Joining the Club

including Membership Form and How to Pay.

Thank you for showing an interest in the East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club (EDOWSC). The club is a growing band of open water enthusiasts of varying abilities. Our members vary from some being recognised competitive swimmers to others who are social swimmers enjoying swimming in relative safety with like-minded people.

Club members at the August 2009 time trial

Club members at the August 2009 time trial

The club meets at Shore Road in Poole (just east of Sandbanks) on Tuesdays and Sundays at 1800 for an 1830 swim. The first swim of the 2016 season for Club members will be on 19 April. On Tuesday nights the club arranges safety cover in the form of accompanying paddle-craft and beach walking observers.

Sunday swims are intended for Club members who are experienced open water swimmers and commence on 8 May 2016 (same time and place). There is no safety cover for the Sunday swims.

Swimmers are organised into small groups of similar abilities and operate a “buddy” scheme to offer support to each other. Each swimmer is expected to take responsibility for their own actions and to join a group suitable for their standard of swimming. Swimmers do move between groups as their experience increases.

Naturally the decision to swim is subject to weather and sea conditions.

In terms of swimming ability, the only requirement is that swimmers can swim continuously for 20 minutes in open water conditions. Don’t worry if you are not a speedy swimmer, the key thing is just to be comfortable in the water. The aim of the Club is to be inclusive. We have lots of people who just come along for a gentle cruise, but there are also some serious competitive swimmers! Everyone is welcome, you can swim as fast or as slow as you like providing you observe the instructions given in the safety briefing prior to the swim. The benefit of sea swimming is there is no ‘lane rage’ – there is plenty of room!

We ask all prospective members to attend a taster session. Taster sessions are available on the 10 May, 7 June, 5 July, 2 August (unless notified otherwise). If bad weather prevents the taster session, it will be rescheduled on the following Tuesday. The tasters start at the same time as the club sessions. You can book onto a taster session here (http://www.edowsc.org/ed/about/make-an-appointment). The taster sessions cost £3.00, payable at the Registration Desk, which goes towards the hire of changing facilities and the provision of a post-swim hot drink and biscuit. During the taster sessions swimmers will learn about the various safety aspects of sea swimming. The taster sessions allow prospective members to have a go at sea swimming in a more closely supervised session.

After attending a taster session prospective members are welcome to join us for up to two more swims but must then join EDOWSC to continue swimming with us, or make other arrangements for swimming without the support of the club.

EDOWSC is affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) and our members also need to be registered with the ASA. We collect ASA, Regional and County ASA fees for club members on their behalf and pay these over to the ASA unless applicants are already registered with and pay their ASA fees to another club.

The total 2016 annual membership and training fee payable to EDOWSC for an ASA Category 1 swimmer is £35 and for an ASA Category 2 swimmer £50. Category 2 is for swimmers wishing to compete in any discipline in open competitions.

If you are already a member of another ASA club, you only need pay £22.00 fee to join and train with EDOWSC in 2016 but you need to let us know your ASA number.

The majority of our members are category 1 swimmers who pay £35.00 a year For £35.00 you get the chance to attend more than 40 club swims a year, with changing facilities, safety cover and free refreshments afterwards.

To join the club, you will need to complete the online form at the bottom of this page, making sure you fill in all required fields (marked by an asterisk) and answer the spam prevention question correctly. On successfully submitting the form you will be prompted to pay your fees online via PayPal or direct:

  • CHEQUE: Please make cheques payable to EDOWSC and return with your completed forms to this address:
    Matt Smith, EDOWSC Membership, 22 Bingham Avenue, Poole, Dorset. BH14 8NE
  • BANK TRANSFER. The details are below. Please enter your name in the Reference box so we know who has paid. You also need to post your completed forms to Matt and email edowscmembership@outlook.com confirming you have transferred the Funds.
    Name: East Dorset Open Water | Sort Code 30-96-73 | Account: 03121165

If you are unable to complete and return an EDOWSC Membership Form 2016 and pay online, you can download the form in Word Format or for printing in PDF Format.

Either way, we will confirm when you have successfully completed the form and paid your fees.

If you have any questions, please contact
Matt Smith, EDOWSC Membership, 22 Bingham Avenue, Poole, Dorset. BH14 8NE
Email: edowscmembership@outlook.com

Thank you!

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Section 1 - Member Details

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Ethnicity

Whilst your ethnicity is not a mandatory field, completing this field will assist the club to demonstrate its compliance with the ASA equity policy. Ethnicity descriptions are given below.

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Volunteers

We provide T-shirts for Volunteers who help us deliver a safe and enjoyable Seahorse Swim event. Please select your preferred size.

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Section 2 - ASA

Your ASA Membership and Marketing Communication Options follow:

Choose the ASA category of membership below consistent with the activities you wish to undertake.

Select Cat 1 if you are a non-competitive swim member, or Cat 2 if a swim member who will compete in ASA or affiliated Club / County / Region competitions.

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You can search for your ASA ID at

https://www.swimmingresults.org/membershipcheck/

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Skills and Qualifications

If you have any skills or qualifications that may be useful to EDOWSC please give details below. As a Swim 21 Club, this information helps us improve and offer new development opportunities for club members. Where appropriate please include date achieved, whether the qualification is still valid and any licence /roll /registration number. Some of these may not be swimming based; for example we may have an experienced (not necessarily qualified) BBQ chef amongst our ranks!

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Data Protection

I understand that my personal data will be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the ASA Data Protection Notice http://www.swimming.org/asa/about-us/data-protection-notice/

I understand my information will be stored on a computer system and only be used for the efficient running of EDOWSC and the ASA / British Swimming and will not be conveyed to any other person or organisation. I understand I may view the information stored about myself on request.

By electronically submitting / signing this form, I consent to receiving information about ASA / British Swimming initiatives from ASA / British Swimming and their commercial partners unless I tell you otherwise by checking the appropriate opt-out box(es) below.

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Section 3 - My 2 Emergency Contacts

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Section 4 - Declarations

A parent or guardian must sign if theapplicant or member is under the age of 18 years

Club Rules

I acknowledge receipt of the rules of East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club (see http://www.edowsc.org/ed/about/information-for-members) and confirm my understanding and acceptance that such rules (as amended from time to time) shall govern my membership of the Club. I further acknowledge and accept the responsibilities of membership upon members as set out in these rules.

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General Swimming Disclaimer

Whilst every endeavour is made to provide safety boat cover and shore walkers for our swimmers I understand this may not always be possible. I am also aware that the volunteer boat handlers may not have safety boat qualifications.

In signing the disclaimer below I accept responsibility for my own safe conduct at all times whilst swimming with EDOWSC.

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Distance Swimming Registration and Disclaimer

By opting to participate in distance swimming I accept sole responsibility for my safety and conduct at all times and in all aspects of the swims.

I understand the Club (EDOWSC) will not provide any beach walkers or paddle-craft support and strongly recommends that distance swimmers support each other by means of a buddy system.

I will wear the Club’s green swim hat to indicate to beach walkers and paddle-craft that I intend to swim further than the patrolled area.

I may decide at any time to remain in the patrolled area and on such occasions will wear the Club’s yellow swim hat as requested.

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Section 5 - Signing and submitting this form

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Tell us how you intend to pay

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Please note the form will not submit if the spam-prevention question below is answered incorrectly or information is still missing from required fields.

Fields marked with a * are required.

Section 1 - Member Details

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Ethnicity

Whilst your ethnicity is not a mandatory field, completing this field will assist the club to demonstrate its compliance with the ASA equity policy. Ethnicity descriptions are given below.

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Volunteers

We provide T-shirts for Volunteers who help us deliver a safe and enjoyable Seahorse Swim event. Please select your preferred size.

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Section 2 - ASA

Your ASA Membership and Marketing Communication Options follow:

Choose the ASA category of membership below consistent with the activities you wish to undertake.

Select Cat 1 if you are a non-competitive swim member, or Cat 2 if a swim member who will compete in ASA or affiliated Club / County / Region competitions.

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You can search for your ASA ID at

https://www.swimmingresults.org/membershipcheck/

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Skills and Qualifications

If you have any skills or qualifications that may be useful to EDOWSC please give details below. As a Swim 21 Club, this information helps us improve and offer new development opportunities for club members. Where appropriate please include date achieved, whether the qualification is still valid and any licence /roll /registration number. Some of these may not be swimming based; for example we may have an experienced (not necessarily qualified) BBQ chef amongst our ranks!

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Data Protection

I understand that my personal data will be collected, used and disclosed in accordance with the ASA Data Protection Notice http://www.swimming.org/asa/about-us/data-protection-notice/

I understand my information will be stored on a computer system and only be used for the efficient running of EDOWSC and the ASA / British Swimming and will not be conveyed to any other person or organisation. I understand I may view the information stored about myself on request.

By electronically submitting / signing this form, I consent to receiving information about ASA / British Swimming initiatives from ASA / British Swimming and their commercial partners unless I tell you otherwise by checking the appropriate opt-out box(es) below.

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Section 3 - My 2 Emergency Contacts

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Section 4 - Declarations

A parent or guardian must sign if theapplicant or member is under the age of 18 years

Club Rules

I acknowledge receipt of the rules of East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club (see http://www.edowsc.org/ed/about/information-for-members) and confirm my understanding and acceptance that such rules (as amended from time to time) shall govern my membership of the Club. I further acknowledge and accept the responsibilities of membership upon members as set out in these rules.

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General Swimming Disclaimer

Whilst every endeavour is made to provide safety boat cover and shore walkers for our swimmers I understand this may not always be possible. I am also aware that the volunteer boat handlers may not have safety boat qualifications.

In signing the disclaimer below I accept responsibility for my own safe conduct at all times whilst swimming with EDOWSC.

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Distance Swimming Registration and Disclaimer

By opting to participate in distance swimming I accept sole responsibility for my safety and conduct at all times and in all aspects of the swims.

I understand the Club (EDOWSC) will not provide any beach walkers or paddle-craft support and strongly recommends that distance swimmers support each other by means of a buddy system.

I will wear the Club’s green swim hat to indicate to beach walkers and paddle-craft that I intend to swim further than the patrolled area.

I may decide at any time to remain in the patrolled area and on such occasions will wear the Club’s yellow swim hat as requested.

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Section 5 - Signing and submitting this form

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Tell us how you intend to pay

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Please note the form will not submit if the spam-prevention question below is answered incorrectly or information is still missing from required fields.

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