ASA partners with Easyfundraising


The ASA are committed to helping clubs teach, develop and nuture swimmers in the UK.  As part of this commitment the ASA have partnered with Easyfundraising – the UK’s biggest online shopping fundraising site.  This will enable clubs to generate free funding every time club members and their friends and family shop online!

How easyfundraising can benefit clubs:

Access to a free and unlimited funding source to invest in equipment, facilities, transport, coaching and more!
Exclusive resources and materials to help you get the whole club in support.
Exclusive access to a fundraising coach to give you help and advice over the phone.

With Christmas coming this is a great time to get started.

Every Club secretary has been sent out details of how to register their club – please contact them for further information.

Ever wondered how your hobby could affect your immune system?

If you are as regular pool swimmer with a partner who doesn’t swim at present you could be just the person to take part in a serious academic study involving 25 regular pool swimmers.

To be a candidate you should expect to have been swimming at least twice a week between 1 June 2016 and 1st December 2016. The study will take place over the winter 2016/17

Participation will last 13 weeks and would involve completing a short questionnaire each Monday morning about your health and activity the previous week. This would take about 10 minutes and you would have the choice of completing it online or on paper. Every 30 days you will also be asked to complete a slightly longer questionnaire about your general health. All your answers will be confidential and anonymised generic online pharmacy .

If you are interested in learning more about the study, please contact Naomi Collier on 07711 548991 or at It will then be up to you to decide whether you would like to participate.

ASA Strategy 2017-2021

Our vision is a nation swimming

And our role is to effectively lead, orchestrate and deliver initiatives that will encourage individuals across the country to use the water in the way that works best for them.

In the process of developing our new ASA 2017-21 strategy, we recognise that to achieve our vision we need to create an inspirational organisational brand. One that is meaningful to our colleagues and the general public, and with which our members, stakeholders and commercial partners are proud to be associated.

And this is where we would like to ask for your help..

Values are at the heart of a great brand and a successful organisation.

We’d like your input to define our values and bring them to life, shaping how we work and how we look going forward. We’d appreciate your thoughts and will be able to share the results in due course.

Take The Survey

Closing Date: 5.00pm Friday 30 September 2016

Thank you for your support.

Interim CEOJane M. Nickerson


Swim Serpentine – 24/25th September 2016

London Marathon in partnership with British Swimming and the ASA are putting on a mass participation open water swim and the British Open water championships. It will be held in the Serpentine on 24th (participation) and 25th (Championships) September 2016. It is expected there will be 4,000 participants on the Saturday and the Sunday will have all age groups, Masters and an Elite event. For more information please click here, or visit the website:


ASA T-30 Challenge

The ASA T-30 challenge is a unique and simple event which determines just one thing – who can swim the furthest in 30 minutes!

You don’t have to be a member of the ASA to enter the T-30 Challenge – it’s open to everyone living in Great Britain between 18 and 108 years old.

You can compete in your local pool as an individual or as part of a team with your club mates, friends, family or colleagues.

You could become a national champion for 2016 or compare your achievement against other swimmers in your age group

Whether you’re trying to beat your own PB, be the best in your county or even the country, it’s the perfect event for setting yourself a quick-swim challenge.

Entries for the 2016 T-30 Challenge opened on Friday 29 April and close at midnight on 31 December 2016. For more information or to enter please click here.

Three World Winter Swimming titles for Ellery McGowan

The 10th Winter Swimming World Championships were held from 9th to 12th March in Tyumen, Siberia, Russia, the fifth time that Godalming’s Empress of the Ice has taken part in this biannual competition.

The Russians certainly went to a lot of effort, creating a 10 lane, 25m long pool cut out of the frozen Tura River together with excellent facilities for registration and general socialising in the nearby football stadium complex.

IMG_2767With the air temperature starting around minus 12C in the mornings and creeping up to minus 1C at midday, and water hovering between minus 0.2C and plus 0.3C, these were true cold water swimming conditions. Fears of having to brave Siberian blizzards proved groundless as the swimmers were fortunate enough to have beautiful clear days with bright blue skies and little wind.

Competitors waited for their races in a warm tent near the start, and after the race was over they would grab a hot fruit tea on the way from the pool for the 150m walk back to the changing tent. It was welcoming to visit one of the mobile saunas or the hot tub to warm up and to hand signal pleasantries with other competitors.

Ellery’s first race was on the Wednesday and after seeing her lane fairly heavily covered in “crushed” ice she was pleasantly surprised to take 3rd place as breaststroke is not her forte.

The freestyle races were the following day and this year included the 100m for the first time. This gave Ellery three races – 25, 50 and 100m – from which she won three gold medals. Her forearms and hands were cut by the ice in her first event as the freezing temperatures caused the ice to reform after each “heat”. Swimming three events in one day, having “cut” wrists attended to after each one and warming up took its toll and Ellery was too tired to go to the evening party at the Hot Springs.

Over 1200 swimmers (predominantly Russian) from 42 countries took part and Ellery’s four medals placed her 11th overall in the final medal table, winning the most medals for a swimmer from the United Kingdom. Moreover these three latest titles bring Ellery’s haul to nine World Titles since 2008.



Enter the ASA National Masters Open Water Championships

Are you a competitive Masters swimmer?
Join us at the ASA National Masters Open Water Championships 2016
Saturday 23 July 2016
Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield
This is your chance to race for national honours.
The Masters 1.5k or 3k events will form part of the new ASA Open Water Festival weekend, so you’ll enjoy a fun, family atmosphere as well as a scenic swim in a rural setting.

Don’t miss out – register your interest today.

Sussex dominate 5km open water championships


Swimmers from across the region converged on Eastbourne for the 5km SER/Sussex Open Water Championship and the Eastbourne 2km Sea Swim. Regional swimmers were joined by swimmers from as far afield as Australia who came to experience the delights of sea swimming.

Saturday’s South East Region/Sussex 5km Championship took place in glorious sunny and calm conditions with a beach full of spectators enjoying Eastbourne’s sun. Chloe Pollard (East Grinstead SC) and Andrew Horsfall Turner (Beacon SC)  took the Open Championships with Junior first places to Maddison Drury (Hailsham SC) and Cavan Beck (Southend SC).

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