close at 12 noon on 16 July 2015.

Download information on the ASA Open Water National Championships, including conditions and entry pack.


Big Bay Swim

Free Health Checks at BU Festival of Learning 2015

This July, Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning returns for the third year running, with more events and activities than ever before.

Free Health Checks:
Saturday 11 July – 10:30-13:00.
Sunday 12 July – 14:00 – 16:00.

Drop in between these times to receive a free health check at Talbot Campus and have a BU fitness team member assess your body composition and general fitness/health through a quick series of static tests. No sports kit is required.

Swim 21


Club maintains swim21 quality mark

The National swim21 panel has met and approved East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club’s swim21 accreditation (Sport England ClubMark equivalent for ASA affiliated aquatics clubs) for the next 12 months.

swim21 accreditation is the ASA’s recognised kitemark for the development of effective, ethical and sustainable affiliated clubs.



Triathlon Tip – Open Water Swim Warmup

Triathlon Ireland Coach, Lynne Algar talks you through warming up for an open water swim or race along with pre-race acclimatization and start line positioning.



Paddy and Mick – Swimming and Philosophy

Fi Glover introduces a conversation between men who share an interest in mindfulness and meditation, and who also brave the icy waters of Northern Ireland’s lakes, rivers and seas. Another chat in The Listening Project series on BBC Radio 4.


Can you help?

Sign Up Below!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, particularly with tasks related to helping our sessions run smoothly and safely.

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