Joining the Club

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

Prospective members are welcome to join us for a maximum of three taster swims. After that they need to decide to continue swimming with the club and join the EDOWSC, or to make other arrangements for swimming without the support of the club. We expect swimmers to be able to swim continuously for a minimum of 30 minutes and to cover a mile (1.6 km) in not more than 45 minutes. The only cost per taster session is a £3.00 donation payable at the Registration Desk which goes towards the hire of changing facilities and the provision of a post-swim hot drink and biscuit.

The benefit of swimming with the club is the support and additional safety of swimming with a group of like-minded people. The swimmers are organised into small groups of similar abilities and operate a “buddy” scheme to offer support to each other. In addition, when possible, the club arranges for safety cover in the form of accompanying paddle-crafts and beach walking observers. 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.

As EDOWSC is affiliated to the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) members of the EDOWSC also need to be registered with the ASA. If you belong to another ASA affiliated swimming club then the ASA fees paid there will probably cover your admission here. In such circumstances you will only need to pay the EDOWSC annual fee of £22.00. Otherwise, you will need to pay your ASA and EDOWSC fees to this club as outlined on the club’s registration form.

The club website www.edowsc.org/ed offers information about the club including a calendar of events and many useful links to open water articles. Please visit the site regularly and let us know what you think.

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 mid 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 (same time and place) recommence in May 2016.

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

In order for the club to develop we need a healthy membership and to be financially secure. Consequently, your support is required so please

  1. complete and return a EDOWSC Membership Form 2016 either online below or by downloading in Word Format or printing in PDF Format
  2. send your cheque payable to EDOWSC or pay directly into the Club’s Bank account.
  3. renew annual membership by sending the renewal form with payment to EDOWSC to Matt Smith by 31 Jan to enable the Club to file its Membership return with the ASA.

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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